Lans-en-Vercors and Geneva: Locus Solus Press, 1961-1962. First Editions. Complete run of this poetry journal called "the overseas wing of the New York School...The magazine was definitely "no nonsense" from the beginning, presenting no manifestoes or editorial statements, just high-quality literature - simply and elegantly presented with care and respect" (Clay & Phillips, p.169). In addition to the editors, contributors included Frank O'Hara, Barbara Guest, André Breton, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Ceravolo, Gregory Corso, Gerard Malanga, Diane Di Prima, LeRoi Jones, Kenward Elmslie, John Wieners, Barbara Guest, and others. A difficult set to complete, since the elusive issue V was printed in a small run of 500 copies (a fraction of the size of the other 4 issues). KERMANI D3; MAYNARD & MILES C26-27. Item #4150
Five issues bound in four octavo volumes (ca.17.5-18cm); printed wrappers; 167,; 205,; 294,; 184pp. First (un-trimmed) state of issue 1, measuring 7 1/8" x 5 1/8" (per Kermani, p.98); hint of sunning to spines on volumes I-IV, with a few faint splash marks on spines of volumes I-II; volume I with a few faint stains on rear wrapper; Very Good+. Light wear to extremities on volumes III-V, else Near Fine.