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Auerhahn Press: Commissioned Publications

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This index includes commissioned publications printed by Auerhahn Press for various publishers and private parties from 1961 through 1965.

C. Commissioned Publications

1. SAN FRANCISCO TRIBUTE TO KENNETH PATCHEN
patchen_tributeSan Francisco: (Auerhahn Press), 1961
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 8 pages, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Program for memorial service, includes illustrated Patchen poem.
(Auerhahn 9)

2. Pomeroy, Ralph. STILLS & MOVIES
pomeroy_stillsSan Francisco: Gesture Press, 1961
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 41 pages, 500 copies printed at the Auerhahn Press. Cover art by Harold Bruder. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 11)

3. Suffin, Arnold. RESURRECTION
suffin_resurrectionSan Francisco: Arnold Suffin, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 8″, 40 pages, 200 copies, printed at the Auerhan Press.
(Auerhahn 12)


4. Racine, Jean. BRITTANICUS
racine_britannicusSan Francisco: Folio 1, 1962
First edition, hardcover, 6.25″ x 8.25″, 87 pages, 300 numbered copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Block prints by Tanya Lohman. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 16)

5. Magistretti, Paul. NOTES OF WHAT I CAN’T BE, OF WHAT I AM
magistretti_notesSan Francisco: The New Gnu Press, 1962
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 4.25″ x 7″, 40 pages, 400 numbered copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Printed anncounement issued.
(Auerhahn 25)


6. Hillsborough Garden Club. PLANTS FOR PICKING
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
(Auerhahn 26)

7. Magowan, Robin. VOYAGE NOIR
magowan_voyageSeattle: Robin Magowan, 1962
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, 500 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Cover illustration by Hervé Télémaque.
(Auerhahn 27)

8. Powell, Roxie. DREAMS OF STRAW
powell_dreamsSan Francisco: Roxie Powell,1963
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 6.75″, 16 pages, 250 copies, printed by Dave Haselwood and Charles Plymell at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 28)

9. Black, M. Graham. M. GRAHAM BLACK SENDS HIS OWN VERSES…
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.5″, 8 pages, 100 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. (Auerhahn 29)



10. Elvin, Steve. DRAWINGS OF A PEYOTE BOY
elvin_drawingsSan Francisco: Batman Gallery, (1963)
First edition, printed envelope containing 8 sheets printed with line cuts (one tinted), 9″ x 11″, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 30)


11. Blackley, R. John. BEYOND DUST
blackley_beyondSan Francisco: n.p., 1964
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 8″ x 10.25″, 64 pages, 175 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 31)


12. KOSHIRO ONCHI, 1891-1955: WOODCUTS
San Francisco: Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1964
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 42 pages, (750 copies), printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 32)

13. Corrington, John William. THE ANATOMY OF LOVE…
corrington_anatomyFort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9″, 86 pages, 1000 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Introduction by Richard Whittington.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6.5″ x 9″, 86 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Richard Whittington.
(Auerhahn 33)

14. Williams, Jonathan. LINES ABOUT HILLS ABOVE LAKES
williams_linesFort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 750 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain.
(Auerhahn 34)

15. Johnson, Ronald. A LINE OF POETRY, A ROW OF TREES
johnson_lineHighlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated french-fold wrappers, glassine dust jacket, errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in,  6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 500 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Thomas George. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.
— B. First edition, hardcover, unprinted dust jacket, 6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Thomas George. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.
(Auerhahn 35)

16. THE NEXUS CATALOGUE
nexus_catalogLa Jolla: The Nexus, 1964-65
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 4″ x 8.75″, 16 pages, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 36)

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams (March 8, 1929 – March 16, 2008) was an American poet, publisher, essayist, and photographer. He is known jw001as the founder of The Jargon Society, which has published poetry, experimental fiction, photography, and folk art since 1951.

Williams attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and then Princeton University, before dropping out to attend the Chicago Institute of Design and Black Mountain College, where he studied painting and graphic arts with Stanley William Hayter.

Along with David Ruff, Williams founded The Jargon Society in San Francisco in 1951 , with the goal of publishing obscure writers.

