New York: The Poets Press, 1965. First Edition. Superb copy of the Beat author's first book, a collection of autobiographical notebook writings, published after his 11-year prison sentence by Diane Di Prima's Poets Press. While published several years later than the works of his more famous contemporaries, it remains a key, early work by one of the principal members of the Beat Generation. Item #4491
First Printing, without the nine line introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Small quarto (24.5cm); blue textured card wrappers, stapled; [viii],78,pp, with 11 full-page illustrations throughout the text by Erin Matson. A review copy, with publicity letter signed by publisher Diane Di Prima folded and laid in. Trivial wear along spine-fold, faint, smoky odor, else a sharp, very Near Fine copy. Accompanied by eight of the eleven original illustrations for the book by Erin Matson (née Black, b.1937), composed between 1963-1965, each signed and dated. The illustrations appear on pp.[vi], 12, 20, 42, 54, 62, 68, and 76, composed in pen and ink on white stock, the smallest measuring 5.5" x 8.5" and the remainder mostly 8.5" x 11". Mild wear and handling, occasional finger-soil, several with tiny adhesive marks to corners on verso, and a few with small tears or tiny losses to corners.