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Forrest, Michael
Black Sparrow Press, Los Angeles, 1966. Two broadsides, letterpress printed in two colors on cream and gray hand-made paper, measuring 25cm x 36.5cm (9.75" x 14.5"). Both broadsides stamped "PROOF" in black ink at lower margin. Very subtle toning to extremities, with some faint finger-soil to margins; tiny nick to upper right corner of Song; Near Fine, housed side-by-side in a custom half calf and papier peint case. The fifth and seventh publications of John Martin's Black Sparrow Press, printing two poems by southern California poet Michael Forrest, who was the second author (after Charles Bukowski) published by the press. Martin relayed the following to us, when we queried him regarding his history with Forrest: "I knew Michael Forrest at the time I was publishing the 5 Bukowski broadsides. He was in college, he was wanting to become a poet, and he was supportive of Hank. The blind-embossed letter in the front of At Terror Street and Agony Way is a letter from Hank to Michael. Since I was publishing Hank's first broadsides at the time, and since Michael asked me to do the same for him, I published the two that you have." Both broadsides were printed in runs of 30 copies - 27 numbered and signed, with an additional three lettered copies not offered for sale. With regards to the proof copies, Martin noted "I think there could not have been more than 2 proofs. One for Michael and one for me." Both items scarce, true stoppers for collectors of the press. OCLC notes 10 (Mass) and 8 (Song) holdings. Morrow & Cooney 5 & 7. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Captain Ahab's Rare Books [Stephenson, VA, U.S.A.]

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