Associated with the Black Mountain poets, Williams was inspired by the visual arts, music, and the natural world; he experimented with found poetry and at times illustrated his work. His interests included civil rights, Appalachia and the Appalachian Trail, folk arts, and avant-garde poetry.

Through the relatively obscure but highly influential Jargon Press, Williams promoted the writings of such poets as Denise Levertov, Lorine Niedecker, Basil Bunting, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Louis Zukofsky, Paul Metcalf, Lou Harrison, Mina Loy, Joel Oppenheimer, Ronald Johnson, James Broughton, Alfred Starr Hamilton and many other works by the American and British avant-garde.

Once described as a “a busy gadfly who happened somehow to pitch on a slope in western North Carolina,” Williams was a living link between the experimental poets of Modernism’s “second wave” and the unknown vernacular artists of Appalachia. Guy Davenport likened Williams’ use of “found language” to the use of “found footage” by avant-garde filmmakers, as well as describing Williams as a species of cultural anthropologist. Williams for his part explained the fascination of such material in plainer terms:

“Well, as you know, a lot of my poetry is found and that’s, I think, because I think I’m quite a good listener and I’m willing to lay back and listen, and I think it’s something do with living in the country. I mean, this place, Skywinding Farm, there are times when Tom Meyer and I will only see somebody from the outside world once or twice a week. And we’ve known each other so long that we don’t talk as much as we might. Tom can talk up a storm, He’s up there in the Duncan/Olson class. So I like to listen and I like to hear things, so if you listen carefully then you do find things. I do it all the time. I mean, you know the early book, Blues and Roots, which was done in the course of walking a big piece of the Appalachian Trail, I listened to mountain people for over a thousand miles and I really heard some amazing stuff. And I left it pretty much as I heard it. I didn’t have to do anything but organize a little bit, crystallize it, you know. That’s the thing I love about found material, you wake it up, you “make” it into something.”

The literary critic Hugh Kenner described Williams as the “truffle hound of American poetry”.


Section A:
Books & Broadsides

1. GARBAGE LITTERS THE IRON FACE OF THE SUN’S CHILD
jargon_garbagelitters
First edition:
San Francisco: Jargon, June 1951
Broadside measuring 4″ x 13″ folded twice to make a 4″ x 5″ leaflet, 50 copies, letterpress printed by David Ruff at The Print Workshop. Engraving by David Ruff Published as Jargon 1. (Jaffe A4)
[not in archive]

2. RED / GRAY
a. First edition, regular copies:
Black Mountain: Jonathan Williams, January 1952
Folio sheet folded three times to make a 12-page gate-fold booklet, 8.5″ x 10″ (when folded), 100 copies. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth tipped in. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 3. (Jaffe A7)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Black Mountain: Jonathan Williams, January 1952
Folio sheet folded three times to make a 12-page gate-fold booklet, 8.5″ x 10″ (when folded), 50 copies signed by the writer  and illustrator. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth tipped in. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 3. (Jaffe A7)

3. FOUR STOPPAGES / A CONFIGURATION
First edition:
Stuttgart: Jargon, April 1953
Single sheet measuring 40″ x 15.25″ folded three times to make eight panels, 200 copies. Drawings by Charles Oscar. Published as Jargon 5. (Jaffe A8)
[not in archive]

4. JAMMIN’ THE GREEK SCENE
Not published:
Karlsruhe: Jonathan Williams, 1959
Approximately 4 proof copies were produced for a projected edition of 300 copies, but the book, with a cover designed by Fielding Dawson, was never published. (Jaffe A16)
[not in archive]

5. THE EMPIRE FINALS AT VERONA
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, September 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated French-fold wrappers, 8″ x 10.75″, 32 pages. Drawings and collage by Fielding Dawson. Published as Jargon 30. (Jaffe A12)

6. LORD! LORD! LORD!: TRADITIONAL FUNERAL MUSIC
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1959
Folding card, 5.5″ x 4.5″, handset and printed “for the friends of the Jargon Press” by Igal Roodenko. (Jaffe A13)

