[levy, d.a.] Beck, George Robert

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Place Published: Cleveland
Publisher: Renegade Press
Date Published: 1963
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 2587


First Printing, one of 100 numbered copies, this being copy no.89. Slim octavo (21.5cm); orange letterpressed wrappers, saddle-stitched; [32]pp. Signature of Lewis Putnam Turco, a Cleveland Formalist poet, to verso of front wrapper, with his embossed library stamp to lower corner of colophon. Some fibrous residue along spine-fold, else bright and clean throughout; Very Good+.


In February 1963, levy purchased a used letterhead hand-press, found by his brother Jim, and begins printed poetry under the Renegade Press imprint from his aunt and uncle's house in Cleveland. The first three Renegade Press titles were comprised of levy's own poetry, and were largely destroyed by him, with very few copies extant. The fourth publication (March, 1963) was a slim volume of poems by George Robert Beck - a friend of levy's and for a time, a detective and deputy sheriff in the Cleveland Police Department. Certainly a curious friendship, given levy's protracted dealings with the Cleveland PD. Scarce; OCLC notes 7 holdings (Yale, Emory, Northwestern, Michigan State, Cleveland Public, Kent State, Ohioana Library Association). Taylor & Horvath P-04.

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