Tag Archives: Bruce Conner

Bruce Conner – Solo and Select Group Exhibitions

This index collects solo and select group exhibitions; gallery, dates, location, catalog, and ephemera information provided, when available…


1956

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
Rienzi Gallery, New York City


1958

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
September 3 – October 1, 1958
Designers’ Gallery, San Francisco

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
June 11 – July 5, 1958
East and West Gallery, San Francisco


1959

Works by the Late Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
September 12 – October 4.
Spatsa Gallery, San Francisco


1960

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
January 18 – February 6
Alan Gallery, New York City

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
November 3 – December 1, 1960
Batman Gallery, San Francisco


1961

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
October 2 – 21, 1961
Alan Gallery, New York City


1962

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
February 16, 1962 [opening]
Jacobo Glantz Gallery, Mexico City

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
June 4 – 30, 1962
Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
August – September, 1962
Antonio Souza Gallery, Mexico City


1963

Drawings by Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
February 10 – March 3, 1963
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita

Works by Bruce Conner from Bay Area Collections
[solo exhibition]
March 21 – 31, 1963
Batman Gallery, San Francisco

Bruce Conner: Assemblages
[solo exhibition]
October 15 – November 2, 1963
Swetzoff Gallery, Boston

Bruce Conner: San Francisco Art Institute Nealie Sullivan Award Exhibition
[solo exhibition]
November 4 – 22, 1963
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco


1964

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
April 20 – May 9, 1964
Alan Gallery, New York City

Touch/Do Not Touch
[solo exhibition]
August 11 – 13, 1964
Batman Gallery, San Francisco

Bruce Conner Assemblages
[solo exhibition]
December 1, 1964 – January 9, 1965
Robert Fraser Gallery, London


1965

Bruce Conner: A One-Man Show
[solo exhibition]
February 2 – 10, 1965
Fine Arts Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Bruce Conner Assemblages
[solo exhibition]
May 1965
Galerie J, Paris

Bruce Conner: Assemblages 1954–1964 and New Drawings
[solo exhibition]
May 10 – 28, 1965
Alan Gallery, New York, NY.

Bruce Conner: Sculpture, Assemblages, Drawings, Films
[solo exhibition]
September 20 – October 24, 1965
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham

Bruce Conner: New Prints, Drawings
[solo exhibition]
Swetzoff Gallery, Boston


1967

One-Man Show: Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
April 25 – May 27, 1967
Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA. .

Bruce Conner: Sculpture, Assemblages, Collages, Drawings, Film
[solo exhibition]
November 29 – December 31, 1967
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


1968

Eight Films by Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco


1971

The Dennis Hopper One Man Show (vol. 1)
[solo exhibition]
August 11 – September 4, 1971
Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco

Bruce Conner: Recent Work
[solo exhibition]
June 2 – 30, 1971
Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles


1972

Vol. 2: The Dennis Hopper One Man Show
[solo exhibition]
March 11 – April 18, 1972
Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco

Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
September 1 – 30, 1972
Contract Graphics, Houston

Bruce Conner: Lithographs
[solo exhibition]
October 7 – November 2, 1972
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York City

Bruce Conner Films
[solo exhibition]
October 21, 1972
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

1972 B.C.
[solo exhibition]
October 24 – November 14, 1972
Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles


1973

The Films of Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
November 18, 1973
Pacific Film Archive, University Art Museum,
University of California, Berkeley

The Complete Dennis Hopper One Man Show by Bruce Conner
[solo exhibition]
September 4 – October 2, 1973
Texas Gallery, Houston

Film Show and Lecture
[solo exhibition]
April 9, 1973
Carnegie Institute, Carnegie

The Complete Dennis Hopper One Man Show
[solo exhibition]
February 7 – 28
James Willis Gallery, San Francisco

1974

Bruce Conner: Drawings, 1955–1972, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA.
October 5, 1974 – January 5, 1975.
Bruce Conner Prints, Galerie Smith-Andersen, Palo Alto, CA. June 20 – July 16.
Film Show and Lecture: THE COMPLETE WORKS 1958–73 . . . Bruce Conner,
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. April 19.
Bruce Conner: The Dennis Hopper One Man Show, Tyler Art Museum, Tyler, TX.
March 17 – April 18.
Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA. February 26 – March 23.

