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4482 Depestre, Rene Vegetations of Splendor Chicago Vanguard Books 1980 PQ3949.D46 V413 Paper, staple-bound in black & white card wrappers illustrated with a wood block print by Kristen Wetterhahn. Translated from the French by Jack Hirschman who includes a translator's note. With an introductory note from Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4483 Boone, Bruce The truth about Ted : a selection from Carmen Berkeley exempli gratia 1984 PS3552.O6437 T78 Paper, staple bound in grey card with repeating design of a telephone headset on the cover; lilac pink end-papers; 16 unnumbered pages. A concoction of high gossip, sharp social analysis, and witty personal insights, this short, short story follows speculation among Boone and his friends at the time about a particular friend's sexual identity. A gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4484 Dull, Harold A Selection of poems for Jack Spicer on the tenth anniversary of his death San Francisco Harold Dull / privately printed 1975 PS3554.U425 S44 Blue wraps; circular yellow paper title label cut from back endpaper, pasted on cover. Stapled text, first edition; Harold Dull served as Jack Spicer's editor for White Rabbit press when it was first established. It is one of the imprints tied closely to the Spicer Circle and the San Francisco poetry Renaissance. A gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4485 Adam, Helen Selected Poems & Ballads New York City Helikon Press 1974 PS3551.D3 A17 Cloth, First edition, numbered & signed issue. 57 pp. bound in rust & brown marbled paper-covered boards; magenta cloth spine with bright gilt-lettering at the front panel and spine. Limited to 126 copies numbered and signed by the author. Limited edition, this is letter C of twenty-six SIGNED copies printed for friends of the poet, and also INSCRIBED: For my dear friend Bill [McNeill] with fondest love, Helen. A collection of 20 poems by Helen Adam. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4486 Adam, Helen Turn Again to Me and other poems New York Kulchur Foundation 1977 PS3551.D3 T8 Paper bound in b/w illustrated wrappers featuring a cover collage illustration by Helen Adam. First edition; 120 pages; includes numerous poems and collages by Helen Adam, a Scottish poet, collagist and photographer who was an active participant in The San Francisco Renaissance. SIGNED & INSCRIBED: "For dear Ernie with love from Helen." A gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4487 Spicer, Jack 15 False Propositions about God San Francisco Manroot Books 1974 PS3569.P47 F5 Paper, staple-bound in white card wrappers decorated in black & red print; 15 pp. text printed on dark gold paper; pale grey endpapers. 16 pgs., 6.5x8.5 inches, poet photo; first separate book appearance of this 15-part poem. Gift from Ernesto Edwards.
4488 Ingersoll, Robert G. Address at the funeral of Walt Whitman San Francisco ManRoot 1976 PS3235 .I5 Paper, staple bound in illustrated tan wrappers. First printing of this edition, [8 pp]; One of 1000 copies.Whitman had many close friends and admirers in his day. This eulogy of Walt Whitman was delivered by a man that Whitman respected and shared a close friendship, Robert G. Ingersoll. It was delivered in Camden New Jersey March 30, 1892. Wikipedia notes that, "The eulogy was published to great acclaim and is considered a classic panegyric." Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4489 Steward, Samuel M. Love Poems: Homage to Housman Boyes Hot Springs, Calif. Manroot Books 1984 PS3537.T479 L68 Paper, letterpress printed and hand-sewn in deep blue illustrated wrappers printed in silver; 44 pages; front half of text with deckled edges; Number 191 of 300 copies, SIGNED by Steward on the limitation page. Illustrated by line drawings by Steward ala Jean Cocteau. The poems were written by Steward in 1934 when he was a university professor. Printed by Paul Mariah. LAID IN: Thank You note from Paul Mariah to Ernesto Edwards. Gift from Ernesto Edwards.
4490 Plate, Peter the final chapter San Francisco Self-Published 1986 PS3566.L267 F56 Paper, perfect bound in pale lavender, photo-illustrated wrappers; black & yellow duotone cover photograph by Dana F. Smith. 55 pages. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4491 Broughton, James Erogeny South San Francisco ManRoot Books 1976 PS3503.R759 E7 Paper, 5.5x8.5 inches, staple-bound in photo-illustrated wrappers; red printed title. Personally inscribed to Bill McNeill by Paul Mariah, publisher. From an edition of 1,000 this poem was written for the Broughton's 1976 film of the same name. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4492 Johnston, Alastair A Bibliography of the White Rabbit Press Berkeley, California Poltroon Press 1985 Z232.W56 J64 Cloth, bound in grey buckram with colorfully graphic dust jacket. Limited to 500 copies; 23 illustrations of White Rabbit Press items. A short history of the press followed by an annotated bibliography covering 63 books and 10 broadsides published by White Rabbit between 1957 and 1981. At the suggestion of Jack Spicer, White Rabbit was established by Joe Dunn to publish the works of members of Spicer's Magic Poetry workshop at SF State University. The authors included Robin Blaser, Robert Duncan, Richard Brautigan, George Stanley, Stan Persky and Helen Adam. Graham Mackintosh later took over the imprint and continued to print works of the group. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4493 Killian, Kevin Spreadeagle Portland, Oregon Publication Studio 2012 PS3561.I375 S67 Paper, perfect bound in red card wrappers, printed in black. This novel (divided into two parts) is about a gay romance set in San Francisco. It was nominated for a LAMBDA Literary award. SIGNED & INSCRIBED: for Ernesto Edwards with love from Kevin 2013. Killian is noted as one of the original "New Narrative" writers. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4494 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Lawrence Ferlinghetti : the paintings : [exhibition], September 12 through November 21, 1993 Youngstown, Ohio Butler Institute of American Art 1993 NC139.F46 B88 Single folded sheet (6 unnumbered pages) with illustrations (some color) with text. Flyer announcing an exhibition to be held at the Butler Institute of American Art in 1993. Addressed to Michael McClure and signed by Ferlinghetti.
