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The Vermont Notebook.
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press,, 1975. Octavo. Original patterned cloth backed boards, title label to spine, white paper over boards with title and illustration to front, brown endpapers. With the original acetate wrapper. 47 full page black and white illustrations by Brainard. With an original Brainard pen-and-ink drawing, signed "Brainard - 74", bound in as issued. A fine copy, with the acetate wrapper chipped at the head. First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Ashbery to his friend the artist R. B. Kitaj (1932-2007), of number B of 26 lettered copies signed by Ashbery and Brainard, bound by Earle Gray, and with an original signed ink drawing by Brainard (dated 1974) bound in. There were also 250 copies signed by Ashbery and Brainard, also hardbound by not so attractively by Earle Gray, and without the original drawing. The inscription on the half-title, "for R. B. Kitaj, love, John Ashbery, London, April 18 1975" is in the year of publication. Kitaj and Ashbery were close friends and collaborators: Kitaj had painted the work used as the cover for Ashbery's Housboat Days (1957), and Ashbery published laudatory criticisms of Kitaj's work, culminating in Thames & Hudson's 1983 publication Kitaj: Paintings, Drawings, Pastels, authored by Ashbery. Ashbery's Pulitzer prize-winning poem "Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror" (inspired by Parmigiano and written in 1974) was in 1984 issued by the Arion Press in tribute to Ashbery, with illustrations by a small selection of his artist friends including Kitaj. He later executed an etched portrait of Ashbery in 1997. Artist Joe Brainard was an artist of the New York school and notable for his collaborations with its poets. His memoir I Remember (1970) is a cult classic, praised by Paul Auster as "one of the few totally original books I have ever read.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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