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.

Dave Haselwood Books

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Section D:
This index collects books and other items printed by Dave Haselwood from 1965 to 1970.


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

2. Hoyem, Andrew. THE MUSIC ROOM
First edition:
San Francisco: Haselwood, 1965
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  16 pages, circa 100 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner. (Haselwood 2)

3. Wieners, John. CHINOISERIE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  20 pages, circa 100 copies. (Haselwood 3)

4. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
Second edition revised:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 28 pages. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. These are the “original versions” of the poems. (Haselwood 4)

5. McClure, Michael. DREAM TABLE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
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)

6. Williams, Jonathan. PAEAN TO DVORAK, DEEMER & McCLURE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 100 copies. (Haselwood 6)

7. Johnson, Ronald. ASSORTED JUNGLES: ROUSSEAU
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 100 copies. (Haselwood 7)

8. Hoyem, Andrew. CHIMERAS
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.5″,  28 pages. (Haselwood 8)



9. Plymell, Charles. APOCALYPSE ROSE
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″,  52 pages. Introduction by Allen Ginsberg. (Haselwood 9)


10. McClure, Michael. LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY
First edition:
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1966)
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)

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

Note: Printed announcement issued.

12. Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. AFTER THE CRIES OF THE BIRDS
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood: 1967
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 16 pages. (Haselwood 12)



13. Whalen, Philip. T/O
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1967
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  32 pages, circa 80 copies. (Haselwood 13)

14. Burroughs, William S. and Brion Gysin. THE EXTERMINATOR
First edition, second printing:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1967
Perfect-bound in illustrated and printed wrappers, 6″ x 9″, 51 pages, 1000 copies. (Haselwood 14)



15. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
First edition, second printing:
Perfect-bound in illustrated and printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″. (Haselwood 15)

16. Brown, Geoffrey. TENDING BAR AT THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM ON ARTISTS’ LIBERATION FRONT BENEFIT NIGHT
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood Books, 1967
Folded broadside, 8.6″ x 10.75″.




17. Welch, Lew. COURSES
First edition:
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1968
Hand-sewn in printed suede wrappers, 6.5″ x 4.25″, 28 pages, 50 copies. (Haselwood 16)

18. McClure, Michael. THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW & THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 1200 copies. (Haselwood 17)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 50 copies signed. (Haselwood 17)

19. Ginsberg, Allen. INDIAN JOURNALS
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: City Lights Books with Dave Haselwood Books, 1970
Perfect bound in illustrated and printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 212 pages. (Haselwood 18)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: City Lights Books with Dave Haselwood Books, 1970
Hardcover in cloth-covered boards in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 5.5″ x 8.25″, 212 pages. (Haselwood 18)

Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets

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Section A:
This index collects Auerhahn Press publications from 1958 through 1965: from Dave Haselwood’s first publishing venture through the dissolution of his partnership with Andrew Hoyem and the end of Auerhahn Press.


1. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley1
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1958
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 7.75″, 20 pages, circa 500 copies. Printed (and edited without prior notice to Dave Haselwood) by East West Printers. Cover photo by Jerry Burchard. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 1)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

2. Wieners, John. THE HOTEL WENTLEY POEMS
wieners_wentley2
Second revised edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 7.75″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Cover photo by Jerry Burchard. Illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 2)

Note: this edition has the original text restored.

