SIGNED BY SIX BEAT POETS
KHERDIAN, David. Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists. Fresno: Giligia Press, (1967). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket; four-page prospectus laid in. $950.
First edition of this collection of biographies and checklists of Ferlinghetti, Snyder, Whalen, Meltzer, McClure, and Antonius, signed by Kherdian on the half title, and accompanied by the book’s prospectus, signed by each of the six poets.
This important reference book, a bibliography of six poets who loitered around San Francisco’s City Lights Bookshop, begins with Lawrence Ferlinghetti. “Since 1953 nearly every major poet in the United States has visited or lived in San Francisco. During this period one of the most interesting of all the movements in American literature began. Now, almost 15 years after the renaissance began, we are able to stand back and take a long, careful look at what has happened… during an absolute explosion of ‘little magazines’ and small presses.” “Kherdian is one of the best writers about poetry and poets ever” (William Saroyan). The accompanying prospectus reproduces the front panel of the dust jacket, with portraits of the six poets represented. Each portrait is signed by its subject.
Book and prospectus fine, small closed tear to dust jacket.