• FIRST EDITION OF JACK KEROUAC’S Lonesome Traveler; Signed by Artist Larry Rivers

    Kerouac, Jack; Drawings by Larry Rivers.

    Lonesome Traveler.

    New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1960.

    First edition of this collection of short stories. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Larry Rivers. Boldly signed by the artist Larry Rivers. Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the “Godfather” and “Grandfather” of Pop art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947–48. He earned a BA in art education from New York University in 1951. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art. He was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery in 1955. During the early 1960s Rivers lived in the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory and where he brought several of his French nouveau réalistes friends like Yves Klein who wrote there in April 1961 his Manifeste de l’hôtel Chelsea, Arman, Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo, Daniel Spoerri or Alain Jacquet, several of whom left, like him, some pieces of art in the lobby of the hotel : for payment of their rooms. In 1965 Rivers had his first comprehensive retrospective in five important American museums. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $1,600.00

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  • A Lengthy Autographed Letter from Allen Ginsberg

    Ginsberg, Allen.

    Allen Ginsberg Autographed Letter Signed.

    1971.

    Five page autographed letter signed by Allen Ginsberg. (“Ginsberg” with a long-stemmed daisy drawings), February 10, 1971, 12pm, Cherry Valley, New York. To the Symphony School, Mr. Loratz (Special Events Secretary), and Students. The American poet lists his “favorite musical compositions accumulated in ear/mind” – including specific works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, “Prajnaparamita Sutra … which will turn everyone on … Hare Krishna Mantra … Fugs record on which I sang, or George Harrison’s recent ‘My Sweet Lord’ … Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag … Bessie Smith … Ray Charles … Opera. Bertol Bracht / Kurt Weil Magahony … Some Versions of Rolling Stones’ Lets Spend the Night Together,” four Beatles hits, “J. Lennon – Give Peace a Chance … Bob Dylan …,” and others. Together with the original email addressed by Ginsberg to the teacher and school named above in La Crosse, Wisconsin, printed perpendicularly at the left edge “CIA Conspiracy / Trial Office!,” and “Free John, Pun & Jack!” along the bottom. A month prior to this letter, Ginsberg testified in pretrial hearings in Detroit for three members of the White Panther Party charged in the September 29, 1968, bombing of a CIA office in Ann Arbor: John Sinclair, John W. Forrest and Lawrence “Pun” Plamodon. The envelope used by Ginsberg to send the present letter was printed by the defense. In near fine condition.

    Price: $4,500.00

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