3. Lamantia, Philip. EKSTASIS
lamantia_ekstasisFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.75″ x 7″48 pages, circa 950 copies. Titling by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 3)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

4. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON…
mcclure_hymnsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, 950 copies. Cover illustration by McClure. (Auerhahn 4)


5. Lamantia, Philip and Antonin Artaud. NARCOTICA
lamantia_narcotica
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 16 pages, 750 copies. Cover photographs by Wallace Berman. Published as “Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 1”. (Auerhahn 5)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

6. Whalen, Philip. MEMOIRS OF AN INTERGLACIAL AGE
whalen_memoirsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages, (1250 copies). Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 6)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, 8.75″ x 11.25″, 64 pages,  60 copies with 25 signed and another 15 signed with holograph poem and illustration, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Cover illustration by Robert La Vigne. (Auerhahn 6)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

7. Welch, Lew. WOBBLY ROCK
lew_wobblyFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8″, 12 pages, 500 copies, illustrated by Robert LaVigne. (Auerhahn 7)

Note: Dedication: “for Gary Snyder / ‘I think I’ll be the Buddha of this place’ / and sat himself / down”

8. Burroughs, William S. and Brion Gysin. THE EXTERMINATOR
burroughs_exterminator
First edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 64 pages, (1000 copies). Illustrated by Brion Gysin. (Auerhahn 8)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

9. Marshall, Edward. HELLAN, HELLAN
marshall_hellanFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1960
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 8.75″, 24 pages, (750 copies). Illustrated by Robert Ronnie Branaman. (Auerhahn 10)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

10. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrowna. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies. (Auerhahn 13)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 13)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

11. Olson, Charles. MAXIMUS FROM DOGTOWN
olson_maximusFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 9″ x 11.25″, 12 pages, 500 copies. Foreword by Michael McClure. (Auerhahn 14)


12. Reps, Paul. GOLD FISH SIGNATURES
a. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (1000 copies). (Auerhahn 15)

b. First edition, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
Japanese binding, 8.5″ x 11″, 84 pages, (50 copies in slipcase), signed. (Auerhahn 15)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

13. THE AUERHAHN PRESS CATALOGUE
auerhahn_catalogueFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 4″x 5″, 16 pages includes poems by Wieners and Meltzer.
(Auerhahn 17)


14. Lamantia, Philip. DESTROYED WORKS
lamantia_destroyeda. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 1250 copies. (Auerhahn 18)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hardcover in cloth-bound boards, 7″ x 8.75″, 48 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 18)

15. Meltzer, David. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY…
meltzer_weFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, 750 copies. Published as “Auerhahn Pamphlet No. 2”. (Auerhahn 19)


16. Williams, Jonathan. IN ENGLAND’S GREEN &
williams_englandsFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Hand-sewn in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Philip Van Aver.
(Auerhahn 20)


17. Spicer, Jack. THE HEADS OF THE TOWN UP TO THE AETHER
spicer_headsa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1962
Perfect-bound in illustrated wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.75″, 109 pages, 750 copies. Illustrated by Fran Herndon. (Auerhahn 21)

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

Note: Printed announcement issued.

18. Hoyem, Andrew. THE WAKE
hoyem_wakeba. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 30 pages, 750 copies. (Auerhahn 22)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Hardcover in paper-covered boards and leather spine, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 35 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 22)

Note: Three printed announcements issued.

19. di Prima, Diane. THE NEW HANDBOOK OF HEAVEN
diprima_newa. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 7.5″, 48 pages, 1000 copies. (Auerhahn 23)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with cloth spine, 6″ x 9″, 30 pages, 30 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. (Auerhahn 23)

20. Brother Antoninus. THE POET IS DEAD
antoninus_poetFirst edition:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Hardcover in paper-covered boards with leather spine with paper label in plain paper dust jacket, 8.25″ x 10.5″, 28 pages, 205 copies signed. Bound by Jane Grabhorn and Sally Hoyem. (Auerhahn 24)

Note: Printed announcement issued.

