Richard Brautigan – Books and Broadsides

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and broadsides; excluding translations


1. Brautigan, Richard. THE RETURN OF THE RIVERS *
brautigan_returnFirst edition:
San Francisco: Inferno Press, May 1957
Broadside tipped into wrappers with tipped on label, 6″ x 9″, 4 pages, 100 signed copies.
(Barber 4)

Contents: “The Return of the Rivers” [collected in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26)]

2. Brautigan, Richard. THE GALILEE HITCH-HIKER
a. First edition:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, May 1958
Hand-sewn in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 200 copies, printed by Joe Dunn, cover illustration by Kenn Davis.
(Barber 7)

b. First edition, reprint issue:
San Francisco: The Cranium Press, December 1966
Hand-sewn in printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 700 copies (plus 16 numbered, signed and illustrated copies), cover illustration by Kenn Davis. Published as an “or book” by David Sandberg. Prospectus issued  announcing this reprint and featuring a signed drawing of a fish by Brautigan reproduced in facsimile.
(Barber 7)

Contents: “The Galilee Hitch-Hiker”  [collected in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26)]

Note: The Galilee Hitch-Hiker” is a single poem, with nine separate parts: “The Galilee Hitch-Hiker”, “The American Hotel”, “1939”, “The Flowerburgers”, “The Hour of Eternity”, “Salvador Dali”, “A Baseball Game”, “Insane Asylum”, “My Insect Funeral”

3. Brautigan, Richard. LAY THE MARBLE TEA
a. First edition:
San Francisco: Carp Press, April-May 1959
Saddle-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 500 copies, cover illustration by Kenn Davis.
(Barber 11)

Contents: “Portrait of the Id As Billy The Kid”, “Sonnet”^, “The Chinese Checker Players”^, “Portrait of a Child-Bride on Her Honeymoon”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “April Ground”, “The Ferris Wheel”, “Night”, “Cyclops”^, “The Escape of the Owl”, “In a Cafe”^, “Fragment”, “Herman Melville in Dreams, Moby Dick in Reality”, “Kafka’s Hat”^, “Yes, the Fish Music”^, “Cantos Falling”, “The Castle of the Cormorants”^, “Feel Free to Marry Emily Dickinson”, “Cat”, “A Childhood Spent in Tacoma”, “To England”^, “A Boat”^, “Geometry”, “The Twenty-Eight Cents for My Old Age”
[^collected in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26)]

a. First edition, second printing:
San Francisco: Carp Press, 1960

4. Brautigan, Richard. THE OCTOPUS FRONTIER
First edition:
San Francisco: Carp Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in printed and pictorial wrappers, 5″ x 7″, 20 pages, cover photograph by Gui de Angulo.
(Barber 12)

Contents: “The Sawmill”^, “1942”^ [previously published in J, No. 5], “The Wheel”^, “The Pumpkin Tide”^ [previously published in J, No. 4], “The Sidney Greenstreet Blues”^ [previously published in J, No. 4], “The Quail”^, “The Symbol”^, “A Postcard from Chinatown”^ [previously published in Foot, No. 1], “Sit Comma and Creeley Comma”^, “The Rape of Ophelia”^ [previously published in Foot, No. 1], “The Last Music Is Not Heard” [previously published in Foot, No. 1], “The Octopus Frontier”, “The Potato House of Julius Caesar”, “The Fever Monument”* [previously published in J, No. 1], “The Winos on Potrero Hill”^, “Mike”, “Horse Race”^ [previously published in Foot, No. 1], “The Old Folk’s Home”, “The Postman”^, “Surprise”^ [previously published in J, No. 4], “The Nature Poem”^ [previously published in Foot, No. 1], “Private Eye Lettuce”^
[^collected in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26)]

