THE SPERO - VOL.1, NO.2 [WITH] HEROIN HAIKUS. Douglas Casement, William Wantling, contributor.


[Chicago]: Fenian Head Centre Press, 1966. First Edition. The elusive "drug issue" of Casement's short-lived literary journal, with contributions by Carl Larsen, d.a. levy, Al Young, Ray and Bonnie Bremser, John Sinclair, and others. This copy contains the equally elusive Heroin Haikus insert, containing East Peoria poet Wantling's drug-inspired verse, with cover art and internal illustrations by Ben Tibbs. The chapbook was issued in a smaller "Author's Edition" of 50 copies, and a much smaller number of copies were issued as inserts in Spero (closer to 250 than 900). Clay & Phillips, p.296. Item #3410

One of 900 numbered copies, this being copy no.23. Octavo (20.5cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled, with an illustrated chapbook housed in a pocket stapled to inner rear wrapper; 90pp; illus. Light wear and toning to wrapper extremities, with two illustrated plates loose (but present) in text; Very Good+. Wantling's chapbook show some trivial oxidation to staples, else Fine.

Price: $250.00

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