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Rare Beat Generation Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

There were many fantastic authors of the Beat Generation, and Biblio is proud to present a vast collection of rare and antique books written by the infamous authors of the Beat Generation. Many of the rare and antique books featured below are signed by the author, and many of them are also inscribed. Some of the rare and antique books of the Beat Generation come complete with illustrations and other ephemera, so they would make a great addition to any rare and antique book collection.

Original Carbon Typescript for Part I of "Howl by Ginsberg, Allen

[San Francisco], 1955. Very good overall.. Previously unknown original carbon typescript of the most important postwar American poem: Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." Almost certainly the only surviving draft version of this iconic poem remaining in private han…

From Type Punch Matrix


On The Road by Kerouac, Jack

New York: The Viking Press, 1957. First Edition. Black cloth with title in white on cover and flawless text in white on spine. Fine/very good. Octavo 5.25" x 8" pp. [2] 3-310. One of the most seminal, shape shifting books of 20th century liter…

From Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts



Viking Press. New York. 1957. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Publishers black cloth, lettered in white to spine and front board. In original 1st state dustwrapper with price still intact on front inner flap. Book is clean internally except for the faint trace of a …

From Paul Foster Books


Howl and Other Poems; Introduction by William Carlos Williams by Ginsberg, Allen

San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1956. Second Edition. 5" x 6.13" pp. 44, One of the foundational troika of Beat Literature along with "On The Road" and "Naked Lunch". This Poem has survived a First Amendment challenge in c…

From Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts


Riprap by Snyder, Gary

First edition. [17] leaves, bound double-folded and sewn Japanese-style. Patterned blue paste-paper wrappers, printed cover label. Tiny trace of rubbing to corners, still a beautiful, fine copy of a fragile production, and rare thus. Snyder's landmark fir…

From Triolet Rare Books, ABAA



[Np], 1989. Original 16 x 20" black & white photograph (image size 12 x 18" landscape orientation). One corner faintly bumped, otherwise fine. A vintage print of this superb photographic portrait of Burroughs, taken at his shooting range. Burroughs, wea…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Empty Mirror: Early Poems by GINSBERG, Allen

New York: Totem Press in association with Corinth Books, 1961. Softcover. Near Fine. First edition. Wrappers. Introduction by William Carlos Williams. A couple of small stains on the rear panel, else fine. Inscribed by Ginsberg on Staten Island in 1964 …

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA


First Poems and Others (copy 1 of 280) by Stern, Gerd (author), Ivan Majdrakoff (illustrator)

n.p.[New York]: [privately printed], 1952. 1st edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket (as issued). VG. 8vo, 68pp, sewn binding in quarter-cloth card covers with cover label. Lowest-numbered copy (1 of 280, initialed by the author) of this rare and semi…

From Philip Smith, Bookseller



[ San Francisco: Privately Published by The Author], 1952. Octavo. Folded, gathered, unbound sheets, laid into plain outer folded wrapper. Text and drawings multilithed in blue and black in facsimile of the author's hand. Early reinforcement of fold of …

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Crucifix in a Deathhand by Charles Bukowski

Minor shelf wear. Signed by Charles Bukowski. Slight tear to one deckled edge. Small stain on back cover. Very nice copy for age. See photosSigned by Charles BukowskiOffers welcomed…

From Rhino Books


AMERICAN EXPRESS by Corso, Gregory

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1961. First edition, first prnt. 1st state with "15 N.F." printed price on rear wrap. No. 85 in the publisher's "The Traveller's Companion" series. Signed by Corso on the front free endpage. Perfect-bo…

From Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA


Naked Lunch by Burroughs, William S

New York: Grove Press, Inc. , 1958. First American Edition, First Printing stated at copyright page, First Issue dust jacket with no zip code rear panel and correct price front flap, Near Fine, tiny bump top corner front board, in Near Fine dust jacket, …

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


Pictures of the Gone World by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence

San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books. Very Good+. 1955. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Paperback. 087286040X . The first book in the Pocket Poets Series published by The City Lights Pocket Bookshop. This first edition was limited to 500 unnumbered copies. T…

From S. Howlett-West Books (member of ABAA & ILAB)


THE SOFT MACHINE by Burroughs, William S

NY: Grove Evergreen, 1966. First US edition, first prnt. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Signed by Burroughs on the title page. Very slight shelfwear; dustjacket with slight wear at spine ends. Review slip with one corner crease. Clean cop…

From Revere Books, ABAA & IOBA


THE BOWLING GREEN POEMS by Holmes, John Clellon

[California, PA: Arthur & Kit Knight, 1977. Two volumes. Oblong 12mo. Printed wrappers. Light tanning to wrappers, tiny discoloration at bottom edge of one, but otherwise very good or better. Two copies (#2 and #195) from an edition of 250 numbered copie…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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