HOWL and Other Poems
[First Edition/1 of 1000 copies]
Allen Ginsberg (Introduction by William Carlos Williams)
First Edition/First State
City Lights Books "Pocket Poets Series, Number Four" [San Francisco]
12mo (44 pages)
Softcover [Printed black wraps]
This is a very good copy of the true First State of the First Edition (with the name "Lucien Carr" – later removed – on the dedication page). There is some faint staining to the white front cover panel and to the title page, which is SIGNED and dated in ink: "Allen Ginsberg, ‘74" beneath a drawing by Ginsberg of the sun and a large flower that utilizes the "O" in "Howl" as its corolla.Perhaps the most important volume of American poetry of the twentieth century, signed and uniquely decorated by the author.