7. AMEN / HUZZA / SELAH
First edition:
Black Mountain: Jargon, Summer 1960
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 44 pages, 700 copies. Preface by Louis Zukofsky. Photographs by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13a. (Jaffe A15)

8. ELEGIES AND CELEBRATIONS
First edition:
Highlands: Jargon, Summer 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 48 pages, 750 copies. Preface by Robert Duncan. Photographs by Aaron Siskind and Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13b. (Jaffe A22)

9. IN ENGLAND’S GREEN &
williams_englandsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, July 1962
Hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Illustrated by Philip Van Aver.
(Auerhahn 20) (Jaffe A23)

10. EMBLEMS FOR THE LITTLE DELLS, AND NOOKS, AND CORNERS OF PARADISE
First edition:
London: Jargon, 1962
Broadside measuring 14.25″ x 9″ folded twice, 300 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Tom Raworth. Illustrated by Samuel Parker. Published as Jargon 62. (Jaffe A24)

11. LULLABIES TWISTERS GIBBERS DRAGS
First edition:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, August 1963
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 4″ x 9″, 20 pages, 1000 copies, letterpress printed by Villiers Publications, Ltd. in London. Cover design by R.B. Kitaj. Published as Jargon 61. (Jaffe A27)

12. DAVENPORT GAP
First edition:
Highlands: Jargon, December 1963
Broadside, 3.75″ x 8.5″, 750 copies. Published as Jargon Billboard #1. (Jaffe A 28)



13. PETITE COUNTRY CONCRETE SUITE
First edition:
Detroit: The Fenian Head Centre Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 6″, 20 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed. (Jaffe A33)


14. LINES ABOUT HILLS ABOVE LAKES
williams_linesa. First edition, regular copies:
Fort Lauderdale: Roman Books, March 1964
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain. (Auerhahn 34) (Jaffe A 29)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Fort Lauderdale: Roman Books, March 1964
Hardcover, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at the Auerhahn Press and bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain. (Auerhahn 34) (Jaffe A 29)

15. TWELVE JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK
[not in archive]

16. FOUR JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK
[not in archive]

17. PAEAN TO DVORAK, DEEMER & MCCLURE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, March 1966
Hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 100 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. (Haselwood 6) (Jaffe A 34)

18. TEN JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK

19. AFFILATI ATTREZI PER IGIARDINI DI CATULLO
First edition:
Milan: Lerici Editori, November 1966
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5″ x 8″, 124 pages, printed by Interpress Arti Grafiche in Milan. (Jaffe A39)


20. POLYCOTYLEDONOUS POEMS
First edition:
Stuttgart: Edition Hansjörg Mayer, 1967
Single sheet measuring 18.25″ x 25 folded four times to make 8 panels, 1000 copies. Published as Futura 15. (Jaffe A40)


21. EIGHT JARGONELLES FROM THE HERBALIST’S NOTEBOOK
[not in archive]

22. LULABIES TWISTERS GIBBERS DRAGS
(Jaffe A42)
[not in archive]

23. FIFTY EPIPHYTES
First edition:
London: Poet & Printer, Summer 1967
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4″ x 8″, 16 pages, 600 copies, printed by Alan Tarling in London. (Jaffe A43)


24. MAHLER BECOMES POLITICS . . . BEISBOL
[not in archive]

25. A FRENCH 75!
[not in archive]

26. THE LUCIDITIES
First edition, regular copies:
London: Turret Books, 1967
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 32 pages, 150 copies. Illustrated by John Furnival.

First edition, numbered and signed copies:
London: Turret Books, 1967
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 32 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by John Furnival.