5. Brautigan, Richard. A CONFEDERATE GENERAL FROM BIG SUR *
a. First edition:
New York: Grove Press, 1964
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with gilt-stamped spine in dust jacket, 159 pages, cover illustration, “The Next to Last Confederate General”, by Larry Rivers. Brautigan’s first published novel.
(Barber 70)

b. First English edition:
Jonathan Cape, 1970
(Barber 71)

6. Brautigan, Richard. SEPTEMBER CALIFORNIA *
First edition:
San Francisco: San Francisco Arts Festival Commission, 1964
Broadside, 12.75″ x 20″, 300 copies, letterpress printed by East Wind Printers for the San Francisco Arts Festival Commission. Illustrated by Richard Correll. Laid into a portfolio entitled San Francisco Arts Festival: A Poetry Folio, 1964
(Barber 15)

Contents: “September California” [collected in Revenge of the Lawn (Barber 180)]

7. Brautigan, Richard. KARMA REPAIR KIT *
First edition:
San Francisco: The Communication Company, April 1967
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed.
(Barber 16)

Contents: “Karma Repair Kit” [collected in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Barber 22)]

8. Brautigan, Richard. ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE *
First edition:
San Francisco: The Communication Company, April 1967
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed.
(Barber 17)

Contents: “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” [collected in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Barber 22)]

9. Brautigan, Richard. FLOWERS FOR THOSE YOU LOVE *
First edition:
San Francisco: The Communication Company, April 1967
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed.
(Barber 18)

Contents: “Flowers for Those you Love” [collected in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Barber 22)]

10. Brautigan, Richard. LOVE POEM *
First edition:
San Francisco: The Communication Company, April 1967
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed.
(Barber 19)

Contents: “Love Poem” [collected in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Barber 22)]

11. Brautigan, Richard. THE BEAUTIFUL POEM *
First edition:
San Francisco: The Communication Company, April 1967
Broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph printed.
(Barber 20)

Contents: “The Beautiful Poem” [collected in All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (Barber 22)]

Note: written during Brautigan’s poet-in-residency at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, California, January 17-26, 1967.

12. Brautigan, Richard.  ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE *
First edition:
San Francisco: The Communication Company, April 1967
Side-stapled in printed and illustrated wrappers,  7″ x 8.75″, 36 pages, 1500 copies, cover photograph by Bill Brach.
(Barber 22)

Contents: “The Beautiful Poem”^, “December 24″^, “Milk for the Duck”^, “November 3″^ [previously published in O’er, No. 2], “Flowers for Those You Love”^, “San Francisco”^, “Star Hole”^, “Love Poem”^, “I Lie Here in a Strange Girl’s Apartment”^, “It’s Raining in Love”^ [previously published in Hollow Orange, No. 4], “Hey! This Is What It’s All About”^, “Our Beautiful West Coast Thing”^, “Widow’s Lament”^, “December 30″^, “Lovers”^, “A Mid-February Sky Dance”^, “Hey, Bacon!”^, “After Halloween Slump”^, “Hollywood”^, “It’s Going Down”^, “Albion Breakfast”^, “Comets”^ [previously published in Hollow Orange, No. 4], “The Pomegranate Circus”^, “My Nose Is Growing Old”^ [previously published in O’er, No. 2], “At the California Institute of Technology”^ [previously published in Totem, May 1967], “Your Catfish Friend”^, “Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4″^, “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace”^, “A Good-Talking Candle”^, “Nine Things”^ [previously published in Hollow Orange, No. 4], “A Lady”^, “Let’s Voyage into the New American House”^
[^collected in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26)]

From the copyright page: “Permission is granted to reprint any of these poems in magazines, books and newspapers if they are given away free. Bill Brock live with us a while on Pine Street. He took the photograph in the basement. It was a beautiful day in San Francisco. Some of these poems first appeared in Hollow Orange, Totem, O’er, and Beatitude. Five poems were published as broadsides by the Communication Company.”

