Evergreen Review, Vols. 1-4
Frank O'Hara, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Robert Duncan, Josephine Miles, Samuel Beckett, Henri Michaux, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jack Spicer, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Brother Antoninus, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, et al.
New York: Grove Press, 1957-60. Octavos. Volume One has a scotch tape repair applied to the crown of the spine; the other three volumes are very good. 160 pages. Volume Two is signed by Ferlinghetti on the title page. Very good.
The second installment introduced the San Francisco Beat scene to America. Published and distributed nationally during the obscenity trial for Howl, after the second City Lights printing was seized and mostly destroyed. Signed by Mr. Ferlinghetti at Bad Animal whilst drinking white wine, eating almonds, and talking about George Whitman.
"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz"