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Jack Spicer – Books

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Section A:
This index collects books, chapbooks, and pamphlets


1. AFTER LORCA
spicer_lorcaa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November-December 1957
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 76 pages, 474 copies, multilith printed by Joe Dunn. Jack Spicer’s first book of poetry. Cover illustration by Jess Collins. Introduction by Federico Garcia Lorca. (Johnston A2)

b. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November-December 1957
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 76 pages, 26 copies lettered and signed with a drawing by the author, multilith printed by Joe Dunn. Jack Spicer’s first book of poetry. Cover illustration by Jess Collins. Introduction by Federico Garcia Lorca. (Johnston A2)

c. First edition, second issue:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, November-December 1957
Unbound (but collated and folded) without wrappers issued in mailing envelope at a later date. (Johnston A2)

d. First UK edition:
London: Aloes Books, 1969

e. Second edition:
n.p.: Marco Polio, 1974

2. HOMAGE TO CREELEY 
spicer_homageFirst edition:
Annapolis: Harold and Dore Dull, Summer 1959
Side-stapled in printed covers, 8.5″ x 11″, 33 pages, 100 copies, spirit-mimeo printed. Incorporated into A4.


3. BILLY THE KID
spicer_billya. First edition, first state:
Stinson Beach: Enkidu Surrogate, October 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 750 copies, offset printed.  Illustrations by Jess Collins.

b. First edition, second state:
The second state includes holograph corrections to text on page 8; holograph addition of ‘Face’ at end of section VI.

c. Second edition:
Dublin: New Writers’ Press, 1969

d. Third edition
n.p.: Oyster Press, March 1975

4. THE HEADS IF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER
spicer_headsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated  and printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.75″, 109 pages, 750 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 4.75″ x 7.25″, 109 pages, 50 copies signed by the author and artist, with an original drawing by Spicer, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

5. LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS
spicer_lamenta. First edition:
Oakland: White Rabbit Press, 1962
Hand-sewn in illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 16 pages, 100 copies, offset printed. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A11)

Note: According to Johnston, “Back of title page has a fictitious acknowledgments list (by Graham Mackintosh) taken from Robert Duncan’s The Opening of the Field.”

b. First UK edition:
London: Aloes, 1971

6. THE HOLY GRAIL
spicer_holya. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled and glued into illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 80 pages, offset printed. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A19)

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1964
Hardcover, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 80 pages, 13 copies signed (4 were reportedly destroyed during signing), offset printed. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A19)

spicer_holy2c. Second, Pirated edition:
Berkeley: Jolly Roger Press, February 1969
Side-stapled printed and illustrated sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Published anonymously by Richard Krech and John Oliver Simon at the Undermine Press.

Pirate’s Note: “I only heard Jack Spicer read once, at the the Berkeley poetry conference in july 65. an hour after he read THE HOLY GRAIL, the last copy was gone from the avenue bookstores… this free pirate edition is distributed to make the poem available to those who need it.”

d. Third edition:
Watertown: Augtwofive, 1970





e. Fourth edition:
Portland: Timeworn (Poor Claudia at Revolution Publishing), 2014

7. LANGUAGE
spicer_languagea. First edition:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, June 1965
Perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 72 pages, 950 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A30)

Note: Most poems first appeared in OPEN SPACE.

b. First edition, second printing:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1970
Perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 10″, 72 pages, 950 copies, offset printed from the first edition. Text added to the colophon: “Second printing 1970”. (Johnston A54)

8. BOOK OF MAGAZINE VERSE
spicer_magazinea. First edition:
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1966
Perfect-bound printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 7.75″, 56 pages, 1500 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh. Prepared for publication from the original manuscript by Stan Persky. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh.  (Johnston A33)

According to Johnston, “The cover is a parody of the cover of Poetry (Chicago). The poems are arranged in groups intended for various little magazines and newspapers, each section printed on a stock appropriate to that publication, so that for example, the poems for Tish are on blue mimeo paper, those for the St. Louis Sporting News on newsprint.”

b. First edition, second printing
San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1970
Perfect-bound printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 7.75″, 56 pages, 1500 copies, letterpress printed by Graham Mackintosh. Prepared for publication from the original manuscript by Stan Persky. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A33)

9. A BOOK OF MUSIC
spicer_musica. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: White Rabbit, 1969
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 1800 copies designed and printed by Ron and Graham Mackintosh from a typescript made available by Peter Howard. The cover was one decided upon by the author. Illustrated by Graham Mackintosh. (Johnston A48)

b. First edition, variant copies:
Variant copies include additional printed text on the front leaf: “150 copies printed Christmas, 1969 / for friends of White Rabbit, Oyez, / and the author”. (Johnston A48a)

10. THE RED WHEELBARROW
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Arif Press, June 1971
Hand-sewn printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 5.5″, 24 pages, 475 copies, letterpress printed. Illustrated by  Wesley Tanner. Printed by Wesley Tanner at Cranium Press.

b. First edition, numbered copies:
Berkeley: Arif Press, June 1971
Hand-sewn printed and illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 5.5″, 24 pages, 25 copies with hand-colored frontispiece, signed by the illustrator, letterpress printed. Illustrated by  Wesley Tanner. Printed by Wesley Tanner at Cranium Press.

