Evergreen Review, Vol. 2
Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Robert Duncan, Josephine Miles, Jack Spicer, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Brother Antoninus, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
New York: Grove Press, 1957. Octavo. Pictorial paper wraps, lightly rubbed along the spine, very slight tear to the rear panel near the bottom corner of the spine. 160 pages. First edition, signed by Ferlinghetti on the title page. Very good.
The document that 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"