Our new catalog, THE BEATS, contains more than 100 items related to the Beat movement, nearly all new arrivals, with a few items from stock at reduced prices. Many of these wonderful pieces come from two libraries, that of R'Lene Dahlberg, widow of the writer Edward Dahlberg and friend of many authors, and that of one of the original Beats, Herbert Huncke. Drug addict, petty thief, and sub-culture icon, Huncke introduced William Burroughs to heroin, and Burroughs introduced him to his friends, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Huncke appeared as a character, sometimes under his own name, in ON THE ROAD (Elmo Hassel), as well as three other books by Kerouac, HOWL, JUNKIE (Herbert), and GO (Ancke). It was Huncke who introduced Kerouac to the term "beat," which Kerouac would later use to describe his generation to John Clellon Holmes. Kerouac called Huncke "the greatest storyteller I know." In his last few years, Huncke lived in the Chelsea Hotel, where his rent came from financial support from Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, whom Huncke never met. We hope you enjoy browsing these amazing Beat relics. Our summer catalog will consist of manuscript material and archives, including Paul Bowles and Amiri Baraka.
We post new virtual catalogs on our home page every 3 or 4 months usually with some theme in mind. Past catalogs have centered around individual authors (Auden, Frost, Shaw, etc.) or subject matters (Manuscripts, 19th Century American & British Literature, Hand-Colored Plate Books, etc.). Once or twice a year, the catalog is a medley of finer, scarcer items including early printed books, fine bindings, hand-colored plate books, travel & exploration, and association copies. In addition we frequently update the site with new arrivals in a variety of fields.
We hope you will visit us frequently to find items in your areas of collecting. We will certainly be working hard to come up with the unusual and desirable books and autographs that many have become accustomed to seeing from us.