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White Rabbit Press

IMG_3062From 1957-1968, the White Rabbit Press published sixty-three books and ten broadsides. It was the primary publisher of the work of Spicer, Robin Blaser, and Robert Duncan—the three central figures of the literary movement first known as the Berkeley Renaissance, and later as the San Francisco Renaissance. 

Founded by Joe Dunn in 1957 to print the poetry of the Jack Spicer Circle, the first ten books were printed surreptitiously on a multilith at the Greyhound Bus offices on 7th street in San Francisco. These early books were illustrated by Jess, Robert Duncan, and Kenn Davis.

After a four-year hiatus, the imprint was revived in 1962 by Graham Mackintosh with Spicer’s LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS, which was published in a small edition of less than 100 copies and illustrated by Mackintosh.


1. Jonas, Steve. LOVE, THE POEM, THE SEA AND OTHER PIECES EXAMINED
jonas_loveSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November 1957
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover illustration by Jess.
(Johnston A1)


2. Spicer, Jack. AFTER LORCA
spicer_lorcaSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November & December 1957
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 76 pages, 500 copies (26 lettered and signed). Jack Spicer’s first book. Cover illustration by Jess. Introduction by Federico Garcia Lorca.
(Johnston A2)

3. Levertov, Denise. FIVE POEMS
levertov_fiveSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, January 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (200 copies). Cover illustration by Jess.
(Johnston A3)

4. Borregaard, Ebbe. THE WAPITIS
borregaard_wapitisSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, January 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (200 copies). Ebbe Borregaard’s first book. Cover illustration by Robert Duncan.
(Johnston A4)

5. Stanley, George. THE LOVE ROOT
stanley_loveSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, January 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (200 copies). George Stanley’s first book. Cover illustration by Robert Duncan.
(Johnston A5)

6. Duncan, Robert. FAUST FOUTU ACT 1
duncan_faustSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, March 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, 300 copies.
(Johnston A6)



7. Dull, Harold. THE BIRD POEMS
dull_birdSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, May 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 200 copies. Harold Dull’s first book. Cover illustration by Nugent.
(Johnston A7)


8. Brautigan, Richard. THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER
brautigan_galileeSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, May 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 6 pages, 200 copies. Cover illustration by Kenn Davis.
(Johnston A8)


9. Adam, Helen. THE QUEEN O’CROW CASTLE
adam_queenSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 20 pages, (200 copies). Cover illustration by Jess.
(Johnston A9)


10. Olson, Charles. O’RYAN 2 4 6 8 10
olson_oryanSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, September 1958
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 300 copies. Cover illustration by Jess.
(Johnston A10)


11. Spicer, Jack. LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS
spicer_lamentOakland: White Rabbit Press, 1962
First edition, sewn printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 16 pages, 125 copies. Cover illustration by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A11)


12. Andrews, Jr., Lyman. FUGUTIVE VISIONS
andrews_fugitiveOakland: White Rabbit Press, 1962
First edition, sewn sheets bound into printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 24 pages. Illustrations by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A12)


13. Dull, Harold. THE WOOD CLIMB DOWN OUT OF
dull_woodSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1963
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 12 pages.
(Johnston A13)



14. Primack, Ronnie. FOR THE LATE MAJOR HORACE BELL OF THE LOS ANGELES RANGERS
primack_lateSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1963
First edition, side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 32 pages. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.
(Johnston A14)


15. Stanley, George. TETE ROUGE / PONY EXPRESS RIDERS
stanley_teteSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1963
First edition, sheets laid into printed unbound wrappers, 6″ x 8.25″, 54 pages. Illustrated by Paul Alexander.
(Johnston A15)


16. Kearney, Lawrence. FIFTEEN POEMS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 9″, 20 pages. Kearney’s first book.
(Johnston A16)


17. Thorman, Janet. THE TAROT SUITE
thorman_tarotSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 24 pages. According to Johnston, “A supplement to OPEN SPACE magazine”.
(Johnston A17)