27. A BESTIARY FOR ANTI-LAODICEANS, LAMED-VOVNIKS & LACANDONS
[not in archive]

28. THE PLASTIC HYDRANGEA PEOPLE POEMS

29. SHARP TOOLS FOR CATULLAN GARDENS
[not in archive]

30. RIPOSTES
First edition:
Stuttgart: Edition Domberger, December 1968
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers enclosed in blind-stamped portfolio, 7.5″ x 9″, 12 pages, 200 numbered and signed copies. (Jaffe A56)


31. AN EAR IN BARTRAM’S TREE
First edition:
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, March 1969
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 7″ x 10″, 162 pages, 2000 copies. Introduction by Guy Davenport. Illustrated by William Bartram. (Jaffe A57)

32. ON ARRIVING AT THE SAME AGE AS JACK BENNY
First edition:
Champaign: The Finial Press, 1969
Hand-sewn wrappers, 9.75″ x 12.75, 8 pages, 40 copies, letterpress printed by A. Doyle Moore at The Finial Press in Champaign. (Jaffe A58)


33. SIX RUSTICATED WALL-EYED POEMS
(Jaffe A60)
[not in archive]

34. THE APOCRYPHAL, ORACULAR YEAH-SAYINGS OF THE ERSATZ MAE WEST
[not in archive]

35. THE APOCRYPHAL, ORACULAR YEAH-SAYINGS OF MAE WEST

36. STRUNG OUT WITH ELGAR ON A HILL

THE PATAGONIAN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
First edition:
Champaign: Bill Desmond, 1971
Hand-sewn in printed french-fold wrappers, 5.75″ x 8.25″, 4 pages, 6 signed copies, letterpress printed by Bill Desmond (a student of A. Doyle Moore, The Finial Press). (Jaffe A66)

THE LOCO LOGODAEDALIST IN SITU
First edition:
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1972
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 9.75″, 152 pages. Illustrated by Joe Tilson. (Jaffe A 67)


COLONEL COLPORTEUR’S WINSTON-SALEM SNAKE-OIL
First edition:
Winston-Salem: Jonathan Williams, 1973
Corner-stapled in printed and illustrated coversheet, 8.5″ x 14″, 37 pages, 50 copies, xerox printed. (Jaffe A72)






Further reading:
Jacket Magazine
Poetry Foundation


References consulted:

JONATHAN WILLIAMS: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC CHECKLIST OF HIS WRITINGS, 1950-1988, compiled by James S. Jaffe
Haverford: James S. Jaffe Rare Books, 1989

THE BOOKS OF JONATHAN WILLIAMS: CHECKLIST 1952-1979, compiled by Arthur Uphill
London: Coracle Press, 1979

The Jargon Society

Jargon’s first booklet, which contained a poem by Williams with an engraving by David Ruff, was published in San Francisco in 1951. The press blossomed at Black Mountain College where its peripatetic director moved to study photography with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Jargon’s second publication was a poem by Joel Oppenheimer (“The Dancer”) with a drawing by Robert Rauschenberg. Over the next several years the press would publish Kenneth Patchen, Robert Creeley, The Maximus Poems by Charles Olson, more work by Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Denise Levertov, Michael McClure, Mina Loy, Robert Duncan, Fielding Dawson, Irving Layton, Guy Davenport, Paul Metcalf—the list goes on and on.

When asked why he has published what he has, Williams replied, “For pleasure surely. I am a stubborn, mountaineer Celt with an orphic, priapic, sybaritic streak that must have come to me, along with H. P. Lovecraft, from Outer Cosmic Infinity. Or maybe Flash Gordon brought it from Mongo? Jargon has allowed me to fill my shelves with books I cared for as passionately as I cared for the beloved books of childhood—which I still have: Oz, The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, Dr. Doolittle, Ransome, Kipling, et al.”

— Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips in A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE (Granary Books, 1998)


1. Williams, Jonathan. GARBAGE LITTERS THE IRON FACE OF THE SUN’S CHILD
First edition:
San Francisco: Jargon, June 1951
Broadside measuring 4″ x 13″ folded twice to make a 4″ x 5″ leaflet, 50 copies, letterpress printed by David Ruff at The Print Workshop. Engraving by David Ruff Published as Jargon 1. (Jaffe A4)
[not in archive]

2. Oppenheimer, Joel. THE DANCER
jargon_dancerFirst edition:
Highlands: Jargon, 1951
Single sheet folded once to make a 4-page booklet, 150 copies. Illustration by Robert Rauschenberg. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 2.

