Woodside, Amherst, and Berkeley: Heyeck Press et al, (1987 – 1999). First edition of each. Archive from the collection of Allen K. Mears. 10 bound volumes, including two magazines; 4-page TYPED LETTER SIGNED, AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, brief AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED, AUTOGRAPH POSTCARD SIGNED, and printouts of 2 emails; as well as ephemera from a reading, et al, and copies of Mears’ own letters.
MAGNETISM, Woodside: Heyeck Press, (1987): 8vo light blue paperwraps lettered in red and with design printed in blue; INSCRIBED “To Al Mears --/ with thanks for your great patience --/ all best wishes./ Ed Kleinschmidt/ Woodside, Calif./ November 6, 1987.” Letter from the press announcing the book as winner of the 1988 Bay Area Book-Reviewers Association Award for Poetry for the best book of poetry published in 1987 by a Bay Area writer with brief handwritten note from the publisher (“Just thought you’d like to know --/ Robin) laid in.
FIRST LANGUAGE, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, (1990): 3 copies – 8.5 x 11” galley proof comb-bound with plain blue covers and “Sepak” for “Speak” p.13 (corrected in published book); presumed early copy from the paperwraps issue with bottom edge of covers not properly cropped and “with compliments” slip from the press taped to front cover; and hardcover issue in dust jacket with author’s signature beneath his printed one, which he has crossed out and also INSCRIBED, “ To Allen --/ with all my best wishes, to you./ Ed/ December 10, 1990.”
TO REMAIN, Woodside: Heyeck Press, (1990): one of 200 bound in “Heyeck hand marbled paper” from a total edition of 950, this one SIGNED by Kleinschmidt on page preceding the colophon.
BODYSONG, Woodside: Heyeck Press, (1999): 2 copies – limited issue which although not indicated as such in the book itself, is one of 68 bound in hand-marbled covers (email from Robin Heyeck laid in reads in part, “I printed 980 copies ... sixty-eight of them were bound in hand marbled covers .....”) and although not called for this copy SIGNED by Kleinschmidt on title page; trade issue with gray-and-white printed marbled-paper design on covers, INSCRIBED to Allen Mears with a quote from Wallace Stevens followed by “many many thanks for/ your continued enthusiastic/ interest! All best --/ Ed.” Errata slip with photographer credit laid in as well as printout of email exchange which is cut off on right edge but reads in part, “Frances and I were married last May (after many years together) and I’ve added her [name] ....”
SPEED OF LIFE, Berkeley: Apogee Press, 1999: paperback original INSCRIBED, “For Allen --/ Poetry is the best cure/ for inaccuracy/ Best --/ Ed.” One of 2000 copies per email from the publisher which is laid in along with a promotional postcard and printout of an illuminating email exchange in which Kleinschmidt says in part, “A number of the poems in SOL were very difficult to write and I even felt shocked and somewhat disgusted by what was flowing from my pen, but I kept going with the poem, even pushing it, almost daring myself, just to see what the final product would be.”
ALSO INCLUDES: August 1991 issue of POETRY MAGAZINE with Kleinschmidt’s poem, “The Death of Literature,” on p. 273. University of Massachusetts Press Fall and Winter 1989 – 1990 CATALOG with brief ALS and copies of 2 poems printed in area publications. The NEW YORKER MAGAZINE Nov. 6, 1989 issue with Kleinschmidt’s poem, “Orchestrion,” on p. 54 with 4-page TLS from Kleinschmidt answering in detail questions posed by Mears about his work, providing additional information that he sometimes uses at readings and lectures, and talking about the thought process and/or genesis of a few poems, including “Orchestrion.” He also sends along a copy of a lengthy letter he received from another fan of his work on the subject of the same poem. FLYER for The Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Poetry Series 1990-91” during which Kleinschmidt and Gregory Orr gave readings at Georgetown University together with copies of holograph poems by each, presumably issued as broadside giveaways for attendees (“Father’s Song” by Orr and “Atavism” by Kleinschmidt) and 2-page ALS. Altogether fine.