[INSCRIBED] The Friendly Way. Joe Brainard.

[INSCRIBED] The Friendly Way

Toronto: Proper Tales Press, 1991. First Edition Thus.

Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 215 x 139 mm), [16] pages, in publisher's original side-stapled wrappers designed by Brainard.

INSCRIBED by Joe Brainard on the title page: "For Ann and Ken with / LOVE, / Joe." This warm inscription was for Ann and Ken Mikolowski, founders of the Alternative Press. Brainard (1942-1994) was a regular contributor to the Mikolowskis' publications, which consisted of letterpress-printed mail art. A nice association.

The Friendly Way originally appeared in 1972, typewritten and mimeographed by Siamese Banana Press of New York. In 1991, Proper Tales Press of Toronto issued what it termed this "resurrected" edition of 200 copies, featuring Brainard's quirky short takes on life. Example: "I figure the world will give me just about what I deserve." Cover art by Brainard (of course).

Au uncommon publication, one that's especially elusive when inscribed by Brainard. SCARCE.

CONDITION: Slight sunning near the spine and a bit of handling wear, else clean and bright. A Near Fine copy. Item #1253
ISBN: 0920467164

Price: $500.00

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