Item #2872 The Love Book. Lenore Kandel.

The Love Book

San Francisco: Stolen Paper Review Editions, 1966. Later printing.

Collection of four psychedelic erotic poems by Leonore Kandel (1932-2009) that led to an obscenity trial. This is a later printing of the First Edition, with a blue overprinting to the figures on the front cover.

In May 1967, a jury in San Francisco found the book obscene and fined booksellers from the Psychedelic Shop and City Lights. Perhaps not surprisingly, that only made the book more popular. By the end of May, sales of The Love Book "had skyrocketed from a few dozen to at least twenty thousand." (Joy Lanzendorfer in The New Yorker, October 13, 2023). The verdict was overturned in 1971.

PHYSICAL DETAILS: Octavo, 6 leaves, printed rectos only, in stapled, brown illustrated wrappers, blue overprinting to the Shiva-like figure and naked woman on the front cover (soft cover).

CONDITION: Some edge wear and curling to corners. Internally, some creasing to pages. A Very Good copy. Item #2872

Price: $75.00

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