[Item #6023] The Chavin Illumination. Clayton Eshleman.
The Chavin Illumination
The Chavin Illumination
The Chavin Illumination

The Chavin Illumination

Lima, Peru: La Rama Florida, 1965. Limited First Edition. Softcover in Stiff Wrappers. Signed by Clayton Eshleman to Noted Mimeograph Revolutionary, Robin Eichele. This is a particularly interesting item for Your Devoted Managing Curator, as it capsulizes an intercontinental poetic linkage between two poets who would both end up in Michigan — one born here, the other a transplant who sunk his roots in this state’s soil — and both of whom the We at Third Mind Books would come to know well. The poets are the American literary-academic eminence, Clayton Eshleman, and the noted Mimeograph Revolutionary and co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop, Robin Eichele. In the early-to-mid 1960s, Eshleman — an Indiana native and well-traveled poet on American soil and beyond — was in contact with Eichele and John Sinclair at the Detroit Artists’ Workshop, who not only published Eshleman’s work in their magazines, often but had Clayton out to the Workshop for readings and workshops he gave, himself. Eshelman was then deep in his searching, penetrative program of scouring world literatures and working on translation projects as part of his own efforts towards poetic development. Around the time of this publication, Eshleman was working on his Cesar Vallejo translations, urged by Gary Snyder to go to Lima, Peru and continue on that path and task. This is why Eshleman is writing Eichele from such an exotic locale, so far removed from his midwestern, Indiana roots. If you know absolutely anything at all about Eshleman, you might have heard that the man was not known for his warmth; might have heard (correctly) that he could be unforgiving and merciless in his addresses and reprisals. This is what makes the inscription on this item (keep on reading!) so remarkable; and this, along with the actual quality of the poems in “The Chavin Illumination” (some of the young Eshleman’s best) make the lot here proffered incredibly alluring. Small-format softcover in stiff wrappers: 1/100 copies (with this being No. 78); the first and only printing of this exceedingly rare Eshleman collectible. As noted above, this lot is from the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop: robustly enriching the provenance in total. This copy is signed twice by Eshleman, — first to Eichele (on FFEP) and secondly at colophon. First signature, in gold-brown felt pen ink, reads: “For Robin — / Can we think of / this as a prelude? / warmly. + with / respect — Clayton / Lima / 66.” In very fine condition with only minute-to-moderate shelf-wear, age-toning, rubbing and light bumping to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; else pristine. Very Fine. [Item #6023]

Price: $100.00