San Francisco: Beat Publishing Co., 1959. First Edition. Wraps. 4to. Side-stapled yellow cover wraps. Mimeographed rectos only. Minor wear. Old, shallow crease through center of issue, unobtrusive. Interior bright and clean. Very good. Near fine. Item #22199
The brainchild of Allen Ginsberg, Bob Kaufman, and John Kelly, BEATITUDE was originally conceived as a weekly newsletter for the North Beach literary scene, publishing the first issue in April 1959. Though it quickly abandoned that schedule, the little mag soon became an important outlet for beat literature and is now one of the defining publications of the early mimeo revolution. As Bob Kaufman put it: "Designed to extoll beauty and promote the beatific life among the various mendicants, neo-existentialists, christs, poets, painters, musicians, and other inhabitants and observers of North Beach." Printed out of the Bread and Wine Mission run by Congregationalist minister Pierre Delattre (who also published in Beatitude), the magazine included the work of its founders, as well as Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, and numerous other notable San Francisco poets and writers. This issue features Ginsberg's poem "Afternoon Seattle," plus a haiku and short selection from OLD ANGEL MIDNIGHT by Kerouac. Both Ginsberg and Kerouac appear on the title page under the "Bored of Directours" (as "A. Ginsboig" and "J. Korewax" respectively). Other contributors include Peter Orlovsky, Chester Anderson, Claire Caudel, and Ruth Weiss. An early issue from a quintessential beat publication. All issues of BEATITUDE's original run (it ceased publication in the early 1960s, but resumed in the late) are now rare. [Clay and Phillips 80-81]. [Morgan C92-94]. [Charters C46].