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Patchen, Kenneth
Panels for the Walls of Heaven
Bern Porter, [Berkeley], 1946. Signed limited first edition, number 88 of 150 copies in a binding hand-painted for this edition by American poet Kenneth Patchen: "no two covers alike." Working in the prophetic tradition of William Blake and Walt Whitman, Patchen's career was defined by experiments in genre and media: "the anti-novel, concrete poetry, poetry-jazz, poetry-play, drawings-and-poems, and finally the picture poems" (Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America). Published by the polymath artist Bern Porter, Panels for the Walls of Heaven incorporates illustration and typographic play into a cycle of poems about love and pacifism: "if you have blood on your hands take them off this page." A near-fine copy of an important American artist's book. Square volume, measuring 8 x 8 inches: [2], 67, [1]. Hand-painted color pictorial boards, wrapped in original acetate, with colophon and Patchen's signature painted on lower board; printed spine label; top edge stained turquoise; original stamped price of $8.50 beneath acetate on inside front board. Text block printed on coated paper, title printed in violet and red, text and illustrations printed in violet. Faint occasional foxing, heavier to first and last pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers, ABAA [Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.]

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