21. Deemer, Bill. POEMS
deemer_poemsba. First edition, regular copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 500 copies. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem. (Auerhahn 37)

b. First edition, hardcover, signed copies:
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1964
Hardcover in printed paper-covered boards with leather spine, 6.5″ x 9.25″, 20 pages, 25 copies signed, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Andrew Hoyem. (Auerhahn 37)

Printed announcement issued.

22. Davis, William. JANUS
davis_janusFirst edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, Spring 1965
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9.75″, 64 pages,  750 copies. (Auerhahn 38)



23. Van Buskirk, Alden. LAMI
First edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
Perfect-bound in printed wrappers, 7.75″ x 9.75″, 91 pages, 1000 copies. (Auerhahn 39)



24. Olson, Charles. HUMAN UNIVERSE AND OTHER ESSAYS
olson_humanFirst edition:
San Francisco: The Auerhahn Society, 1965
Hardcover in silk-screened cloth-covered boards with leather spine, 7.75″ x 11″, 160 pages, 250 copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Cover art by Robert La Vigne. Author photo by Kenneth Irby. Edited by Donald Allen. (Auerhahn 40)

Auerhahn Press

While stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1950s, David Haselwood conceived the idea of becoming a publisher. At the time he was corresponding with his friend Michael McClure (also a native of Wichita, Kansas) who was living in San Francisco. McClure’s first book of poems, Passage (1956), was being published by Jonathan Williams’ Jargon Press. “Jonathan was having books printed in Germany because of the high quality and low cost,” Haselwood says, “and I began looking into things.”

When Haselwood was released from the Army, he came to live in San Francisco. According to Haselwood, “During the summer of 1958 I drifted around San Francisco talking endlessly with painters such as Robert LaVigne and Jesse Sharpe and poets [Philip] Lamantia, [Michael] McClure, [John] Wieners, and reading all the live poetry and prose I could get my hands on. It was at this time that it occurred to me that the press could mean a great many things … ” From this intense exposure to the active literary scene in the Bay Area grew the desire to see these writers published without the great delays imposed by larger printing establishments.


Auerhahn Press Checklist:

Section A: Auerhahn Press: Books & Pamphlets 1958-1965
Section B: Auerhahn Press: Broadsides 1959-1965
Section C: Auerhahn Press: Commissioned Publications 1961-1965
Section D: Dave Haselwood Books 1965-1969


A short while later in 1958 appeared the first publication of the Auerhahn Press, John Wieners’s The Hotel Wentley Poems. After this initial experience, in which the actual printing was done by a commercial printer (and edited by the printer without Haselwood’s knowledge), Haselwood was convinced that he should not only design all future books himself, but also print them: “The first and final consideration in printing poetry is the poetry itself. If the poems are great they create their own space, the publisher is just a midwife during the final operation…” With this ideal in mind, Haselwood tackled the publication of Philip Lamantia’s Ekstasis, and went on to the printing of Michael McClure’s Hymns to St. Geryon.

Though its limited financial resources were drained by this last publication, the press continued its publication of controversial and avant-garde works, such as Lamantia’s pamphlet Narcotica.

Haselwood took on a partner, Andrew Hoyem, in 1961. By then, a number of Kansans had arrived in San Francisco — including Robert Branaman, who shared living quarters with Haselwood for a time, and Glenn Todd, who later worked as a pressman and editor at Arion Press, which Hoyem founded after an amicable dissolution of his Auerhahn interests in 1964. Todd remembers the partners at work at 1334 Franklin Street: “The Auerhahn was a small press in a small room. Andrew would be setting type, and Dave running the press, passing single sheets of paper through. They’d be in their blue printer’s aprons.” Branaman adds, “Dave looked like someone out of Dickens to me. His shop was a center for artists. It was a well-known center of the culture.”

