San Francisco: John Kelly, 1959. First Edition. Scarce, early issue of "perhaps the quintessential "Beat" publication...originally published in mimeograph at the Bread and Wine Mission on Grant Avenue in San Francisco's very hip North Beach...Beatitude was originally planned as a weekly newsletter, "designed to extol beauty and promote the beatific life among the various mendicants, neo-existentialists, christs, poets, painters, musicians and other inhabitants and observers of North Beach"" (Clay & Phillips, p.81). Contents include contributions by Jack Spicer, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Bob Kaufman, John Kelly, Dave Koblick, John Richardson, John Chance, Pierre Henri Delattre, Ruth Weiss, Robert Stock, Susan Brier, Carol Mann, Robert Briggs, and others. Item #4659
Quarto (28cm); mimeographed sheets (rectos) with illustrated front wrapper, side-stapled; pp. Light wear and handling, mild toning to front wrapper edges, with a few small splash marks to same, and three faint, circular stains to lower margin of terminal leaf; Very Good+.