Item #2083 Passage. Michael McClure.


Big Sur: Jonathan Williams, Publisher, 1956. First edition. [12] pp. String-tied printed wrappers. One of 200 copies printed. Some foxing, primarily first and last leaves.

McClure’s first book. Printed by the Windhover Press and published as Jargon 20. With original prospectus laid in, which contains the full text of the poem “For the Death of 100 Whales,” along with an excerpt of a letter from William Carlos Williams to publisher Jonathan Williams, who deems it “an astonishing composition.” McClure read the poem at the famous Six Gallery reading the previous year, where Ginsberg publicly debuted “Howl.” This prospectus must constitute its first publication, preceding the book.

Clements A1. Not in Wallace. Item #2083

Price: $1,250.00

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