Another of San Francisco’s cultural hot-spots was the Batman Gallery, first owned by William Jahrmarkt, a.k.a. Billy Batman, whose art interests leaned to the visionary, the experimental and the mystical. According to Jack Foley in O Her Blackness Sparkles! The Life and Times of the Batman Art Gallery, 1960-65 (1995), the opening of the gallery was a “spectacular affair” and featured 99 pieces of Bruce Conner’s work. Auerhahn produced the announcement. In 1962, the gallery was sold to Michael Agron, a psychiatrist and University of California Medical Center associate professor who researched LSD as a therapeutic tool. Collaborating with Haselwood, Agron conceived of each exhibition’s announcement as a work of art. The first Agron show, Master-Bat, showcased the works of, among others, Conner and Branaman.

As the Beat scene faded with the ascent of Hippie culture, Haselwood continued to collaborate with artists on Dave Haselwood Books projects. He worked for a time at Arion Press and designed books for other presses, but his interest in publishing had waned by the close of the ’60s. It was time, he says, to choose another path.


References consulted:

Clay, Steven and Rodney Phillips. A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Adventures in Writing, 1960-1980
New York: New York Public Library / Granary Books, 1998

Clements, Marshall. A CATALOG OF WORKS BY MICHAEL MCCLURE, 1956-1965
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1965

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

Lepper, Gary M. A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION TO SEVENTY-FIVE MODERN AMERICAN AUTHORS
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976

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Michael McClure

Since his literary debut at the Six Gallery reading, Michael McClure has been one of the most enduring and influential writers of the Beat movement. As one of five poets who began his career on that mcclure_sixgallerynight in 1955, he shares a long and rich history with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, and many other writers of San Francisco’s Beat period. As one of the youngest members of the Beat circle, McClure played an important role as a bridge between writers and artists of the Beat movement and the region’s youth counterculture of the 1960s and has been a close friend and collaborator with figures such as Jim Morrison, Richard Brautigan, Bob Dylan, and Janis Joplin.

McClure was born October 20, 1932, in Marysville, Kansas. He began his university education in 1951 at the University of Wichita and later transferred to the University of Arizona before moving to San Francisco where he enrolled in a writing workshop with poet Robert Duncan at San Francisco State University. Through his friendship with Duncan and later with poet Kenneth Rexroth, he began to find his place in the city’s literary community in the early 1950s.

In fall 1955 McClure took part in the now famous Six Gallery reading — the foundation of what would soon be called the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. Here, in his first public reading, McClure, along with Lamantia, Snyder, Whalen, and Ginsberg helped to launch the Beat movement, and his presence at the event helped to instill in the fledgling movement his lifelong fascination with the natural world.

In the months following the Six Gallery reading, McClure began in earnest to publish his work. In 1956 his first small collection of poems PASSAGE, was published by Jonathan Williams (Jargon). Other collections soon followed, including McClures first major collection, HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS (Auerhahn Press, 1958), THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE (Grove Press, 1961), his powerfully erotic long poem DARK BROWN (Auerhahn Press, 1961), the wildly experimental “beast language” poems contained in GHOST TANTRAS (1964), and his vitriolic condemnation of the Vietnam War, POISONED WHEAT (Oyez, 1965). During these early years, McClure also took an active role in seeing that the words and ideas of other writers of the Beat movement and the Black Mountain School made it into print; he coedited two influential literary journals of the period: ARK II / MOBY I and JOURNAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL BEINGS.

— Encyclopedia of Beat Literature


A. Books and Broadsides
B. Contributions to Periodicals


References consulted:

Clements, Marshall. A CATALOG OF WORKS BY MICHAEL MCCLURE, 1956-1965
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1965

Cook, Ralph T. CITY LIGHTS BOOKS: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1992

Cooney, Seamus. THE BLACK SPARROW PRESS, A CHECKLIST
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1971

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

Lepper, Gary M. A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION TO SEVENTY-FIVE MODERN AMERICAN AUTHORS
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976


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