13. Brautigan, Richard. SPINNING LIKE A GHOST ON THE BOTTOM OF A TOP, I’M HAUNTED BY ALL THE SPACE THAT I WILL LIVE WITHOUT YOU
First edition:
San Francisco: Free City Collective, October 1967
Broadside, 8.5″ x 14″, offset printed. Issued as part of Free City News, no. 1.
(Barber 35)

Contents: “Spinning like a Ghost on the Bottom of a Top, I’m haunted by all the Space that I will live without You” [collected and retitled “Boo, Forever” in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26)]

Note: included in an anthology of ten broadside poems, Free City News, No. 1, published by the Diggers in October 1967; also issued separately.

14. Brautigan, Richard. TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA *
a. First edition:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1967
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 112 pages, 2000 copies, cover photo by Erik Weber. Published as Writing 14.
(Barber 79)

b. First English edition:
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970
(Barber 80)

Note: Brautigan’s second published novel, Trout Fishing in America was the novel that launched his rise to literary fame, and is still considered by many critics as his defining literary work. Dedicated to Jack Spicer and Ron Loewinsohn.

15. Brautigan, Richard. PLEASE PLANT THIS BOOK
First edition:
Santa Barbara: Graham Mackintosh, 1968
Printed and illustrated folder with eight printed seed packets (each with a different poem) laid in, 6.25″ x 7″, 1500 copies, printed by Graham Mackintosh, typography by J.S. Brooke, cover photographs of Caledonia Jahrmarkt by Bill Brach.
(Barber 23)

Contents: “California Native Flowers”, “Shasta Daisy”, “Calendula”, “Sweet Alyssum Royal Carpet”, “Parsley”, “Squash”, “Carrots”, “Lettuce”

Note: The front of each packet was printed with a poem titled for the type of seeds (four of flowers, four of vegetables) contained in that packet. Planting instructions were printed on the back, the same for all eight packets.

16. Brautigan, Richard. THE SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER REPORT
a. First edition:
San Francisco: Graham Mackintosh, 1968
Broadside, 8″ x 13″, 2500 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh
(Barber 24)

b. First edition, second printing:
Goleta: Unicorn Books, 1969
Broadside, 9″ x 12″
(Barber 24)

Contents: “The San Francisco Weather Report” [collected in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster (Barber 26) as “Gee, You’re So Beautiful That It’s Starting to Rain”]

17. Brautigan, Richard. THE PILL VERSUS THE SPRINGHILL MINE DISASTER *
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1968
Perfect-bound in photo-illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 108 pages, cover photo by Edmund Shea. Published as Writing 20.
(Barber 26)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1968
Hardcover in paper-bound boards with gilt-stamped cloth backstrip, 108 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies. Binding by Schuberth Bookbindery. Published as Writing 20.
(Barber 26)

c. First English edition:
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970
(Barber 27)

Contents: in addition to thirty-eight previously uncollected poems, The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster includes The Return of the Rivers (May 1957), all nine parts of The Galilee Hitch-Hiker (1958), nine poems from the Lay The Marble Tea (1959), seventeen poems from The Octopus Frontier (1960), and all thirty two poems from All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (1967).

18. Brautigan, Richard. IN WATERMELON SUGAR *
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1968
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 138 pages, cover photograph by Edmund Shea. Published as Writing 21.
(Barber 106)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1968
Hardcover in paper-bound board with cloth backstrip and gilt-stamped spine, 138 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies.
(Barber 106)

c. First English edition:
London: Jonathan Cape, 1970
(Barber 107)

19. Brautigan, Richard. ROMMEL DRIVES ON DEEP INTO EGYPT *
a. First edition, regular copies:
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, April 1970
Perfect-bound in printed and photo-illustrated wrappers, 85 pages. Cover photo by Edmund Shea of Beverly Allen in a playground on the Panhandle of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
(Barber 36)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, April 1970
Hardcover in photo-illustrated boards in dust jacket, 85 pages. Cover photo by Edmund Shea of Beverly Allen in a playground on the Panhandle of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
(Barber 36)

c. First English edition:
London: Picador-Pan books, 1973
(Barber 37)