3. Williams, Jonathan. RED / GRAY 
a. First edition, regular copies:
Black Mountain: Jonathan Williams, January 1952
Folio sheet folded three times to make a 12-page gate-fold booklet, 8.5″ x 10″ (when folded), 100 copies. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth tipped in. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 3. (Jaffe A7)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Black Mountain: Jonathan Williams, January 1952
Folio sheet folded three times to make a 12-page gate-fold booklet, 8.5″ x 10″ (when folded), 50 copies signed by the writer  and illustrator. Drawings by Paul Ellsworth tipped in. Printed at the The Sad Devil Press by Joel Oppenheimer at Black Mountain College. Published as Jargon 3. (Jaffe A7)

4. Kalos, Victor. THE DOUBLE-BACKED BEAST
Black Mountain, 1952
Drawings by Dan Rice, 25 copies.

5. Williams, Jonathan. FOUR STOPPAGES / A CONFIGURATION
Stuttgart, 1953
Drawings by Charles Oscar, 200 copies. (Jaffe A8)

6. Patchen, Kenneth. FABLES & OTHER LITTLES TALES
Karlsruhe, 1953
450 copies.

7. Olson, Charles. THE MAXIMUS POEMS / 1-10
Suttgart, 1953
Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams, 300 copies, 9″ x 12″, 46 pages plus prospectus by Creeley.

8. Creeley, Robert. THE IMMORAL PROPOSITION
First edition:
Karlsruhe: Jonathan Williams, 1953
String-bound in illustrated wrappers, 9″ x 6.5″, 200 copies. Illustrated by René Laubiès, 200 copies, 15 pages. Published as Jargon 8. (Novik A3)

9. Olson, Charles. THE MAXIMUS POEMS / 11-22
Suttgart, 1956
Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams, 350 copies.

10. Creeley, Robert. ALL THAT IS LOVELY IN MEN
jargon_allthatFirst edition: 
Asheville: Jonathan Williams, 1955
Perfect bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 44 pages, 200 copies. Drawings by Dan Rice, photograph by Jonathan Williams,  Signed by Creeley and Rice on the colophon page. Printed by the Biltmore Press in Asheville. Published as Jargon 10. (Novik A6)

11. Patchen, Kenneth. POEM-SCAPES
Highlands, 1958.

12. Zukofsky, Louis. A TEST OF POETRY
New York, 1964.

13a. Williams, Jonathan. AMEN / HUZZA / SELAH
First edition:
Black Mountain: Jargon, Summer 1960
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 44 pages, 700 copies. Preface by Louis Zukofsky. Photographs by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13a. (Jaffe A15)

13b. Williams, Jonathan. ELEGIES AND CELEBRATIONS 
First edition:
Highlands: Jargon, Summer 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 48 pages, 750 copies. Preface by Robert Duncan. Photographs by Aaron Siskind and Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 13b. (Jaffe A22)

13c. Williams, Jonathan. JAMMIN’ THE GREEK SCENE 
Note by Charles Olson. Drawings by Fielding Dawson. James Jaffe notes, “Approximately 4 proof copies were produced for a projected edition of 300 copies, but the book, with a cover designed by Fielding Dawson, was never published.” Karlsruhe, 1959. (Jaffe A16)

14. Duncan, Robert. LETTERS: POEMS 1953-1956
a. First edition, regular copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Bound in marbled wrappers, 6.75″ x 10″, 450 numbered and signed copies. Drawings by Robert Duncan. Printed by Claude Fredericks. Published as Jargon 14. (Bertholf A9a)

a. First edition, hardcover copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Hardcover, 6.75″ x 10″, 450 numbered and signed copies. Drawings by Robert Duncan. Printed by Claude Fredericks. Published as Jargon 14. (Bertholf A9b)

15. Zukofsky, Louis. SOME TIME
Sutgart, 1956
A song setting on the cover by Celia Zukofsky.

16. Oppenheimer, Joel. THE DUTIFUL SON
Highlands, 1957
Frontispiece by Joseph Fiore.

17. Perkoff, Stuart Z. THE SUICIDE ROOM 
First edition:
Karlsruhe: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 9″, 200 copies. Drawing by Fielding Dawson. Photograph by Charles Kessler. Published as Jargon 17.

