Di Prima, Diane (poems); Herms, George (illustrations)

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Price: $2,500.00

Place Published: Topanga, CA
Publisher: Love Press
Date Published: [1966]
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 2530


One of 100 (of 112) copies. Quarto (29.5cm); 36 loose leaves (measuring 8.5" x 11"), each printed with a poem by Di Prima and corresponding woodblock print by Herms, each interleaved with tissue-paper; title/limitation leaf signed by Di Prima; housed in a hand-stitched suede leather satchel, titled by hand (in ink), and sealed with crimson wax along flap. Mild toning to margins of p.1, else Fine in a Near Fine satchel, showing some trivial handling and wear to extremities.


Handsome collaborative work between the Brooklyn-born Beat poet and renown California assemblage artist. The project began in the Spring of 1964, when Di Prima paid for Herms's travel expenses to come to New York and design sets for a production by Michael McClure. In a 1993 interview, Herms relays the following: "A friend of mine got me a little eight-foot cubicle as a studio in the Lower East Side. But Diane gave me a set of haiku poems that she had written and suggested I illustrate them. So I began...I'm twenty-nine and for the first time in New York. I have William Blake sitting on my shoulder and I have all this patience that I'd never had before, and I began to carve illustrations out of cherry and pear wood..." (Archives of American Art). The result was a pairing of Di Prima's poems and Herms's prints - arranged by the four seasons - all printed by Herms at his Topanga-based Love Press. An exquisite portfolio, its hand-made aesthetic reminiscent of (and quite likely a response to) Wallace Berman's Semina. (See Semina Culture, p.124).

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