San Francisco: Dave Haselwood / City Lights, (1970). First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Original brown printed cloth in dust-jacket. Near fine in very good jacket. Jacket has small stain to front flap. Mild rubbing, touches of edgewear. Unclipped. Book itself sound and clean throughout. Photographer, poet, and former Warhol associate Gerard Malanga's copy; his penned ownership signature to top of front free endpaper with "Dharamsala, India" right below. INSCRIBED by Ginsberg to Malanga beneath: "Gerard - Sorry this / could not serve / as a better guide / to spiritual matters & teachers -- / Allen Ginsberg / S.F. 73 May 15." Near fine / very good. Item #16727
An excellent association copy of this mid-career collection of notebook and journal entries, dream fragments, verse drafts, photographs, etc. from the Beat poet, the bulk of which were completed during his visit to India from 1962-1963. Malanga went on an extenisve world-wide trip in 1972, spending time in Dharamsala, where this book was purchased, and later inscribed by Ginsberg, who references the trip, after Malanga's return. The two had known each other since the late 1950s when Malanga organized a poetry festival in which Ginsberg took part (see Miles 335), and they were published in many of the same magazines throughout the 1960s and 70s. Malanga included Ginsberg in the famed Warhol/Malanga issue of INTRANSIT, and dedicated at least one poem to the beat poet. He also included a photograph of Ginsberg in his photobook SIX PORTRAITS (Nadada, 1975). A strong association between these two friends, poets, and photographers - with a revealing inscription and provenance. One of 1000 copies in hardcover. [Morgan A19.a1].