18. Irving Layton. THE IMPROVED BINOCULARS
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, Autumn 1956
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated French-fold wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 500 copies. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. Printed by the Stephens Press in Asheville. Published as Jargon 18.

19. Denise Levertov. OVERLAND TO THE ISLANDS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 6″ x 9.75″, 450 copies. Illustrated by Al Kresch. Calligraphy by Jonathan Williams. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 19.

a. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, Spring 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and marbled dust jacket, 6″ x 9.75″, 50 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by Al Kresch. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 19.

20. Michael McClure. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageFirst edition:
Big Sur: Jonathan Williams, 1956
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.75″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover by Jonathan Williams. Printed by the Windhover Press. Published as Jargon 20.  (Clements A1)

21. Kenneth Patchen. HURRAH FOR ANYTHING 
Highlands, 1957
Drawings by Kenneth Patchen.

22. Henry Miller. THE RED NOTEBOOK
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams|Jargon Books, 1958
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 92 pages. Facsimile of one of two notebooks which Miller kept during his Air-Conditioned Nightmare tour across America in the early 1940’s. Author photograph by Wynn Bullock. Published as Jargon 22.

23. Mina Loy. LUNAR BAEDEKER AND TIME-TABLES
Highlands, 1958
Introductions by William Carlos Williams, Kenneth Rexroth and Denise Levertov. Drawings by Emerson Woelffer.

24. Charles Olson. THE MAXIMUS POEMS
New York, 1960
Photograph by Frederick Sommer. Published in association with Corinth Books.

25. Paul C. Metcalf. WILL WEST
Asheville, 1956.

26. Robert Creeley. THE WHIP
a. First edition, regular copies:
Worchester: Migrant Books, Summer 1957
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5″ x 6.75″, 49 pages, 500 copies (plus 100 in cloth). Cover design by René Laubiès. Printed by Mossén Alcover in Palma de Mallorca. Published as Jargon 26 (Novik A8)

a. First edition, hardcover copies:
Worchester: Migrant Books, Summer 1957
Hardcover with printed spine, 5″ x 6.75″, 49 pages, 100 copies.  Printed by Mossén Alcover in Palma de Mallorca. Published as Jargon 26 (Novik A8)

27. Peyton Houston. SONNET VARIATIONS
Highlands, 1962
Photograph by Henry Holmes Smith.

28. Irving Layton. A LAUGHTER IN THE MIND
Highlands, 1958
Photograph by Frederick Sommer.

29. Bob Brown. 1450-1950
First edition:
New York, Jargon|Corinth, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 70 pages. Cover photograph by Jonathan Williams. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 29.

30. Jonathan Williams. THE EMPIRE FINALS AT VERONA
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, September 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated French-fold wrappers, 8″ x 10.75″, 32 pages. Drawings and collage by Fielding Dawson. Published as Jargon 30. (Jaffe A12)

31. Williams, Jonathan ed. 14 POETS, 1 ARTIST 
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1958
Unbound printed wrappers containing 14 printed pages, 5.75″ x 9″. Drawings by Fielding Dawson. Contributors include Paul Blackburn, Bob Brown, Edward Dahlberg, Max Finstein, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Goodman, Denise Levertov, Walter Lowenfels, Edward Marshall, E.A. Navaretta, Joel Oppenheimer, Gilbert Sorrentino, Jonathan Williams and Louis Zukofsky.

32. Walter Lowenfels. SOME DEATHS
Highlands, 1964
Introduction by Jonathan Williams. Photographs by Robert Schiller.

33. Robert Creeley. A FORM OF WOMEN
First edition:
New York: Jargon Books|Corinth Books, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 64 pages, 2000 copies. Cover photograph by Robert Schiller. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 33. (Novik A9)

34. Bob Brown. THE SELECTED POEMS 
Introduction by Kay Boyle. Drawing by Reuben Nakian. Jargon 34 was projected but never published.

