The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Rexroth, Kenneth

Published by Decker Press, 1949
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First Edition. Light green paper-covered boards with brown cloth spine. #6 of 500 numbered copies. 117pp. Light offsetting from binding to endpapers. Dustjacket retains $3.00 price on flap. Jacket is moderately worn at extremities and stained on spine; still a very good copy. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Art of Worldly Wisdom
Publisher: Decker Press
Publication Date: 1949
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

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Rexroth, Kenneth
Published by Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici
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Book Description Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici. Book Condition: Very Good. Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici, 1980. Signed. Limited edition of 50 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies; this is copy 'A'. Hardcover in very good condition. Comes in slipcase, which is slightly rubbed. Gray paper over board and blue cloth spine. Dust jacket shows light bumps on front, close to spine. 117 pp. Bookseller Inventory # Rare-BD3-00038

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Rexroth, Kenneth
Published by Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici, Santa Barbara (1980)
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Book Description Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici, Santa Barbara, 1980. Boards, cloth back, dust jacket and slipcase. Jacket spine slightly tanned, else fine. First edition, third issue, one of 26 lettered copies, of a total issue of 76, all signed by Rexroth. This collection of Rexroth's earliest poems was printed by the Decker Press in Prairie City, Illinois in 1949; the edition was replete with typographical errors, and the publisher soon disappeared, in mysterious circumstances. Few copies were bound at the time, and it was not effectively distributed. Rexroth estimated that 50 copies got into circulation, but he retained the unbound sheets. In 1953 the sheets were acquired by Richard Wirtz Emerson, and issued with a new preface and errata list under his Golden Goose Press imprint. A found further remainder of the unbound sheets resulted in this issue many years later. Bookseller Inventory # 1049

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REXROTH, Kenneth
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Book Description Golden Goose, Sausalito, 1953. hardcover. Book Condition: fine. The book was originally announced for publication in 1949 by The Decker Press, but only a few copies were released because of the murder of its director. This edition contains a preface written especially for it, plus the original one. 8vo, cloth bound boards. Sausalito: Golden Goose, 1953. Second Edition. Review copy. Bookseller Inventory # 226127

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Book Description DeCKER, 1949. Book Condition: Near Fine. FIRST. First edition, first issue. Decker's demise derailed the formal publication of this book, and though an edition of five hundred copies was printed, only a portion of the edition was bound up. with errata slip. Warmly inscribed by Rexroth to Dick Collins, jazz musician. Signed by Author(s). Book. Bookseller Inventory # jr 8/1-49

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REXROTH, KENNETH
Published by Santa Barbara, CA Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici 1980 (1980)
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Book Description Santa Barbara, CA Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici 1980, 1980. First Edition, Third Issue. One of an issue limited to 50 numbered copies signed by the author; this is copy #23. Additionally signed and inscribed by Rexroth on the front free endpaper to a fellow poet in the year of publication: ÒFor David Dahl, best wishes. Kenneth Rexroth, May 80.Ó The bookÕs interesting publication history is detailed at the colophon and reads in full: ÒThis first signed, limited edition of The Art of Worldly Wisdom published by Bradford Morrow & Allan Covici consists of 50 numbered and 26 lettered copies, all signed by the author. This book is comprised of the original printed sheets for the Decker Press edition (Prairie City, 1949) which was never published; thereafter these same sheets were trimmed and used by the Golden Goose Press (Sausalito, 1953) for the first published edition, adding the ÔSecond PrefaceÕ to the text. The present edition adds a new Afterword by the author. Typography and printing by Patrick Reagh, and bound in Earle Gray in Winter, 1980.Ó Fresh fine copy in a fine dust jacket with the barest hint of toning to the spine, enclosed in the original slipcase which is also in fine shape. Bookseller Inventory # 20425E

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Book Description Golden Goose Press, Sausalito, CA, 1953. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 8vo. Brown paper-covered boards with gray cloth spine & paper spine label. 117pp. Tiny early bookstore label inside rear cover, else very good. Dust jacket is lightly soiled & has a couple small spots. 2" tear at rear fold of spine. One tiny chip. Small piece clipped from top of front flap of jacket. This copy is a wonderful association "For the Ciardi's affections Kenneth Rexroth.". Bookseller Inventory # 009301

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Rexroth, Kenneth
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Book Description The Decker Press, 1949. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 117 pp. Light green paper-covered boards over brown cloth backstrip, spine lettered in silver and front board lettered in brown. Corners heavily rubbed, minor general edgewear. An uncommon Rexroth book- although 500 copies were slated to be published, far less than that were bound, and the sheets were later used under different imprints. This copy unnumbered. Inscribed by Rexroth on the front free endpaper and dated Xmas 1950, an early inscription. The ink from the inscription has offset onto the front pastedown. Errata slip laid in. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1371

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REXROTH, KENNETH.
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Book Description 8vo. Original cloth-backed boards. The Decker Press, Prairie City, Illinois: 1949. First Edition. First Issue. Decker died about the time this book was published and only a few copies were sent out for review purposes. The rest of the copies remained in sheets and were published some years later. This is one of a few copies (probably about 20) sent out for review purposes. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 000288

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Book Description Hardcover. Golden Goose 1953 VG, signed by author some ghosting. Bookseller Inventory # AX182-POET

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Book Description golden Goose Press, 1953. Book Condition: Very Good. Signed by Author(s) Very Good. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: Very Good) Cloth over decorated paper and boards, bound with sheets from the Decker Press 1949 printing which was announced but never officially published due to the murder of it's director. Very good copy in very good dust jacket with a few small chips and one round drink stain on cover. Inscribed by Kenneth Rexroth to Henry Ely, a bay area reference librarian, in 1957. Bookseller Inventory # 78153

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