New York: Grove Press, Inc., . First Edition Thus.
Small Octavo (7 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches / 200 x 135 mm), 72 pages, in side-stapled wrappers.
INSCRIBED by Ted Berrigan on the front end paper: "For / Ken / & Anne / With / Love-- / Ted Berrigan." A warm inscription to publishers Ann and Ken Mikolowski; Berrigan was a regular contributor to the couple's Alternative Press publications. Over three decades, the Mikolowskis published a variety of poets, writers, and artists; these works were often stuffed into manila envelopes and sent to subscribers.
Our copy is the first printing of the first trade edition of Berrigan's most famous work. It follows the rare 1964 mimeographed version published by Lorenz and Ellen Gude. Grove published this edition in 1967 although the only date present is the 1964 copyright. (See Aaron Fischer, "Ted Berrigan, An Annotated Checklist," page 29.)
CONDITION: Some rubbing and edge wear to the wrappers, very light creasing to lower page edges. Interior bright and clean. A Near Fine copy of Berrigan's most famous work, with a terrific association. SCARCE INSCRIBED. Item #1255