18. Spicer, Jack and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. DEAR FERLINGHETTI
spicer_ferlingSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, single 8.5″ x 14″ sheet folded once, letterpress.
(Johnston A19)


19. Spicer, Jack. THE HOLY GRAIL
spicer_holySan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets glued into printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 80 pages.
(Johnston A19)



20. Duncan, Robert. AS TESTIMONY
duncan_testimonySan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 24 pages, letterpress.
(Johnston A20)



21. Blaser, Robin. THE MOTH POEM
San Francisco: Open Space, 1964
First edition, side-stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 32 pages, 300 copies (12 with hand-colored end papers by the author), letterpress.
(Johnston A21)

22. Dull, Harold. THE DOOR
dull_doorSan Francisco: Open Space, 1964
First edition, side-stapled sheets with printed cover sheet, 8.5″ x 11″, 58 pages.
(Johnston A22)



23. Blaser, Robin. THE MOTH POEM
San Francisco: Open Space, May 1965
Second edition
(Johnston A23)

24. Duerden, Richard. THE FORK
duerden_forkSan Francisco: Open Space, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets glued into printed french-fold wrappers, 6.75″ x 8.5″, 92 pages, 500 copies, errata sheet tipped in, letterpress.
(Johnston A24)

25. Alexander, James. ETERNATURE
alexander_eturnatureSan Francisco: Oannes-Open Space, 1965
First edition, side stapled sheets glued into printed french-fold wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.25″, 104 pages, 250 copies. Illustrated by Paul Alexander.
(Johnston A25)


26. Olson, Charles. O’RYAN 1-10
olson_oryan02San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, saddle stapled printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.75″, 16 pages, 1026 copies (26 lettered copies in boards), letterpress. Illustrated by Jess.
(Johnston A26)


27. Blaser, Robin. LES CHIMERES
San Francisco: Open Space, 1965
(Johnston A27)

28. Stanley, George. FLOWERS
stanley_flowersSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.75″, 32 pages, 500 copies (26 lettered and signed in boards), letterpress.
(Johnston A28)


29. Dull, Harold. THE NIGHT OF THE PERSEIDS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
This title, after review by the author, was never issued.
(Johnston A29)

30. Spicer, Jack. LANGUAGE
spicer_languageSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 72 pages.
(Johnston A30)



31. Duncan, Robert. AS TESTIMONY
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
Second edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 24 pages, letterpress and offset.
(Johnston A31)

32. Duncan, Robert. THE SWEETNESS AND GREATNESS OF DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY
San Francisco: Open Space, 1965
(Johnston A32)

33. Spicer, Jack. BOOK OF MAGAZINE VERSE
spicer_magazineSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1966
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 7.75″, 56 pages, 1500 copies, letterpress.
(Johnston A33)



34. Ryan, John Allen. RUT
(San Francisco): Graham Mackintosh, 1966
(Johnston A34)

35. Alexander, James. THE JACK RABBIT POEM
alexander_jackSan Francisco: White Rabbit-Open Space, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 9″, 20 pages, 750 copies (26 numbered and signed in boards), letterpress.
(Johnston A35)


36. Perksy, Stan. LIVES OF THE FRENCH SYMBOLIST POETS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1966
(Johnston A36)

37. Showers, J. Anthony. THE ALIENS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1967
(Johnston A37)

38. Miles, Josephine. SAVING THE BAY
San Francisco: Open Space, 1967
(Johnston A38)

39. Dull, Harold. THE STAR YEAR
dull_starSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1967
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 48 pages, 500 copies, letterpress. Cover illustration by Fran Herndon.
(Johnston A39)


40. Duncan, Robert. THE CAT AND THE BLACKBIRD
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1967
First edition, comb-bound in illustrated wrappers, 9.25″ x 12″, 500 copies, lithograph. Illustrated by Jess.
(Johnston A40)