4495 Abbott, Steve Stretching the Agape Bra San Francisco Adrogyne Press 1980 PS3551.B267 S7 Paper, perfect bound in glossy b/w photo illustrated wrappers; portrait of Abbott and his daughter Alyssa on the cover; First edition, 52 pp. A writer, editor (Poetry Flash and SOUP magazine), hippie, cartoonist, and gay father, Steve Abbott was an integral and important force in the Bay Area writing scene in the late 70s and into the 80s. He was the first person to use the term New Narrative to describe the work of Bay Area writers Robert Gluck and Bruce Boone. Gift from Ernesto Edwards.
4496 Thibeau, Jack Conversations with Apollinaire San Francisco White Rabbit Press 1972 PS3570.H425 C6 Paper [16 pp] in stapled white card wrappers, illustrated with a b/w photograph of a mustached gentleman (who is not Guillaume Apollinare). Nine short prose pieces and poems on, or involving, Apollinaire, or the name, Apollinaire, typeset and printed on heavy grey paper with deckled edge. Handwritten dedication and a poem by Thibeau on verso: For Bill [McNeill], Jack Thibeau 5.21.72. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4497 Prevert, Jacques To paint the portrait of a bird : poem by Jacques Prévert, translated by Lawren Hastings, East Sussex Graphic Ideas 1994 PQ2631.R387 P6132 Paper, single sheet, folded once to make 4 unnumbered pages; prospectus for "To paint the portrait of a bird," a poem by Jacques Prevert and translated from the French by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, to be published in March 1994 by Graphic Ideas in a limited edition with illustrations by Hazel Brook. Includes order form and announcement of touring exhibition of the original illustrations.
4498 Peters, Robert The Peters black and blue guide to current literary journals Silver Springs, Maryland Cherry Valley Editions 1983 PS615 .P395 Paper, trade edition, perfect bound in illustrated white card wrappers; with drawings by Meredith Peters; first edition of short critical reviews of literary journals. Peters was a prolific poet and an important critic of contemporary American poetry. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4499 Duncan, Robert Prospectus for the first collected edition of the series of prose poems by Robert Duncan, The struct San Francisco The Arion Press 2008? PS3507.U629 S872 Paper, 12 unnumbered pages with illustrations of prints (some color) by Frank Lordell, staple bound in printed white wrappers. Prospectus for "The structure of Rime" the first collected edition of the series of prose-poems by Robert Duncan, to be published in a limited edition by The Arion Press in 2008. Includes pricing, order form laid in. Gift of Ernesto Edwards.
4500 Meltzer, David No eyes: Lester Young Santa Rosa, California Black Sparrow Press 2000 PS3563.E45 N6 Cloth, First edition, one of 200 hardcover trade copies bound in beige paper covered boards printed in orange, black & blue with photograph of Lester Young on the cover, cloth spine. 181 pages; this is David Meltzer's poetic meditation on the last year of the tenor saxophone players life. Serendipity Project.
4501 Posner, David The Dialogues Los Angeles Black Sparrow Press 1969 PS 3531 .O7642 D5 Cloth, hand-bound in printed red paper covered boards by Earle Gray, blue cloth spine with paper label. This copy is number 10 of 150 copies SIGNED by the poet. Frontispiece portrait of the poet by David Hockney. A collection of poetry based on potential dialogues in various situations. Serendipity book store collection.
4504 Meltzer, David Blue Rags Berkeley Oyez 1974 PS3563.E45 B55 Cloth, bound in blue fabric covered boards with linen spine, paper label with white, b/w photo-illustrated wrappers. One of an edition of 100 copies, printed letterpress and bound by hand by Graham Mackintosh, this is numbered 86, SIGNED by the author. Serendipity Book Store Poetry Collection.
4505 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence White on White San Francisco Committee on the Breytenbach Case 1977 PS3511.E557 W48 Political Broadside printed on 1 sheet of white paper, folded twice; with an illustration by Breyten. At end of poem: dated March 1977, and an afterword: "After reading Breyten Breytenbach, Afrikaans white poet." "On November 24, 1975, the South African (Afrikaner) poet, painter, and anti-apartheid activist Breyten Breytenbach was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment under South Africa's "terrorism" laws....A group has been formed in San Francisco to gather and disseminate the facts in the Breytenbach case, and a preliminary report has been issued. Copies are available from the address below"--Colophon.
4506 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Where is Vietnam? San Francisco City Lights Books 1965 PS3511.E557 W47 Single sheet of white paper, black and white printed folded broadside; originally priced at 10-cents. An early and outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, Ferlinghetti attacked the American leaders at public rallies and in his poetry. Here, the poet lambastes President Johnson as "Colonel Cornpone" who callously orders the suffering and death of people on the other side of the earth.
4507 Ferlinghetti, Lawrence Berlin San Francisco Golden Mountain Press 1961 PS3511.E557 B46 Paper, very thin octavo [21.5 cm] Staple-bound in tan, brown printed wraps; 5 pages, printed in brown ink and priced at 15 cents; Distributed by City Lights Books. One of 1000 copies (the entire edition) published October, 1961.
4508 Meltzer, David Isla Vista notes : fragmentary apocalyptic didactic contradiction Santa Barbara, Calif. Christopher Books 1970 PS3563.E45 I8 Paper, browned pages staple bound in stiff card wrappers, tan with black & red printing; first edition; one of 1000 copies. Serendipity Book Store Poetry Collection.