[Item #6044] Tau & Journey to the End. Philip Lamantia, John Hoffman.
Tau & Journey to the End
Tau & Journey to the End
Tau & Journey to the End
Tau & Journey to the End
Tau & Journey to the End

Tau & Journey to the End

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2008. Uncorrected Advance Proof. Softcover. "Acclaimed at age 15 by Andre Breton as "a voice that rises once in a thousand years," Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) was America's greatest surrealist poet for over 60 years, as well as an influence on the Beat Generation. Tau is his lost second book, suppressed by the poet in 1955 due to his evolving spiritual beliefs. That same year, at the famous Six Gallery reading where Allen Ginsberg debuted "Howl," Lamantia read the poems of his close friend John Hoffman (1928-1952), who died in Mexico of unknown causes. Journey to the End, prepared by Lamantia himself, collects all of Hoffman's surviving works. These important Beat-era manuscripts are available here for the first time." (from back cover) A very important long-lost collection of poems by the Beat-Surrealist Master Poet Philip Lamantia; along with the collected poems of his friend, the enigmatic poet John Hoffman who died under mysterious circumstances in Guadalajara, Mexico at age twenty-four. Edited & with introductory notes on both collections by Garrett Caples (b. 1972), the acclaimed American poet, author & journalist. The Hoffman collection is also preceded with two introductions by Lamantia, written during 1954 & 1959. A small-format softcover published by City Lights Books as the fifty-nineth number in its iconic Pocket Poets Series this copy is an "Uncorrected Advance Proof" announcing a publication date of April 15, 2008 (first leaf recto). Loosely included between inner front cover & front endpaper/first leaf are two publisher's promotional documents, with near-identical texts, much-folded & in very fine condition with only touches of edgewear. From the collection of Kevin Ring, editor, publisher & contributor to Beat Scene magazine & other indispensable productions, & our good friend in the UK. A most significant Beat-&-Beyond collectible in an exceedingly rare form with distinguished provenance. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing, faint scratching to front,back covers & (blank) spine; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only a touch of light browning to blank white inner covers; tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #6044]

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