41. Dunn, Joe. BETTER DREAM HOUSE
dunn_betterSan Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1968
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.75″ x 9.25″, 32 pages, 1000 copies. Collages by Jess.
(Johnston A41)


42. Stanley, George. BEYOND LOVE
San Francisco: Open Space :: Dariel Press, 1968
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, no colophon. Dedication: “for Harold Dull”.
(Johnston A42)


43. Brautigan, Richard. PLEASE PLANT THIS BOOK
San Francisco: Graham Mackintosh, 1968
First edition, folder containing 8 printed seed packets, folder measures 6.25″ x 7″, 6000 copies. Photographs by Bill Brach.
(Johnston A43)


44. Thibeau, John. AN OPEN LETTER TO CHE GUEVARA
(Johnston A44)

45. SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS DURING AUGUST FIFTY YEARS OF GREAT PRINTING BY GRAHAM MACKINTOSH
San Francisco: Graham Mackintosh, 1968
First edition, folio sheet folded in quarter with 8-page booklet stapled inside, 6.5″ x 10″. Includes interview with Mackintosh by Robert Hawley (Oyez), the 8-page booklet lists books designed and printed by Mackintosh including titles from White Rabbit, Oyez, and Black Sparrow
(Johnston A45)

46. Chapson, James. JIM’S BOOK
White Rabbit Press, 1969
(Johnston A46)

47. Chapson, James. JIM’S BOOK
Nine Beasts Press, 1969
Second edition
(Johnston A47)

48. Spicer, Jack. A BOOK OF MUSIC
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1969
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 1800 copies. Cover art by Graham Mackintosh. Printed by Ron and Graham Mackintosh from a typescript made available by Peter Howard. Second issue variant was 150 copies printed Christmas 1969 for “friends of White Rabbit, Oyez, and the author”.
(Johnston A48, A48a)

49. Liddy, James. A LIFE OF STEPHEN DEDALUS
White Rabbit Press, December 1969
(Johnston A49)

50. Dusenbery, Walter. THE STORY OF THE BED
Natoma Society, 1970
(Johnston A50)

51. Ryan, John Allen. UNION ONION
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1970
(Johnston A51)

52. Siverley, Bill. DREAMS OF ORPHEUS
White Rabbit Press, March 1970
(Johnston A52)

53. Garcia, Luis. THE MECHANIC
White Rabbit Press, 1970
(Johnston A53)

54. Spicer, Jack. LANGUAGE
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965
Second edition
(Johnston A54)

55. Felson, Larry. BODY SONG
San Francisco: Elephant Press, April 1970
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 200 copies (13 signed and lettered by the author), letterpress. Printed by Graham’s brother Ronald Mackintosh.
(Johnston A55)

56. Scola, Eileen. TO MARY MAGDALENE
San Francisco: Elephant Press, 1970
Printed by Graham’s brother Ronald Mackintosh.
(Johnston A56)

57. Dorbin, Sandy. THE RUBY WOODS
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1971
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 9″, 36 pages, 480 copies. Illustration by Chuck Miller.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 36 pages, 26 numbered copies signed by the author. Illustration by Chuck Miller.
(Johnston A57)

58. Liddy, James. A MUNSTER SONG OF LOVE & WAR
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1971
(Johnston A58)

59. Kearney, Lawrence. DEAD POEM
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1971
(Johnston A59)

60. Thibeau, Jack. CONVERSATIONS WITH APOLLINAIRE
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1972
(Johnston A60)

61. Liddy, James. BAUDELAIRE’S BAR FLOWERS
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1975
(Johnston A61)

62. Farquhar, David. THE BIRTH OF ISRAEL
White Rabbit Press, 1976
(Johnston A62)

63. Spicer, Jack. COLLECTED POEMS 1945-1946
White Rabbit : Oyez, 1981
(Johnston A63)


References consulted:

Alastair Johnston. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WHITE RABBIT PRESS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press in association with Anacapa Books, 1985