HOWL and Other Poems

[First Edition/1 of 1000 copies]

1956

First Edition/First State

By: Allen Ginsberg (Introduction by William Carlos Williams)

City Lights Books “Pocket Poets Series, Number Four” [San Francisco]

12mo (44 pages)

Softcover [Printed black wraps]

Item Number: 13640

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Description

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.