GINSBERG, Allen Howl and other poems. San Francisco: City Lights Books, .
12mo.; original black and white printed wraps, pp.44; title page browned; last page creased; the wraps with some wear and browning and some amateur retouching to the black to cover and inner front cover.
First edition, fourth printing. Signed by both Ginsberg (title page recto) and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti (verso). Unusual thus.
Early issue of the quintessential poetry collection from this noted Beat author, with introduction by William Carlos Williams. 'Howl' is one of the principle works of the Beat generation, but it was not without its controversy. For publishing the collection Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a beat poet in his own right, was arrested and charged with obscenity. After a very public trial Ferlinghetti was released, and another 5,000 copies were published to cope with the public demanded generated from the arrest. This fourth printing was ordered just one month afer his aquittal.