Note: Printed announcement issued.

11. SOME THINGS FROM JACK
First edition:
Verona: Plain Wrapper Press, 1972
Wrappers, 6.5″ x 10.25″, 11 pages, 91 numbered copies, printed letterpress. Introduction by Richard Rummonds. Linocut by Miroslav Zahradka.

12. ADMONITIONS
First edition:
New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1974
Side-stapled printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 44 pages, mimeograph printed.



13. QUARTUS 1: A LOST POEM
First edition:
Verona: Plain Wrapper Press, 1974
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 9.5″ x 11.5″, 8 pages, 114 numbered copies signed by the artist, letterpress printed. Postscript by Richard-Gabriel Rummonds. Illustrated with two etchings by Ariel Parkinson.

14. FIFTEEN FALSE PROPOSITIONS ABOUT GOD
First edition:
South San Francisco: Manroot, September 1974
Saddle-stapled printed and illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, offset printed.

Poem first appeared in Beatitude, No. 3 (San Francisco, May 1959)

15. THE COLLECTED BOOKS OF JACK SPICER
a. First edition, paperback copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1975
Perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.75″, 382 pages including bibliography of first editions, 1000 copies. Edited and with commentary by Robin Blaser. Typography by Graham Mackintosh/White Rabbit.

b. First edition, hardcover copies: 
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1975
Hardcover in acetate dust jacket, 6.5″ x 9″, 382 pages including bibliography of first editions, 1000 copies. Edited and with commentary by Robin Blaser. Typography by Graham Mackintosh/White Rabbit.

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, May 1975
Hardcover in acetate dust jacket and slipcase, 6.5″ x 9″, 382 pages including bibliography of first editions, 100 copies, numbered and signed by Robin Blaser. Edited and with commentary by Robin Blaser. Typography by Graham Mackintosh/White Rabbit.

16. ONE NIGHT STAND & OTHER POEMS
First edition:
San Francisco: Grey Fox Press, 1980
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards without dust jacket as issued, 98 pages. Edited by Donald Allen. Preface by Robert Duncan.

17. COLLECTED POEMS, 1945-46
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez/White Rabbit Press, 1981
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 7″ x 9″, 32 pages, lithographed from the author’s typescript.


18. THE TOWER OF BABEL
First edition:
Hoboken, N.J: Talisman House, 1994
Perfect-bound photo-illustrated wrappers, 170 pages. Chapter one of Jack Spicer’s Detective Novel, edited by Ed Foster and Kevin Killian.

Described by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian as “a satiric look at the private world of poetry gone public in the wake of the Six Gallery HOWL reading of October, 1955.”

19. TRAIN OF THOUGHT
First edition:
Gran Canaria: Zasterle Press, 1994
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 62 pages, 300 numbered copies. Edited with an introduction by Lewis Ellingham and Kevin Killian.
Chapter three of Jack Spicer’s unpublished detective novel

20. MAP POEMS
First edition:
Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 2005
Thirty-five copies printed: bound in brown paper wrappers. Introduction by Kevin Killian and Peter Gizzi

Michael McClure: Books and Broadsides

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This index includes books and broadsides beginning with McClure’s first book through the end of the 1960’s…

A. Books and Broadsides

1. McClure, Michael. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageBig Sur: Jonathan Williams – Publisher, June 1956
First edition, sewn wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.75″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 20. Printed by the Windhover Press.
(Clements A1)

2. McClure, Michael. PEYOTE POEM
(San Francisco): Wallace Berman, 1958.
First edition, folded broadside tipped into folder, 9″ x 12″, 200 copies. Published as SEMINA 3.
(Clements A2)


3. McClure, Michael. FOR ARTAUD
mcclure_forartaudNew York: Totem Press, June 1959
First edition, illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (750 copies). Published as Blue Plate #2. (Clements A3)



4. McClure, Michael. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEEP CLOUD
(San Francisco): (Wallace Berman), (1959)
First edition, broadside, 3.5″ x 4.25″. Laid into Semina 4.




5. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS
mcclure_hymnsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, October 1959
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, (950 copies). Cover illustration by McClure.
(Clements A4, Auerhahn 4)


6. McClure, Michael. FUCK DEATH
(San Francisco): privately printed, 1959
First edition, folded card, 5″ x 3.5″.
(Clements A5)

7. McClure, Michael. !THE FEAST!
San Francisco: The Batman Gallery, 1960
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph. A working script of the play.
(Clements A6)

8. McClure. Michael. WE ARE IMPERVIOUS AS THE SKIN OF OUR DREAMS
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), (1960)
First edition, broadside, 4″ x 6.25″. Laid into Semina 5.




9. McClure, Michael. THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE
New York: Grove Press, August 1961
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 64 pages, (4,000 copies). Photo of McClure on rear wrapper by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A7)


10. McClure, Michael. PILLOW
New York: New York Poets Theatre, 1961.
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 7 pages. A working script of the play.
(Clements A8)

11. McClure, Michael. SPONTANEOUS HYMN TO KUNDALINI
(New Orleans): (Loujon Press), (Fall 1961)
First edition, broadside, 5.75″ x 9″. An offprint from The Outsider, Vol. 1, No.1.




12. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrownSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, Winter 1961
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
Printed announcement issued.
(Clements A9, Auerhahn 13)

13. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1963
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 84 pages, (3,000 copies). (Clements A10, Cook 41)




14. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR SHEET
(San Francisco): privately printed, (1963)
First edition, broadside, 6.25″ x 2″. According to Clements, copies were given away by the author as tickets at readings in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.
(Clements A11)
[not in archive]

15. McClure, Michael. TWO FOR BRUCE CONNER
(San Francisco): Oyez Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 500 copies. Published as Oyez #1, printed by Auerhahn Press.
(Clements A12)

16. McClure, Michael. POERTRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE
(Los Angeles): privately printed, 1964
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 5.5″. Announces a reading by McClure. Photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman; make up by Robert LaVigne. Beneath the photo is a statement by McClure beginning “Poetry is a muscular principle…”
(Clements A13)

17. McClure, Michael. BLUE-BLACK...
(Los Angeles): privately printed, (Summer 1964)
First edition, broadside, 7.5″ x 2.5″. Contains one-line poem: “BLUE-BLACK SPACE RAINBOW GRAHHR”.
(Clements A14)

18. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM: OR BILLY THE KID
mcclure_blossomNew York: American Theatre for Poets, June 1964
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 26 pages. A working script of the play.
(Clements A15)


19. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco:  privately printed, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 108 pages, 1480 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust wrapper, 109 pages, 20 copies signed. Issued with a copy of BLUE BLACK… (see A17) laid in.
Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A16)

20. McClure, Michael. DOUBLE MURDER! VAHROOOOOOOHR!
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), 1964
First edition, broadside, 3″ x 4.75″, (200 copies). Contained in a small manila envelope bearing an altered photograph of Jack Ruby at the point of murdering Lee Harvey Oswalk. Published as SEMINA 9.
(Clements A17)

21. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION, LIONESS
mcclure_lovelion(San Francisco):  privately printed, (December 1964)
— A. First edition, poster, 28″ x 22″, 350 copies printed in red and blue in the style of a boxing poster.
— B. First edition, broadside, 11″ x 8.5″, 70 copies printed in black in the style of a boxing poster.
Tickets measuring 5.5″ x 2.25″ were printed for the fictitious event.
(Clements A18)

22. McClure, Michael. 13 MAD SONNETS
mcclure_13madMilan: East 128, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets in printed dust jacket, 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages, 315 copies (299 numbered for sale). Photographs of McClure by Ettore Sotsass Jr.
(Clements A19)

23. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
(San Francisco):  privately printed, April 1965
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 71 pages, 350 copies planned, 330 produced. (Clements A20)



24. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisoned(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 576 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in printed dust wrapper, 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 24 copies lettered alpha through omega and signed by the author. Bound by Dorothy Hawley.
(Clements A21)

25. McClure, Michael. UNTO CAESAR
mcclure_unto(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1965)
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  24 pages, circa 60 copies.
(Haselwood 1)

26. McClure, Michael. DREAM TABLE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
First edition, 30 double-sided printed cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″, 200 sets (30 signed). Each card is printed with a Lion and a Tree ornament on one side and two words on the other.
(Haselwood 5)


27. McClure, Michael. LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1966)
First edition, 24 cards in printed envelope, 2″ x 2″, envelope measures 4.5″ x 5.75″. Each card is printed with  four words one side and a hallucinogram on the other. Illustrated by Bruce Conner.
(Haselwood 10)

28. McClure, Michael and Bruce Conner. MANDALAS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 10″ x 10″, 32 pages, 1200 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner. Printed announcement issued.
(Haselwood 11)

29. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION BOOK
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 40 copies numbered and signed.
Published as Writing 11.

30. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisonedSan Francisco:  Coyote, 1966
First edition thus, second printing, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 5000 copies.



31. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1966
Second expanded edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 120 pages. This expanded edition contains three essays not found in the 1963 publication: “Phi Upsilon Kappa”, “Defense of Jayne Mansfield”, and “Reason”. (not in Cook)

32. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
San Francisco: Coyote, 1967

33. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
New York: Grove Press, 1967

34. McClure, Michael. WAR IS DECOR IN MY CAVERN CAVE
(San Francisco): Communication Company, (1967)

35. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM, OR BILLY THE KID
Milwaukee: Great Lakes Books, 1967

36. McClure, Michael. FREEWHEELIN FRANK
New York: Grove Press, 1967






37. McClure, Michael. HAIL THEE WHO PLAY
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, August 1968
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 233 numbered and signed copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 75 numbered and signed copies, each with an original drawing by the author.

38. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES: Jan – March 1961
New York: Poets Press, 1968

39. McClure, Michael. THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW AND THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 1200 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 50 copies signed.
(Haselwood 17)

40. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Los Angeles: Love Press, 1968

41. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR APRIL GRHARRR APRIL
(Buffalo): (Gallery Upstairs Press), (1968)
First edition, broadside, 28.5″ x 21.25″.

42. McClure, Michael. GREETINGS
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 12″.

43. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & DARK BROWN
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
— A. First edition thus, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers.
— B. First edition thus, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket.
Two titles previously published by Auerhahn Press, published here dos-a-dos. Illustrated and with cover art by Wallace Berman.

44. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES AND THE RAPTORS
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press,  March 1969
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 43 pages, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in cloth with paper label, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 200 copies numbered and signed.
— C. First edition, hardcover in gold stamped leather, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 26 copies lettered and signed with each with an original drawing by the author.
Cover illustration by the author.

45. McClure, Michael. THE SURGE
Columbus, OH: Frontier Press, 1969

46. McClure, Michael. LION FIGHT
New York: Pierrepont Press, 1969
First edition, 28 cards housed in a hinged plastic box covered in a cream-colored silk drawstring bag with a white satin cord,.
— A. 330 copies numbered and signed
— B. 26 copies lettered and signed
— C. 4 hors commerce copies signed.

47. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969
First edition thus, second printing preceded by the privately published edition from 1964, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 106 pages. Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.

48. McClure, Michael. PLANE POMES
New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1969
First edition, hand-sewn wrappers with printed label.
A. 100 numbered and signed copies.
B. 26 lettered and signed copies.

49. McClure, Michael. THE SHELL
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
First edition, broadside in a tube.
— A. 250 copies numbered.
— B. 50 copies numbered and signed by the author.

50. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1969
First edition thus, second printing following the 1968 edition by Love Press, side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 350 copies.

51. McClure, Michael. TO JAMES B. RECTOR
San Francisco: Privately Published, 1969
First edition, broadside,
A. trade edition, total number published unknown.
B. 30 copies numbered and signed by the author.

52. McClure, Michael. LIBERATION
Oakland: Mills College Tape Music Center, 1969
First edition, broadside, issued in a large bag labeled “Free,” along with 8 broadsides by other contributors.

David Meltzer

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Wallace Berman, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, 1964. Mixed-media collage

 

 

David Meltzer was born in Rochester, New York, and raised in Brooklyn. He began his literary career during the San Francisco Beat and Berkeley Renaissance period in California, and his work was included in the anthology, The New American Poetry 1945-1960. At the age of 20 he recorded his poetry with jazz musicians in Los Angeles and also became a singer-songwriter and guitarist for several bands during the 1960s, including The Serpent Power. He is the author of over 40 volumes of poetry, and has also published fiction and essays, and has edited numerous anthologies and collections of interviews.

Meltzer taught in the humanities and poetics programs at the New College of California in San Francisco for 30 years. In 2008, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. He was also given the Bay Area Guardian’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2012 was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry.

Diane di Prima has said, “David Meltzer is a hidden adept, one of the secret treasures on our planet. Great poet, musician, comic; mystic unsurpassed, performer with few peers.”


A. Books and Broadsides

1. Meltzer, David. POEMS
First edition:
San Francisco: Donald & Alice Shenker, [1957]
Side-stapled sheets in printed wrappers with library tape binding, 25 copies, offprint of David Meltzer / Donald Shenker book comprising only the Meltzer section and with a variant cover omitting Shenker’s name and a revised colophon.

2. Meltzer, David. RAGAS
First edition:
San Francisco: Discovery Books, 1959
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 52 pages, (1500 copies). Cover design by Peter LeBlanc.

3. Meltzer, David. THE CLOWN
First edition:
Larkspur: Semina, 1960
Printed sheets laid into printed folder, 335 copies. Letterpress printed by Wallace Berman.

4. Meltzer, David. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO EACHOTHER
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 750 copies. Published as Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 2. Letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood. (Auerhahn 19)

5. Meltzer, David. BAZASCOPE MOTHER
First edition:
Los Angeles: Drekfesser Press, [1964]
Single sheet folded once to make four pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 250 copies. Cover collage by I.E. Alexander, rear photograph by Zack Walsh.

6. Meltzer, David. STATION
First edition:
San Francisco: San Francisco Arts Festival Commission, 1964
Broadside, 13″ x 20″, 300 copies. Illustrated by Peter Bailey. Printed by East Wind Printers.

7. Meltzer, David. THE BLACKEST ROSE
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17.5″, 350 copies, letterpress printed by Dave Haselwood at his Auerhahn Press and published as Oyez 6.

8. Meltzer, David. THE PROCESS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Saddle-stapled illustrated french-fold wrappers, 44 pages, 500 copies, the first Oyez book designed by Dave Haselwood and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover illustration by  Peter LeBlanc.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with illustrated dust jacket, 44 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, the first Oyez book designed by Dave Haselwood and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover illustration by  Peter LeBlanc.

9. Meltzer, David. THE DARK CONTINENT
a. First edition,  regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Perfect-bound in illustrated and printed wrappers, 94 pages, 1000 copies printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover design by Peter LeBlanc.

b. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards without dust jacket as issued, 94 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies printed by Graham Mackintosh

10. Meltzer, David. ROUND THE POEM BOX
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 8.5″ x 5.5″, 32 pages, 300 copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60a)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with printed paper label in acetate dust jacket as issued, 32 pages, 125 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60b)

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969
Hardcover in leather-bound boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 32 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer. (Morrow & Cooney 60c)

11. Meltzer, David. YESOD
a. First edition, regular copies:
London: Trigram Press, 1969
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 61 pages. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
London: Trigram Press, 1969
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards with foil-stamping in acetate dust jacket as issued, 61 pages, 100 numbered and signed copies. Illustrated by David Meltzer.

