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Con L'Armata Rossa / Pri Rde i Armadi [With the Red Army] - Three Early Underground Printings from Slovenian Partisan Presses

By DJILAS, Milovan

V.p., v.i., [1944]. This very early work by the great Montenegran communist (and later dissident) intellectual appears to have been published some time after Djilas's first visit to Moscow in March, 1944; by this time, the Yugoslavian Partisan movement had begun reclaiming territory previously lost to the Axis, and the Soviet army had begun its inexorable push west, which would culminate in the Belgrade offensive of October, 1944, liberating Yugoslavia's capital and effectively putting an end to the Nazi occupation. Djilas's homage was intended to celebrate the Soviet offensive and to pave the way for an acceptance of a Soviet-style communist state in Yugoslavia. Ironically, though he would serve briefly as the Vice President of Joseph Broz Tito's new government in 1945, Djilas's greatest fame would come not from being an apologist, but rather a critic, of the state-socialist apparatus; he was imprisoned for nearly ten years under during the Tito regime, and his best-known work The New Class (1957) is a masterful analysis of the bureaucratic elite who proved to be the greatest beneficiaries of post-war communism. Three editions of the same work (with some small textual variations noted between the two Slovenian printings), all published clandestinely by Slovenian Partisans and issued entirely without imprint or date. Despite the rustic conditions under which these pamphlets were produced -- often in (literally) underground bunkers hidden deep in the Slovenian countryside -- they exhibit an extraordinary graphic sense and attention to detail indicative of their producers' dedication, not just to the dissemination of propaganda, but also to the craft of printing. All three are exceedingly rare. OCLC notes one location (Nat. Library Slovenia) for the Italian-language version; no holdings found in OCLC, KVK for COPAC for either Slovenian edition. Branica & Pajkovic (Bibliografija izdanja u narodnooslobodila kom ratu 1941-1945) nos 4890, 4918, 4920 respectively (as cited in Pahor & Johnson, The Partisans: the Underground Society, 2017). We are indebted to booksellers Dasa Pahor and Alex Johnson for their groundbreaking primary research on these and other Slovenian Partisan pamphlets in the above-referenced work. Three separate underground printings - two in Slovenian, one in Italian - of Djilas's propagandistic homage to the Soviet Red Army, written in the final months of the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia. The essay was originally published in Serbo-Croatian, as Sa Crvenom Armijom. Uniform minor wear and age-toning; all three Very Good or better. 1. Djilas. Con L'Armata Rossa. [Strojenika pri Storpniku: Doberdob, 1944]. Octavo (20.5cm). Staple-bound pictorial paper wrappers; 20pp. Front wrapper with linocut illustration in three colors. Italian-language translation. Text printed from type. 2. Djilas. Pri Rde i Armadi. [near Idrija, Gorenjsko, Slovenia: Špik, 1944]. Octavo (22cm). Staple-bound pictorial paper wrappers; 30pp. Linocut illustration to front wrapper, printed in red ink. Text mimeographed. 3. Djilas. Pri Rde i Armadi. Place of publication unknown [but Slovenia: ca 1944]. Octavo (20cm). Staple-bound pictorial paper wrappers; 28pp. Front wrapper illustrated by stencil process; text mimeographed.

$2500.00

The Patriot: Peoples News Service - Vol.I, Nos.1-2 [together with] Patriot Party Ministry of Information: Community News [Complete Run]
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The Patriot: Peoples News Service - Vol.I, Nos.1-2 [together with] Patriot Party Ministry of Information: Community News [Complete Run]

By [NEW LEFT] [PATRIOT PARTY] MOORE, Larry & Tom Dostou (editors)

New York & Chicago: Patriot Party, 1970. First Edition. Paperback. A very short-lived publication produced by the Patriot Party, a national organization of anti-racist working-class white people. The group had its origins in uptown Chicago, as a splinter group of the Young Patriots Organization, and while most of its membership where white, the Patriot Party aligned itself closely to the Black Panther Party, fully embracing its methods and doctrine. The Patriot was published by the Party's New York chapter, with the inaugural issue featuring a striking photo of John Howard on the front cover; the second issue bore a cover photo of Chuck Armsbury, above the slogan "We Don't Mean to be Crackers in the Man's Soup for Another Four Hundred Years." The paper focused primarily on the plight of oppressed and marginalized whites, usually those from poverty stricken areas in the South, as well as in larger cities. Contents include the Patriot Party manifesto and agenda, with articles on Bobby Seale, Los Siete de La Raza, the police power structure, housing, legal first aid, and Party news from around the country. The final issue, published under the title Patriot Party Ministry of Information: Community News, is chiefly dedicated to Field Marshal Tom Dostou's narrative of his arrest on January 21, 1970 and his meeting with police informer George Sams at the Brooklyn State Jail. Scarce in the trade; OCLC locates 16 holdings for The Patriot, with only 2 holdings for the final issue (Northwestern, Wisc.Historical). Three tabloid issues (42-44.5cm); photo-illustrated newsprint wrappers; 16; [16]; [8]pp; illus. Mild wear to extremities, faint horizontal fold at center, else Near Fine.

