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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Harris & Givens, (1942). The painted issue of his fourth book: Copy No. 14 of 75 numbered copies with an original cover painted by Patchen. Signed by the author. Offsetting to the half-title page from previous label; toning to covers; near fine in wrappers, in the publisher's near fine slipcase. A very early painted edition. [#034848] $2,500
Prairie City, Decker Press, (1948). An unrecorded variant of this uncommon title. Gray cloth with the same design as that of the apparently first issue yellow cloth, in a blue dust jacket with gold and black lettering, a price of $1 and the words "THE ARCHIVE of Duke University" in place of "Louis Untermeyer" on the dust jacket copy. According to Morgan, Decker printed about 200 copies of this title, about 20 of which were the first issue, although Morgan doesn't account for all known variants. Shortly after printing this book, Decker disappeared and his car was found abandoned, a mystery that was never solved. Fine in a mildly sunned, else fine dust jacket. [#001805] $1,500
(PATCHEN, Kenneth). GOULD, Dennis
Redruth, Cornwall, U.K., Books and Things/Red Crab Design, [ca. 1972]. A broadside poem in tribute to Miriam and Kenneth Patchen. Number 5 in the Posterpoem series. Approximately 20" x 30". Unevenly folded in 16ths for mailing, and with minor edge wear; near fine. This copy is in an edgeworn envelope addressed to an employee of the St. Mary's University Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Uncommon: OCLC lists only one copy as being held in libraries worldwide. [#029877] $375
[Mount Vernon], (Walpole Printing Office), . Prospectus for the "regular edition" of 295 copies, after a deluxe edition of 50 copies. Three paragraph statement about the book by Patchen; blurb by Henry Miller; and the names of some of the subscribers that made publication possible (Maxwell Perkins, E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, James Laughlin, Louis Untermeyer, William Carlos Williams, Stephen Vincent Benet, etc.) One sheet, folded to make four pages. Slight edge-sunning; near fine. Uncommon ephemeral piece for what is perhaps Patchen's best-known book. [#035684] $100