11 October 2002
GINSBERG, Allen (1926-1997). Siesta in Xbalba and Return to the States. "As Published By The Author July 1956 Near ICY CAPE, ALASKA At the Sign of the Midnight Sun."
8o. Original wrappers, stapled as issued.
FIRST EDITION OF GINSBERG'S VERY SCARCE SECOND BOOK, SIGNED BY GINSBERG on the front wrapper. This is one of about 50 copies mimeographed by Ginsberg on a ship off the coast of Alaska. Ginsberg had previously issued Howl in a mimeographed edition produced by Martha Rexroth for her husband Kenneth Rexroth's poetry class at San Francisco State College in 1955; Howl was issued commercially by City Light Books in 1956. VERY RARE: American Book Prices Current records only the Goodwin copy as being sold at auction since 1975 (Parke-Bernet, 25 October 1977, lot 391). Dowden, p.12.
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