IT CATCHES MY HEART IN ITS HANDS: New and Selected Poems 1955-1963. Charles Bukowski, Robinson Jeffers, introduction, John William Carrington.

IT CATCHES MY HEART IN ITS HANDS: New and Selected Poems 1955-1963.

New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1963. First edition, limited issue, in near fine condition with only light rubbing to edges. This copy SIGNED AND DATED BY BUKOWSKI IN SILVER INK, "Charles Bukowski 12-14-63" and one of 777 copies, most of which were signed. Issued as "Gypsy Lou Series No. 1" by Jon and Louise Webb's Loujon Press. The book was hand-fed letterpress printed one sheet at a time by the Webbs on varied-colored papers of differing widths and bound in remarkably executed paperwraps. An extraordinary piece of contemporary American book making. Issued in yellow envelope-style stiff paperwraps with thin-cork overlay printed in red and black on front; black printed spine and flap which is illustrated with a photograph of Bukowski; and black and purple printed back cover. [Note: Both the title of the book, "It Catches My Heart in Its Hands" and the epigraph herein are taken from Jeffers poem, "Hellenistics."] ALSO INCLUDES VARIOUS EPHEMERA: Three issues of "Sure: The Bukowski Newsletter" including #2 which has an article on the history of this book; a copy of the paperwraps issue of SCREAMS FROM THE BALCONY: SELECTED LETTERS 1960-1970 with letters containing references to this book or to Jeffers (including the one in which he notes that a line was left off the poem "Dinner, Rain & Transport") marked; and two "New Titles" offerings from Black Sparrow Press.
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Price: $1,250.00