10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 29,800
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
Photographs. [California:] Twelvetree Press, 1990.
Quarto (355 x 280 mm). 91 black and white photographs. Gelatin silver print (276 x 355 mm) with autograph caption, laid-in. Printed ephemera laid-in. Original grey cloth, spine and front cover lettered in blind; original printed dust-jacket; cloth folding box. Provenance: Allen Ginsberg (presentation inscription to:) -- Timothy Leary.
FIRST EDITION. AN EXCELLENT ASSOCIATION COPY LINKING TWO ICONS OF THE COUNTER-CULTURE. INSCRIBED BY GINSBERG WITH DRAWINGS TO TIMOTHY LEARY, AND WITH A GELATIN SILVER PRINT OF THE FRONTISPIECE IMAGE with the caption in Ginsberg's hand. "For Timothy Leary with thanks for lending his shade to the earth & to the company here together in early spring. 3/31/91. AH. Allen Ginsberg". Ginsberg and Leary first met in 1960, through Aldous Huxley, and appeared together at landmark counter-cultural events throughout the sixties. With two items of ephemera laid-in: Ginsberg's 'Statement' -- an appeal to fund Leary's defense ahead of his eventual conviction in 1970, and a stenciled banner promoting a psychedelic celebration organized by The League for Spiritual Discovery and led by Leary and Ginsberg. "Leary and Ginsberg had a long association as controversial icons in a slightly dubious anti-establishment movement. Ginsberg's photographs, together with the ephemera, are a cross-section of that history, the documentation of a very strange passage" (Associations). 101 Books, pp.266-67; Associations, pp.66-7. (4)
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