New York: Ecco Press, 2010. First Edition. Smith's memoir of making her way as an artist, poet, and musician in New York during the 1960's, where she met her lifelong friend Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith spent several years scraping by, doing all manner of jobs while trying to develop her artistic voice. She found steady work at Scribner's Bookshop, Gotham Book Mart, and at The Strand, supplementing her income by scouting rare books on the side. Her relationship with Anderson began in the late 1960's, and her relationship to The Strand was a significant one - she would ultimately give a reading for her first collection of poems, Seventh Heaven, on the roof. A distinguished copy, representing a significant tether to her life and activity in the world of books in New York City. Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Non-Fiction. Item #4618
First Printing, a Review Copy, with 3pp of publisher's publicity materials and a 2pp printed interview from the New York Times blog folded and laid in. Octavo (23.5cm); purple paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver on spine, and author's initials in blind on front cover; dustjacket; xii,278,pp; illus. Inscribed by Smith to Craig Anderson, Maxwell Anderson's son, and the long-time manager of The Strand's rare book room, on the title page: "March, 2011 / To Craig / Patti Smith." Spine ends gently nudged, tiny spot of dust-soil to lower edge of textblock, else very Near Fine in like dustjacket, unclipped (priced $27.00), showing some trivial wear to extremities.