12. Meltzer, David. GREENSPEECH
a. First edition, regular copies:
Goleta: Christopher Books, 1970
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 16 pages.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Goleta: Christopher Books, 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards , 16 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies.

13. Meltzer, David. LUNA
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 82 pages, 1000 copies printed by Noel Young. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88a)

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued , 16 pages, 200 numbered and signed copies printed by Noel Young. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88b)

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, July 1970
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 16 pages, 26 lettered and signed copies printed by Noel Young. Frontispiece illustration by David Meltzer. Cover illustration by Wallace Berman. (Morrow & Cooney 88c)

14. Meltzer, David. HERO/LIL
a. First edition, regular copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow: Black Sparrow, 1973

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow: Black Sparrow, 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket as issued, 175 numbered and signed copies.

c. First edition, lettered and signed copies:
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow: Black Sparrow, 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards in acetate dust jacket and slipcase as issued, 26 lettered and signed copies. Original illustration by David Meltzer bound in.

15. Meltzer, David. BARK, A POLEMIC
a. First edition, regular copies:
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, February 1973
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies. Published as Yes! Capra Chapbook Number 6.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Santa Barbara: Capra Press, February 1973
Hardcover bound in printed paper-covered boards, 42 pages, 75 numbered and signed copies. Published as Yes! Capra Chapbook Number 6.

16. Meltzer, David. THE EYES, THE BLOOD
San Francisco: Mudra, 1973
Hand-sewn plain white wrappers in printed dust jacket, 20 pages, 500 copies printed at the Cranium Press.

17. Meltzer, David. BLUE RAGS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1974

18. Meltzer, David. HARPS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1975

19. Meltzer, David. SIX
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1976

20. Meltzer, David. TWO-WAY MIRROR
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977

21. Meltzer, David. ARROWS: SELECTED POETRY, 1957-1992
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1994

22. Meltzer, David. NO EYES: LESTER YOUNG
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow, 2000

23. Meltzer, David. DAVID’S COPY
New York: Penguin Group Press, 2005

24. Meltzer, David. WHEN I WAS A POET
San Francisco: City Lights, June 2011


B. Contributions to Periodicals

1. PENINSULA
Gainesville: University of Florida, 1956
“4 July”

2. SEMINA, No. 1
Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1956
“An Unpublished Letter to Some Lost Relatives”

3. DAZZLE
San Francisco: Playgirl Publishing, 1957
“Kick Me Deadly”

4. SEMINA, No. 2
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1957
“Upon a Time”

5. SEMINA, No. 4
San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1959
“Sampson Agonistes”

6. SPREE, Vol. 1, No. 7
Los Angeles: New Publishing Company, 1959
“Judgement Day”

7. PENNY POEMS, No. 27
New Haven: Penny Poems, 1959
“24th Raga/ For Tina”


References Consulted:

Bohn, Dave. OYEZ: THE AUTHORIZED CHECKLIST
Berkeley: n.p., 1997

Johnston, Alastair. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AUERHAHN PRESS & ITS SUCCESSOR DAVE HASELWOOD BOOKS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1976

Morrow, Bradford and Seamus Cooney. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE BLACK SPARROW PRESS, 1966-1978
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1981

Wallace Berman – Cover and Book Art

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This index collects book and periodical contributions, often in the form of cover art or photography


Lamantia, Philip and Antonin Artaud. NARCOTICA
lamantia_narcoticaSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Cover photographs by Wallace Berman.





McClure, Michael. THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE
New York: Grove Press/Evergreen Original, 1961
Author photograph on rear cover by  Wallace Berman.




McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco: City Lights, 1964
Cover photograph of author by Wallace Berman.





Heliczer, Piero. THE SOAP OPERA
ph_soapoperaLondon: Trigram Press, 1967
Two verifax images by Wallace Berman.





Hirschman, Jack. BLACK ALEPHS 
blackalephshcLondon: Trigram Press, 1969
Cover photo-collage and chapter verifax images by Wallace Berman.




THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 37, edited by Diane di Prima
floatingbear37New York: The Floating Bear, 1969
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





FRUIT CUP, No. ZERO, edited by Mary Beach
fruitcupfSan Francisco: Beach Books, 1969
Two verifax images by Wallace Berman.





McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST GERYON / DARK BROWN
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1969
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





CATERPILLAR, No. 14, edited by Clayton Eshelman
caterpillar14New York & Sherman Oaks: Caterpillar, 1970
Cover art “Topanga Seed” by Wallace Berman.





Meltzer, David. LUNA
lunaLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1970
Cover art by Wallace Berman.
[printed prospectus reproduces moon image]




CATERPILLAR 17, edited by Clayton Eshelman
caterpillar_17Berkeley & Sherman Oaks: Caterpillar, 1971
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





Perkoff, Stuart Z. ALPHABET
alphabetLos Angeles: The Red Hill Press, 1973
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





Meltzer, David. HERO/LIL
hero_lil_hcLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1973
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





Mallarmé, Stéphane. IGITUR [translation by Jack Hirschman]
igiturLos Angeles: Press of the Pegacycle Lady, 1974
Cover photograph by  Wallace Berman.
[printed prospectus reproduces image]




Rothernberg, Jerome. ABULAFIA’S CIRCLE  [published as Tree No. 6]
abulafiaMilwaukee: Membrane Press, 1979
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





McClure, Michael. REBEL LIONS 
New York: New Directions, 1991
Cover art by Wallace Berman.





