New York: Random House, 1968. First Edition. Wraps. 4to. White printed wraps. Mild shelfwear. Toning to edges, with a few small scuff marks and stains. Interior clean and unmarked. Publisher's card laid in, typed "WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE AUTHOR." Unpaginated. With original typescript of the book. Six leaves, typed rectos only. Differs from published version in sequence; some omissions. Near fine. PROVENANCE: From the collection of Andreas Brown, last proprietor of the Gotham Book Mart. Presumably submitted for publication consideration by Gotham. Very good. Item #23407
Near-complete original typescript for Aram Saroyan's self-titled collection of minimal and concrete verse. ARAM SAROYAN contained the poet's infamous "four-legged m" poem, holder of the Guiness record for world's shortest, but here absent likely due to inability to type the poem. Otherwise the complete text of the book, though in slightly different order and with different pagination (condensed to just six pages, presumably for convenience). The second of Saroyan's infuential trilogy of concrete collections that began with COFFEE COFFEE the previous year, and was largely complete by the publication of PAGES the next. And though Saroyan has gone on to a long and respected writing career, these conceptual poems are likely to be the work for which he is best remembered for. A gathering of these three books, COMPLETE MINIMAL POEMS (Ugly Duckling), won the William Carlos Williams Award in 2007 and was republished by Primary Information in 2014. A rare typescript from a defining and groundbreaking work of 20th century avant garde poetics.