New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1972. First Edition. Attractive copy of Ginsberg's paean to the area surrounding the Bixby Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, one of the central locations frequented by the Beats for solitude and creative inspiration. Illustrated throughout with photographs by William Webb. A significant copy inscribed to Emil White (1901-1989), long-time friend and personal secretary to Henry Miller, and founder of the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. In addition to his career as a painter, writer, and publisher, White was a central figure in Big Sur, intimately connected with Miller's circle, and to the Beats who made pilgrimages to the California coastal city. Morgan A25.a2. Item #4391
One of 10 hors commerce copies specially marked for presentation, this being copy no.3. Quarto (26.5cm); rust-colored cloth, with titles stamped in gilt, and an illustration by Big Sur painter Emil White tipped onto front cover; pp; illus. This copy inscribed by Ginsberg to artist Emil White on the colophon: "For Emil White / at last we're together / pasted up mex'd with art nature babble / forever in eachother's minds & hearts - your old soul mate / Allen Ginsberg / Dec.1972." Light wear to spine ends and extremities, a few faint scratches to front cover, with textblock sagging slightly, and some mild finger-soil to margins; small sketch and illegible word in an undetermined hand to the mounted illustration on front cover; Very Good or better.