Charles Bukowski: Broadsides

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SECTION B:
This index includes broadsides featuring poems and stories from  the 1940’s to the late 1960’s: from Bukowski’s first appearance to roughly the time that his work started being published in collected volumes by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press; the period of time covered by Sanford Dorbin’s Bibliography.


1. 20 TANKS FROM KASSELDOWN
Washington D.C.: Black Sun Press, Spring 1946
First edition, broadside, 12″ x 16″,  (1000 copies). Published as part of PORTFOLIO AN IN­TERNATIONAL REVIEW, No. 3, edited by Caresse Crosby. (Dorbin D2, Krumhansl 1)


2. HIS WIFE, THE PAINTER
buk_hiswifeEureka: Hearse Press, 1960
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 11″, (201 copies), letterpress printed. Published as Hearse Broadside No. 1. (Dorbin B1, C248, Krumhansl 2, 14a)

From Krumhansl, “201 copies were published 16 June 1960, 50 of which were distributed to various poets and friends of E.V. Griffith, publisher of Hearse Press. 150 copies were included in Coffin 1 and the remaining copy was used for the offset pasteup of Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail.”

3. THE PRIEST AND THE MATADOR
buk_priestN.P.: N.P., 1962
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. (Dorbin B4, Krumhansl 10)
[not in archive]



4. SAME OLD THING, SHAKESPEARE THROUGH MAILER
buk_sameold
Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1963
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed, offprint of pages 2 and 3 from Wormwood Review 11.
(not in Dorbin, Krumhansl 11)

5. THE PAPER ON THE FLOOR
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
First edition, folded broadside, 7″ x 11″ sheet folded once to make four pages, (151 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of COFFIN, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith (Dorbin C250, Krumhansl 14b)

6. THE OLD MAN ON THE CORNER
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 4″ x 11″, (150 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of COFFIN, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith (Dorbin C249, Krumhansl 14c)



7. WASTE BASKET 
Eureka: Hearse Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 5″ x 6″, (150 copies), letterpress printed. Published as part of COFFIN, No. 1, edited by E.V. Griffith (Dorbin C251, Krumhansl 14d)


8. TRUE STORY
buk_truestory_xLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B6, Krumhansl 18)
[not in archive]



9. ON GOING OUT TO GET THE MAIL
buk_ongoing_x
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B7, Krumhansl 19)
[not in archive]



10. TO KISS THE WORMS GOODNIGHT
buk_tokiss_xLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B8, Krumhansl 20)
[not in archive]



11. THE GIRLS / FOR THE MERCY MONGERS
buk_thegirls_xLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B9, Krumhansl 22)
[not in archive]



12. THE FLOWER LOVER / I MET A GENIUS
buk_flowerloverLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1966
First edition, broadside, 10″ x 14.5″, 30 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B6, Krumhansl 24)
[not in archive]



13. THE NATURE OF THE THREAT AND WHAT TO DO
San Francisco: Nevada/Tattoo Press, 1969
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 11″, offset printed. Published as part of  PEACE AMONGST THE ANTS (Krumhansl 33)


Charles Bukowski: Books and Chapbooks

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SECTION A:
This index includes books, chapbooks, booklets and bound offprints featuring poems and stories during the 1960’s: from Bukowski’s first book to roughly the time that his work started being published in collected volumes by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press; the period of time covered by Sanford Dorbin’s Bibliography.


1. FLOWER, FIST AND BESTIAL WAIL
buk_flowerEureka: Hearse Press, 1960
First edition of the author’s first book, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 28 pages, (200 copies), offset printed, cover illustration by Ben Tibbs, edited by E.V. Griffith. Published as Hearse Chapbooks 5. (Dorbin A1, Krumhansl 3)

2. A SIGNATURE OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
mags_targets04Albuquerque: Targets, 1960
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.5″, (6 copies), offset printed. An offprint from issue 4 of Targets magazine. (Dorbin B2, Krumhansl 4)


3. BUKOWSKI SIGNATURE 2
buk_sig2_xAlbuquerque: Targets, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled leaves, 7″ x 8.5″, (6 copies), offset printed. An offprint from issue 7 of Targets magazine. (Dorbin B3, Krumhansl 5)



4. A CHARLES BUKOWSKI ALBUM
New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1961
First edition, side-stapled wrappers, 6″ x 9″, (10 copies), offset printed, offprint from The Outsider 1. (Krumhansl 6)

5. LONGSHOT POMES FOR BROKE PLAYERS
buk_longshotNew York: 7 Poets Press, (1962)
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 9.25″, 44 pages, (200 copies), offset printed, illustrations by Bukowski, edited by Carl Larsen. (Dorbin A3, Krumhansl 8)


6. RUN WITH THE HUNTED
buk_runChicago: Midwest Poetry Chapbooks, 1962
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 6.25″, 32 pages, (300 copies), offset printed, dedicated to William Corrington, edited by R.R. Cuscaden. Published as Midwest Poetry Chapbooks 1. (Dorbin A4, Krumhansl 9)

