FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence. Pictures of the Gone World.

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FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence Pictures of the Gone World San Francisco: The City Lights Pocket Bookshop, 1955.

Small 4to., original black publisher's card wraps with titles and price direct in yellow; overlaid yellow title sticker lettered in black; unpaginated [pp. xl]; with poems numbered in black; a near-fine example, internally clean, with some pencil marks to prelims (some now erased): label a little bubbled, with one black scratch mark to the upper cover.
First edition, one of 1000 copies. The an original city lights review copy, with the slip loosely inserted. Signed by Ferlinghetti to the title page, 'Lawrence Ferlinghetti/ 7 May 63/ New Haven'.
In 1951 Ferlinghetti settled in San Francisco, opening the City Lights Pocket Book Shop in 1953. It quickly became a gathering place for the city’s literary avant-garde. Under his new imprint, the City Lights press, he began to publish poetry, and Pictures of the Gone World was released just a couple of years later. His new Pocket Poet Series introducing a series which was to form the iconoclastic body of work which promoted names as ground-breaking as O'Hara, Patchen, Kaufman, William Carlos Williams and Ginsberg to name merely a few. By the time it series ended in 1982 it had stretched to 40 titles and included Allen Ginsberg's infamous Howl (number four in the series).
Ferlinghetti’s own lucid, good-natured, witty verse was, like many of his contemporaries, written in a conversational style that was designed to be read aloud. It became extremely popular in coffehouses and campus auditoriums and "struck a responsive chord in disaffected youth."
An original example in superior condition.