$1000.00

inter/VIEW - Vol.1, Nos.1 & 2
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inter/VIEW - Vol.1, Nos.1 & 2

By [FILM] WARHOL, Andy, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, and John Wilcock (editors)

New York: Poetry On Films, Inc, 1969. First Edition. Paperback. Frustrated over his inability to gain entrance to the New York Film Festival, Warhol started inter/View, which began its life as a film magazine under the direction of Gerard Malanga. John Wilcock, who published the avant-garde paper Other Scenes, agreed to provide typesetting, layout, and editorial advice for the first few issues, resulting in the aesthetic being more of an underground newspaper than a magazine. The paper promoted Warhol's own productions, and proved quickly to be an effective tool to attract the attention of players in the film world that Warhol and Paul Morrisey wanted to meet (see: Mulroney, Lucy. Andy Warhol, Publisher (2018), pp.93-100). Contents include interviews with Michael Sarne, George Cukor, Mark Frechette, Taylor Mead, Agnes Varda, Susan Sontag, Roman Polanski, and others, with coverage of Mick Jagger in performance. An attractive pair of issues. Two tabloid issues (42cm); photo-illustrated newsprint wrappers; [28]pp per issue; illus. Mild toning to wrapper extremities on No.1, else very Near Fine and unfolded; No.2 shows light toning and wear to extremities, with a few closed tears along the edges of the front wrapper; an unfolded, Very Good+ example.

$750.00

How To: Use Street Theatre
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How To: Use Street Theatre

By [AGITPROP]

London: Agitprop Information, [n.d. but ca.1960's]. First Edition. How-to manual for beginners on the formation of guerilla and street theatre groups, including guidance on techniques, finding audiences, making plays, improvisation, and political affiliations. The Agitprop Information Service, founded in the late 1960's in London, was operated as "a comprehensive information and communications service for all those who are working towards a revolutionary transformation of our society" (Bull, John. British Theatre Companies: 1965-1969, p.80). Not separately listed in OCLC, though we note an example held at U.Wisconsin. Quarto (33cm); mimeographed leaves, alternately printed on recto and verso, and stapled at upper left corner; illustrated title leaf,10,[1]pp. Old horizontal folds smoothed out, oxidation to staple, else Very Good+.

$150.00

Postcards on Parade (Lettered Edition)

By ELMSLIE, Kenward (Book & Lyrics); Steven Taylor (music)

Flint: Bamberger Books, 1993. First, Limited Edition. Paperback. A late dramatic work by Elmslie (b. 1929), best known as a central figure in the New York East-Side poetry scene of the Sixties, during which time he edited and published Z, the seminal journal of the New York School poets including James Schuyler, Joe Brainerd, John Ashbery et al. The current work - a musical, described in Playbill as "...a surreal show, about a postcard collector who deals with personal loss by seeing postcards come to life" - was produced for the stage in 2000 but ended up being canceled while still in rehearsals. Letter "L" of twenty-six copies, signed, hand-numbered, and with an original postcard collage in rear envelope (the artwork with matching number and signature). Octavo (23cm); pictorial card wrappers; 138pp. A fine, unread copy.

$250.00

Art-Rite, Number 7, Autumn, 1974: Video
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Art-Rite, Number 7, Autumn, 1974: Video

By DeAK et al, ed.; Anna Canepa, guest illus.; Vito Acconci, cover illus

New York: Art-Rite Publishing Company, 1974. First Edition. Paperback. Issue of the downtown avant-garde art 'zine published between 1973 and 1978 (running to 18 issues total) and distributed on the streets around SoHo and Chelsea. In direct opposition to mainstream art-critical journals of the period, Art-Rite stuck to a low-budget, proto-punk aesthetic and focused its sights on the work of unrecognized, marginal artists who would become pioneers of the interdisciplinary and performance-oriented art boom of the late Seventies and Eighties. This issue devoted to video art, the cover illustration by video and installation artist Vito Acconci, accompanied by the essay "Some Notes on My Use of Video." Quarto (27.5cm.); publisher's pictorial self-wrappers, disbound as issued; 32pp.; illus. Minor toning and dust-soil, else Near Fine.