7. POEMS AND DRAWINGS
buk_poemsCrescent City: Epos, 1962
First edition, stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 28 pages, (500 copies), letterpress printed, illustrations by Bukowski, edited by Will Tullos and Evelyn Thorne. Published as Epos Extra Issue. (Dorbin A2, Krumhansl 7)

8. IT CATCHES MY HEART IN ITS HANDS
New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1963
First edition, perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers with dust jacket, 7.5″ x 10″, 98 pages, 777 copies, letterpress printed, introduction by William Corrington, illustrations by Frank Salantrie, dedicated to Gypsy Lou Webb, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb. Published as Gypsy Lou Series 1. (Dorbin A5, Krumhansl 12)

9. GRIP THE WALLS
mags_wormwood16Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1964
First edition, saddle stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, 600 copies, offset printed. Published as a detachable booklet in Wormwood Review 16. (Dorbin B5, Krumhansl 13)


10. CRUCIFIX IN A DEATHHAND
New York: Lyle Stuart, 1965
First edition, perfect-bound in illustrated french-fold wrappers, 8.25″ x 12.25″, 102 pages, 3100 copies, letterpress printed, Dedicated to Marina Louise Bukowski, illustrations by Noel Rockmore, edited by Gypsy Lou and Jon Webb. Published as Gypsy Lou Series 2. (Dorbin A6, Krumhansl 15)

11. COLD DOGS IN THE COURTYARD
buk_colddogsChicago: Literary Times and Cyfoeth Publications, 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 24 pages, 500 copies, letterpress printed, “Foreward” by Bukowski, cover illustration by Betsy Millam, dedicated to Frances Bukowski, edited by Bukowski. (Dorbin A7, Krumhansl 16)

12. CONFESSIONS OF A MAN INSANE ENOUGH TO LIVE WITH BEASTS
buk_confessionsBensenville: Mimeo Press, 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pages, 500 copies, text mimeograph printed, wrappers offset printed, introductory note by Steve Richmond, cover illustration by Anna Purcell, edited by Douglas Blazek. (Dorbin A8, Krumhansl 17)

13. THE GENIUS OF THE CROWD
buk_geniusCleveland: 7 Flowers Press, 1966
First edition, stapled sheets bound into illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 6″, 22 pages, 103 copies, letterpress printed, block prints by Paula Marie Savarino, edited by d.a. levy. (Dorbin A9, Krumhansl 21)

14. ALL THE ASSHOLES IN THE WORLD AND MINE
buk_alltheBensenville: Open Skull Press, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 28 pages, 400 copies, text mimeograph printed, wrappers offset printed, illustrated by author, dedicated to William Wantling, edited by Douglas Blazek. (Dorbin A10, Krumhansl 23)

15. NIGHT’S WORK (INCLUDING BUFFALO BILL)
mags_wormwood24Storrs: Wormwood Review, 1966
First edition, saddle stapled illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 600 copies, offset printed. Published as a detachable booklet in Wormwood Review 24. (Dorbin B11)


16. 2 POEMS
buk_2poemsLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1967
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 8 pages, 111 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B12, Krumhansl 25)

111 copies were published 7 April 1967, of which 99 were signed, the remaining 12 copies are unsigned, numbered 1-12, and marked “Review Copy” in holograph red ink.

From the colophon: “Printed April, 1967 in Los Angeles by Philip Klein for the Black Sparrow Press. This edition is limited to ninety-nine copies; three copies lettered a, b and c, which are not for sale, and ninety-six numbered copies, for sale, all signed by the poet.”

17. THE CURTAINS ARE WAVING
buk_curtainsLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1967
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 6.25″, 12 pages, 125 copies, letterpress printed. (Dorbin B14, Krumhansl 26)

From the colophon: “Designed and printed September, 1967 in San Francisco by Graham Mackintosh for the Black Sparrow Press. The edition is limited to one hundred and twenty five copies; three copies lettered a, b, c which are not for sale and one hundred and twenty two numbered copies, for sale, all signed by the poet.”

18. AT TERROR STREET AND AGONY WAY
buk_atterrorLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1968

a,b. First edition, perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 89 pages, 747 copies
Note: Front cover of this edition was misprinted “Sreet” for “Street”. According to John Martin 18 copies exist thus, without the white label which was affixed to the second state (pictured).

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed with original artwork tipped in, 6″ x 9″, 89 pages, 90 copies

letterpress printed, introductory note by Bukowski, dedicated to John Thomas, John Martin, and John the Baptist, edited by John Martin, printed prospectus issued. (Dorbin A11, Krumhansl 27)

From the colophon: “Designed and printed April, 1968 in San Francisco by Graham Mackintosh for the Black Sparrow Press. The edition is limited to 800 copies in wrappers and 75 hardbound, signed copies each with an original illustration by the poet.”

