ukanhavyrfuckincitibak. D.A. Levy: A Tribute to the Man - 1967 [Ltd 1st Ed]


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1967 FIRST EDITION, 1/1000 Ltd Ed with six clean silkscreen prints. Firmly bound in lightly foxed paper wraps with the original tape, as published by Ghost Press. Used. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: Please see detailed condition in description.

ukanhavyrfuckinciti bak. D.A. Levy: A Tribute to the Man, An Anthology of His Poetry 

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A very scarce FIRST EDITION as published in a limited edition of 1000 copies by Ghost Press. Includes six silkscreen prints. Unpaginated. 8.5" by 11". "This famous anthology gathers an essential and extensive collection of Levy’s poetry, Concrete poetry, picture-poems, prose, poetic manifestos and editorials, plus letters from poets and writers world-wide, written in support of levy after his indictment and arrest..." [GoodReads] Includes Levy’s The North American Book of the Dead. 

As stated on the title page "proceeds, if any, from the sale of this book will go to the levy defense fund, the yet-to-be-conceived levy subsistence fund, and the subsequent levy offense fund". 

Published by Ghost Press. Cleveland, OH. 1967. 

Softcover is overall in VERY GOOD condition. 

  • Illustrated paper wraps firmly bound with original black tape and show foxing to the front and light soiling to the back with light edgewear. 
  • Corners are gently bumped though remain sharp. 
  • Textblock edge is exposed at at the spine ends. 
  • Silkscreen prints are present. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • JS20171029

d.a. levy (October 29, 1942 – November 24, 1968), born Darryl Alfred Levey (later changed to Darryl Allan Levy), was an American poet, artist, and alternative publisher active during the 1960s, based in Cleveland, Ohio... 

In 1966, he was indicted for distributing obscene poetry to minors. He was arrested again in 1967, and his pressing materials confiscated. In a comment to Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Maeroff, Levy said “It’s absolutely not obscene,” he said. “And even if it were I wouldn’t care. You can go anywhere in this city and pick up something published by Grove Press” — publisher of censored works such as D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” — “or girlie or nudist magazines. The cops aren’t bothering them.” The case attracted wide attention, and prompted a benefit reading on May 14, 1967 on the Case Institute of Technology campus which featured such figures as Allen Ginsberg, Tuli Kupferberg and the Fugs.

The case dragged on for a year, but in 1968 the prosecutor agreed to drop the obscenity charges against Levy and Lowell. Levy’s lawyer convinced him to plead no contest to the charges of tending to contribute to the delinquency of minors, and Levy agreed to pay a $200 fine and no longer associate with juveniles or give them his poetry." Levy was a friend of William Fiske, son of Irving Fiske, a co-creator of Quarry Hill Creative Center. [Wikipedia]

A word about the mimeograph machine, the device used in the printing of this publication

The stencil duplicator or mimeograph machine (often abbreviated to mimeo) is a low-cost duplicating machine that works by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper. The mimeograph process should not be confused with the spirit duplicator process.

Mimeographs, along with spirit duplicators and hectographs, were a common technology in printing small quantities, as in office work, classroom materials, and church bulletins. Early fanzines were printed with this technology, because it was widespread and cheap. In the late 1960s, mimeographs, spirit duplicators, and hectographs began to be gradually displaced by photocopying. [Wikipedia]

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Binding: Softcover Wraps
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: Poetry
Place of Publication: Cleveland OH
Publisher: Ghost Press
Year Printed: 1967
Author: D.A. Levy
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