$125.00

Art-Rite, Number 2, Summer [1973]
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Art-Rite, Number 2, Summer [1973]

By DeAK et al, ed.; William Wegman, cover illus

New York: Art-Rite Publishing Company, 1973. First Edition. Paperback. Early issue of the downtown avant-garde art 'zine published between 1973 and 1978 (running to 18 issues total) and distributed on the streets around SoHo and Chelsea. In direct opposition to mainstream art-critical journals of the period, Art-Rite stuck to a low-budget, proto-punk aesthetic and focused its sights on the work of unrecognized, marginal artists who would become pioneers of the interdisciplinary and performance-oriented art boom of the late Seventies and Eighties. Wegman, who illustrated the cover, is best known for his photographs of Weimaraners in various poses and costumes. Contents include articles on art critic Maximum Kozloff and American dancer Yvonne Rainer. Quarto (27.5cm.); publisher's pictorial self-wrappers, disbound as issued; 16pp.; illus. Extremities uniformly toned, tiny loss at bottom corner of first and last few leaves, else Very Good or better.

$125.00

Noh [Issued as Linesheet no. 1]
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Noh [Issued as Linesheet no. 1]

By BERRIGAN, Ted and Ron Padgett

N.p. [NY: Lines Press, ca 1965]. First, Limited Edition. Ephemera. Copy 33 of fifty hand-numbered copies, signed in ink by both poets. Broadside, 33cm x 20.5cm. Printed in red on cream laid-paper stock. Faint crease at upper left corner; light soil to extremities; Very Good Plus. FISCHER [Ted Berrigan: an Annotated Checklist ] p.26, quotes Aram Saroyan, proprietor of Lines Press, who supplies the 1965 date and states: "...this was Linesheet #1 (there was never a #2). It's my favorite Berrigan/Padgett collaboration." Rare in proportion to the tiny limitation.

$600.00

First Baby Poems [New Expanded Edition]
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First Baby Poems [New Expanded Edition]

By WALDMAN, Anne

New York: Hyacinth Girls Music, 1983. Revised Edition. Paperback. Small octavo. Pictorial card wrappers; 44pp. Two thousand copies printed. A fine copy.

$25.00

Anarchistic Murmurs from a High Mountain Valley [Inscribed and Signed]
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Anarchistic Murmurs from a High Mountain Valley [Inscribed and Signed]

By BENNETT, John

[Ellensburg, WA: Vagabond Press, 1975]. First Edition. Paperback. Small quarto (21cm.); publisher's pictorial card wrappers illustrated by Cindy Bennett; 27pp. Wrappers chipped along spine edge with some loss, rear cover separated, wrappers additionally unevenly toned, Good only. Inscribed and signed by the author inside upper cover. Vagabond Chapbook #1.

$15.00

Transmutations
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Transmutations

By JONAS, Stephen

London: Ferry Press, 1966. First Edition. Paperback. Small quarto (25cm x 19cm). Unprinted pink card wrappers; pictorial dustjacket; unpaginated [63pp]. Fine and unmarked in lightly rubbed dustwrapper. Illustrated throughout after drawings by Basil King. Foreword by John Wieners.

$60.00

3 [Three] Poems for Benedetta Barzini
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3 [Three] Poems for Benedetta Barzini

By MALANGA, Gerard (text); Stephen Shore (photographs)

[New York]: Angel Hair Books, 1967. First, Limited Edition. Paperback. Limited to 500 copies. Quarto (31cm); purple wrappers printed in blue, six unnumbered leaves, with one inserted sheet of photographic plates. Wrappers faded at margins; text paper toned; Very Good.

$60.00

Exhibition Companion for "Art With the Touch of a Poet: Frank O'Hara"
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Exhibition Companion for "Art With the Touch of a Poet: Frank O'Hara"

By [O'HARA, Frank] CUMMINGS, Hildegarde (ed)

Storrs: The William Benton Museum of Art, 1983. First Edition. Ephemera. Elaborate exhibition catalog for the Benton Museum's retrospective of O'Hara, consisting of multiple printed facsimiles and pamphlet publications. Includes facsimiles of O'Hara letters and manuscript poems; several facsimile publications, including "Hard-Times" with Joe Brainard, "Semi-Colon" with Kenneth Koch, "The O'Hara Songs" by Morton Feldman; etc; two pamphlet publications prepared for the exhibition: A Frank O'Hara Photo Album and Art With the Touch of a Poet: Frank O'Hara; numerous other facsimiles and broadsides. Printed paper envelope, 26cm x 33cm, housing 43 loose enclosures as issued including printed matter (table of contents, checklist of exhibition, and credits), pamphlets and facsimiles. Collated and complete according to publisher's table of contents. Contents fine; envelope lightly soiled and creased.