19. POEMS WRITTEN BEFORE JUMPING OUT OF AN 8 STORY WINDOW
buk_poemswrittenGlendale: Poetry X/Change, 1968
First edition, stapled sheets bound into illustrated wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.25″, 32 pages, (400 copies), offset printed, introductory note by Bukowski, cover illustration by P. David Horton, center-fold illustration by Bukowski, dedicated to Douglas Blazek. (Dorbin A12, Krumhansl 28)

20. NOTES OF A DIRTY OLD MAN
North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969
First edition, prefect bound illustrated wrappers, 4.5″ x 6.5″, 256 pages, (28,000 copes), offset printed, introductory note by Bukowski, cover illustration by Larry Gaynor. (Dorbin A13, Krumhansl 29)

Note: City Lights reprinted this  title, circa 5000 copies were published October 1973, note on verso of title page: “First City Lights Edition published: October, 1973”

21. A BUKOWSKI SAMPLER
buk_samplerMadison: Quixote Press, 1969
First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 7″ x 9.25″, 80 pages, 400 copies, offset printed, introduction by Douglas Blazek, illustrations by Bukowski, printed prospectus issued. (Dorbin A14, Krumhansl 30)

22. IF WE TAKE
buk_ifweLos Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969

a. First edition, hand-sewn with green thread, printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 5.5″, 16 pages, 350 copies

b. First edition, hand-sewn with red thread, printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 5.5″, 16 pages, 101 copies signed, 100 numbered, and one marked “File Copy”

Letterpress printed. (Krumhansl 31)

From the colophon: “Design by Barbara Martin. Printed by Noel Young. Published as a New Year’s Greeting to the friends of the Black Sparrow Press in an edition of 400 copies, 100 of which are numbered and signed by the author.”

Note: 350 unsigned copies issued, not 300 as stated in the colophon.

23. THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969

a. First edition, perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 160 pages, 1243 copies

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 160 pages, 250 copies

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed with original artwork tipped in, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 160 pages, 63 copies

letterpress printed, printed prospectus issued (Krumhansl 32)

From the colophon: “Printed December 1969 in Santa Barbara by Noel Young for the Black Sparrow Press. Design by Barbara Martin. This edition is limited to 1250 copies in paper wrappers; 250 hardcover copies numbered & signed by the poet; & 50 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, signed & with an original illustration by the poet.”

Charles Bukowski

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Section A: Books and Chapbooks
Section B: Broadsides
Section C: Contributions to Books and Anthologies
Section D: Contributions to Periodicals
Section E: Miscellaneous Prose


Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in the LA underground newspaper Open City. Bukowski published extensively in small literary magazines and with small presses beginning in the early 1940s and continuing on through the early 1990s.

Regarding Bukowski’s enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, “the secret of Bukowski’s appeal. . . [is that] he combines the confessional poet’s promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero.”

When Bukowski was 24, his short story “Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip” was published in Story magazine. Two years later, another short story, “20 Tanks from Kasseldown”, was published by the Black Sun Press in Issue III of Portfolio: An Intercontinental Quarterly, a limited-run, loose-leaf broadside collection printed in 1946 and edited by Caresse Crosby. Failing to break into the literary world, Bukowski grew disillusioned with the publication process and quit writing for almost a decade, a time that he referred to as a “ten-year drunk”. These “lost years” formed the basis for his later semi-autobiographical chronicles, although they are fictionalized versions of Bukowski’s life through his highly stylized alter-ego, Henry Chinaski.

During part of this period he continued living in Los Angeles, working at a pickle factory for a short time but also spending some time roaming about the United States, working sporadically and staying in cheap rooming houses. In the early 1950s, Bukowski took a job as a fill-in letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Los Angeles but resigned just before he reached three years’ service.

By 1960, Bukowski had returned to the post office in Los Angeles where he began work as a letter filing clerk, a position he held for more than a decade.

Jon and Louise Webb, now recognized as giants of the post-war ‘small-press movement’, published The Outsider literary magazine and featured some of Bukowski’s poetry. Under the Loujon Press imprint, they published Bukowski’s It Catches My Heart in Its Hands in 1963 and Crucifix in a Deathhand in 1965.

Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” for Los Angeles’ Open City, an underground newspaper. When Open City was shut down in 1969, the column was picked up by the Los Angeles Free Press as well as the hippie underground paper NOLA Express in New Orleans. In 1969 Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski launched their own short-lived mimeographed literary magazine, Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. They produced 3 issues over the next 2 years.

In 1969 Bukowski accepted an offer from Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin and quit his post office job to dedicate himself to full-time writing. He was then 49 years old. As he explained in a letter at the time, “I have one of two choices – stay in the post office and go crazy … or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve.” Less than one month after leaving the postal service he finished his first novel, Post Office. As a measure of respect for Martin’s financial support and faith in a relatively unknown writer, Bukowski published almost all of his subsequent major works with Black Sparrow Press. An avid supporter of small independent presses, he continued to submit poems and short stories to innumerable small publications throughout his career.

Bukowski died of leukemia on March 9, 1994, in San Pedro, aged 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.


References consulted:

Debritto, Abel. “Cacoethes Scribendi: A Comprehensive Checklist of Charles Bukowski’s Earliest Publications, 1940-1969”, published in RESOURCES FOR AMERICAN LITERARY STUDY, Vol. 35, edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Richard Kopley
New York: AMS Press, September 2012

Dorbin, Sanford. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969

Fogel, Al. CHARLES BUKOWSKI: A COMPREHENSIVE PRICE GUIDE & CHECKLIST — 1944-1999
Surfside: The Sole Proprietor Press, 1999

Krumhansl, Aaron. A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRIMARY PUBLICATIONS OF CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Santa Rosa: Black Sparrow Press, 1999


Online resources:
Collecting Bukowski
Bukowski.net
Wormwood Review