GINSBERG, Allen (1926-1997). Howl, for Carl Solomon. [San Francisco State College: typed by Robert Creeley and mimeographed by Marthe Rexroth, 16 May 1956.]
4o (278 x 215 mm). , 15 leaves, printed on rectos only in purple ink:  title,  dedication to Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady and Lucien Carr; 1-9 "Howl"; 10 "A Supermarket in California"; 11-12 "Sunflower Sutra"; 13-15 "America." Unstapled. Provenance: Peter Howard, to the present owner.
AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY
ONE OF 25 COPIES PRINTED FOR PRESENTATION, WITH INSCRIPTIONS BY GINSBERG, MARTHE REXROTH, MICHAEL MCCLURE, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, GARY SNYDER, PHILIP WHALEN AND DAVID. Inscribed by Ginsberg at head of title:"The original mimeo sheets were typed by Robert Creeley & printed off by Martha [sic] Rexroth at S.F. State where she was secretary. Allen Gisnberg." Below the title, Marthe Rexroth has written: "I cranked the ditto master at SF State first time around-and I went to the reading. Marthe Rexroth." On the verso of the title, McClure has written the lengthy note: "This first long poem of Allen's was read at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October 1955. I was 22 years old and gave my first reading also that night. I read a poem titled FOR THE DEATHS OF 100 WHALES and other poems of consciousness. Our co-readers that night were Whalen, Snyder, & Lamantia. Kenneth Rexroth was M.C. I met Jack Kerouac that night. The group of us - minus Lamantia - read again in Berkeley, March 1956, on a rainy evening. It was a fine evening for poetry and I remember my pleasure in Allen's comic 'America'. I read mostly from a huge notebook of experimental poems of consciousness. Michael McClure." On the dedication page are the signatures of Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and an inscription by David Meltzer: "When Allen first read Kaddish in SF, I read too. I was 22." Snyder and Whalen read at the Six Gallery the same night Ginsberg read "Howl," and Ferlinghetti published its first trade edition through his City Lights Press in 1956.
VERY RARE: only two copies of the mimeographed "Howl" have appeared at auction according to American Book Prices Current, and certainly none with the superb inscriptions of the present, documenting the importance of its impact in the American literary canon. Morgan A1.a1.