Contents: a collection of eighty-five poems

20. Brautigan, Richard. FIVE POEMS *
First edition:
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, Spring 1971
Broadside, 17″ x 11″. Issued as a keepsake for the 1971 International Antiquarian Book Fair in New York City.
(Barber 42)

Contents: “A Legend of Horses” [uncollected], “Toward the Pleasures of a Reconstituted Crow”^, “A Moth in Tucson, Arizona”^, “Death Like a Needle”^, “Heroine of the Time Machine”^
[^collected in Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork (Barber 56)]

21. Brautigan, Richard. THE ABORTION: AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE 1966 *
a. First edition, regular copies:
New York: Simon and Schuster, March 1971
Perfect-bound in printed and photo illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 226 pages, cover photo by Edmund Shea.
(Barber 116)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
New York: Simon and Schuster, March 1971
Hardcover in printed cloth-bound boards in printed and photo-illustrated dust jacket, 226 pages, cover photo by Edmund Shea.
(Barber 116)

c. First English edition:
London: Jonathan Cape, 1973
(Barber 117)

22. Brautigan, Richard. REVENGE OF THE LAWN: STORIES 1962-1970 *
a. First edition:
New York: Simon and Schuster, October 1971
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards in dust jacket, 5.75″ x 8.25″, 174 pages, cover photograph by Edmund Shea.
(Barber 180)

b. First English edition:
London: Jonathan Cape, 1972
(Barber 181)

Contents: a collection of sixty-two stories, this was Brautigan’s first, and only, published book of stories.

/-/-/-

23. Brautigan, Richard. THE HAWKLINE MONSTER: A GOTHIC WESTERN
First edition:
New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1974
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards in dust jacket, 216 pages, dust jacket illustration by Wendell Minor

24. Brautigan, Richard. LOADING MERCURY WITH A PITCHFORK *
First edition:
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards in dust jacket, cover photo by Erik Weber.
(Barber 56)

Brautigan poems: a collection of ninety-four poems; the poems were grouped in eight titled sections and featured the crow as a dominant figure throughout.

25. Brautigan, Richard. WILLARD AND HIS BOWLING TROPHIES: A PERVERSE MYSTERY
First edition:
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards in dust jacket, 167 pages, dust jacket illustration by Wendell Minor

26. Brautigan, Richard. SOMBRERO FALLOUT: A JAPANESE NOVEL
First edition:
New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1976
Hardcover in paper-bound boards in dust jacket, 187 pages, dust jacket illustration by John Ansado

27. Brautigan, Richard. DREAMING OF BABYLON: A PRIVATE EYE NOVEL 1942
First edition:
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1977
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards in dust jacket, 220 pages, dust jacket illustration by Craig Nelson

28. Brautigan, Richard. JUNE 30TH, JUNE 30TH *
First edition:
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1978
Hardcover in paper-bound boards in dust jacket, 99 pages, cover illustration by Walter Harper adapted from a photograph by Erik Weber of the Japanese immigration stamp in Brautigan’s passport.
(Barber 64)

Brautigan poems: a collection of seventy-seven poems, dated from May and June 1976, they form a poetic travel diary of Brautigan’s relationship with Japan, which he first visited during this time period. The form of this book follows the Japanese tradition of haibun, a collection of haiku gathered into a story line.

29. Brautigan, Richard. THE TOKYO-MONTANA EXPRESS
First edition:
New York: Targ Editions, December 1979
Hardcover in cloth-bound gilt-stamped boards in glassine dust jacket, 350 signed copies, designed and hand-printed by Leonard Seastone at Tideline Press

30. Brautigan, Richard. SO THE WIND WON’T BLOW IT ALL AWAY
First edition:
New York: Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence, 1982
Hardcover in paper-bound boards with cloth backstrip in dust jacket, 131 pages, cover photo by Roger Ressmeyer

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