$150.00

Frontal Nudity
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Frontal Nudity

By ROSENBERG, David (poems); SCHNEEMAN, George (illustrations)

New York: Telephone Books, 1972. First Edition. Paperback. Early collection of poems by Rosenberg, published by Maureen Owen's Telephone Press imprint. Illustrations throughout by George Schneeman. Clay & Phillips, p.227. One of 150 copies. Quarto (28cm); mimeographed sheets (rectos only), side-stapled into illustrated card covers; [45]pp; illus. Light wear and dustiness to wrappers; contents clean; Very Good+.

$85.00

The So
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The So

By COOLIDGE, Clark

New York: Adventures in Poetry, 1971. First Edition. Paperback. Early collection of poems by Coolidge, published under Larry Fagin's Adventures in Poetry imprint. Cover art by Brice Marden. Clay & Phillips, p.196. One of 300 copies. Quarto (28cm); mimeographed sheets, side-stapled into illustrated card covers; [39]pp. Light wear, subtle toning, and a touch of dustiness to wrappers, else clean internally; Very Good+.

$150.00

Postcards on Parade (Lettered Edition)
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Postcards on Parade (Lettered Edition)

By ELMSLIE, Kenward (Book & Lyrics); Steven Taylor (music)

Flint: Bamberger Books, 1993. First, Limited Edition. Paperback. A late dramatic work by Elmslie (b. 1929), best known as a central figure in the New York East-Side poetry scene of the Sixties, during which time he edited and published Z, the seminal journal of the New York School poets including James Schuyler, Joe Brainerd, John Ashbery et al. The current work - a musical, described in Playbill as "...a surreal show, about a postcard collector who deals with personal loss by seeing postcards come to life" - was produced for the stage in 2000 but ended up being canceled while still in rehearsals. Letter "R" of twenty-six copies, signed, hand-numbered, and with an original postcard collage in rear envelope (the artwork with matching number and signature). Octavo (23cm); pictorial card wrappers; 138pp. Mild corner-crease to final two leaves of text, else a fine, unread copy.

$250.00

Wheels of Light
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Wheels of Light

By MALANGA, Gerard

Upper Dharmsala: White Light Foundation, 1972. First, Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 55 of 125 signed, hand-numbered copies. 12mo (19cm); half-leather over boards; 48pp. Brief scuffs to leather at head and heel of spine, else a tight, well-preserved copy with the usual waviness to the hand-bound text. An obscure work by the poet, photographer and prominent Warhol Factory figure, rarely seen in commerce. There was a simultaneous lettered edition of ten copies, presumably hors-commerce.

$650.00

Java V.
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Java V.

By WOOD, Ann (ed)

Columbia: Ann Wood, N.d. (ca 1985). Paperback. Quarto (29cm). Folded unstapled sheets; [20pp]; illus. Very Good or better. Punk 'zine dedicated to creating a "vehicle through which unrecognized but quality visual and written art work could be made available to the public at a reasonable price." Contributions by Stuart Dummit, Joe Steinman, Ty Barty, Luna Ticks, Chuck Sperry, Dan Ross, others.

$20.00

University of Dayton Project Open Space: a proposal submitted to the participants of the Rossman Workshop weekend
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University of Dayton Project Open Space: a proposal submitted to the participants of the Rossman Workshop weekend

By [UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON] Anon

[Dayton: 1970]. Ephemera. Corner-stapled mimeographed sheets; [4pp]+illustrated cover sheet. Very Good. Proposal, following a gender-equallity consciousness raising workshop on the Campus of the University of Dayton, for a "Female-Mode Process for Creating Space," also defined as "A sexual revolution on a Catholic campus! The Marianist Power Brokers would be entirely impotent to the whole. OK!?..." Signed at close of text, "The Aggressive Space Creators." The text is sufficiently incoherent that we cannot say whether the authors intended the work as social criticism, satire, or simply an elaborate keg-party invitation.

$50.00

The Sermons of Jean Harlow & the Curses of Billy the Kid
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The Sermons of Jean Harlow & the Curses of Billy the Kid

By McCLURE, Michael

San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation / Dave Haselwood Books, 1968. First Edition. Pamphlet. Octavo (23cm). Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; [12]pp. One of 1500 copies in the trade edition. Slight dusting to covers, else fine.

$15.00

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