35. Irving Layton. A RED CARPET FOR THE SUN
Highlands, 1959
Photograph by Harry Callahan.

36. Larry Eigner. ON MY EYES
Highlands, 1960
Introduction by Denise Levertov. Photographs by Harry Callahan.

37. Russell Edson. WHAT A MAN CAN SEE
First edition:
Penland: The Jargon Society, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and unprinted glassine dust jacket, 7.5″ x 10″, 86 pages. Drawings by Ray Johnson. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 37.

38. Giuseppe Gioachino Belli. THE ROMAN SONNETS
Highlands, 1960
Translated by Harold Norse. Preface by William Carlos Williams. Introduction by Alberto Moravia. Cover by Ray Johnson. Collage by Jean-Jacques Lebel.

39. Jonathan Williams. LORD! LORD! LORD!: TRADITIONAL FUNERAL MUSIC
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1959
Folding card, 5.5″ x 4.5″, handset and printed “for the friends of the Jargon Press” by Igal Roodenko. (Jaffe A13)

40. Gilbert Sorrentino. THE DARKNESS SURROUNDS US
Highlands, 1960
Introduction by Joel Oppenheimer. Collage and drawings by Fielding Dawson.

41. Lou Harrison. JARGON’S CHRISTMAS IN 1960: THREE CHORUSES FROM OPERA LIBRETTI, BY LOU HARRISON FOR ROBERT DUNCAN
First edition:
Highlands: Jonathan Williams, 1960
Hand-sewn in wrappers, 5.5″ x 4″, 4 pages. Published as Jargon 41.


42. Ronald Johnson. A LINE OF POETRY, A ROW OF TREES
a. First edition, regular copies:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and glassine dust jacket, 6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 500 copies with errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in. Illustrated by Thomas George. Printed at the Auerhahn Press in San Francisco. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42. (Auerhahn 35)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and glassine dust jacket, 6.5? x 10?, 80 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies with errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in. Illustrated by Thomas George. Printed at the Auerhahn Press in San Francisco. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.  (Auerhahn 35)

43. Paul C. Metcalf. GENOA: A TELLING OF WONDERS
Highlands, 1965
Iconography by Jonathan Williams.

44. Buckminster Fuller. UNTITLED EPIC POEM ON THE HISTORY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION
First edition:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1962
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers and printed glassine dust jacket, 5″ x 7.5″, 227 pages. Introduction by Russell Davenport. Printed by Heritage Printers in Charlotte. Published as Jargon 44.

45. Sherwood Anderson. SIX MID-AMERICAN CHANTS
Highlands, 1964
Photographs by Art Sinsabaugh. Preface by Edward Dahlberg. Postface by Frederick Eckman

46. Guy Davenport. FLOWERS AND LEAVES
First edition:
Highlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1966
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated french-fold wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.5″, 114 pages. Cover photograph by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Designed and printed by Andrew Hoyem in San Francisco. Published as Jargon 46.

47. Merle Hoyleman. Letters to Christopher
Introduction by George Marion O’Donnell. Jargon 47 was projected but never published.

48. Lorine Niedecker. TENDERNESS & GRISTLE: THE COLLECTED POEMS (1936-1966)
First edition:
Penland: The Jargon Society, 1968
Perfect-bound in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 10″, 2000 copies. Plant prints by A. Doyle Moore. Printed by the Falcon Press in Philadelphia. Published as Jargon 48.

49. Alfred Hamilton Starr. POEMS
Penland, 1970
Introduction by Geof Hewitt. Drawings by Philip Van Aver. Photograph by Simpson Kalisher.

50. Doris Ulmann. THE APPALACHIAN PHOTOGRAPHS OF DORIS ULMANN
Penland, 1971
Introduction by John Jacob Nies. Preface by Jonathan Williams.


Online Resources:

Jacket Magazine

The Jargon Society


References Consulted:

A Jargon Society Checklist
Books & Company 1979

Jargon at Forty: 1951-1991
SUNY, 1991