This checklist is only a partial record of the exhibition. All materials listed are from the holdings of the Rare Book Collection. Most are from the Allen Ginsberg materials acquired from Bill Morgan, presently being cataloged and placed with other related materials in the Bill Morgan Collection of Beat Literature. Other items displayed, specifically identified in the checklist, are either from the Grove Press Collection or the general holdings of the Rare Book Collection. The Morgan numbers following many of the entries are from Bill Morgan's two volume bibliography, The Works of Allen Ginsberg, 1941-1994: A Descriptive Bibliography and The Response to Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1994: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995, 1997). Numbers preceded by letters A through G are in the first volume; numbers preceded by the letter H or higher are in the second volume.
Early Life and Writings
1. Allen Ginsberg. "A Night in the Village." Columbia Jester 43, no. 6 (May 1944): 2. Morgan C6. The earliest printing of Ginsberg's work in the collection.
2. Allen Ginsberg. "Perspective in Cézanne and Seurat." Final examination essay for a course taught at Columbia University by Professor Meyer Shapiro. Holograph manuscript, eighteen pages in two "blue books." Undated (ca. mid-1940s). Ginsberg received a grade of B for the exam.
3. Allen Ginsberg. "Boba's Birthday." Columbia Review 26, no. 5 (May 1946): 138-40. Morgan C17. A short prose piece, one of many published during Ginsberg's Columbia years, when he was assistant editor of this student literary review.
4. Allen Ginsberg. "Dakar Doldrums." Columbia Review 28, no. 4 (May/June 1948): 3-9. Morgan C27. This poem shared the Boar's Head Poetry First Prize with another student poem.
5. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. "Song: Fie My Fum." Neurotica, no. 6 (Spring 1950): 44. Morgan C29.
6. William Carlos Williams. Paterson: Book Four. New York: New Directions, 1951. First edition. Morgan B1. Contains two anonymous letters from Ginsberg to Williams.
7. Allen Ginsberg. [Poems.] Typed manuscript, four pages, with some holograph corrections, . An accompanying note in Ginsberg's hand reads: "This is the first attempt at transformation of notes in early 1951."
8. Allen Ginsberg. "The Bricklayer's Lunch Hour." New Directions in Prose and Poetry, no. 14 (1953): 342. Morgan C35.
9. Allen Ginsberg. Empty Mirror: Early Poems. New York: Totem Press; Corinth Books, 1961. First edition. This copy is signed by the author. Morgan A5.a1.1.
10. Allen Ginsberg. Gates of Wrath: Rhymed Poems, 1948-1952. Bolinas, Calif.: Grey Fox Press, 1972. First edition. This copy contains a printed note to reviewers laid in. Morgan A28.a1.1.
Howl: Publication and Censorship Trial
11. Allen Ginsberg. Howl for Carl Solomon. [San Francisco: s.n., 1956.] The original mimeographed edition of Ginsberg's poem. One of an estimated twenty-five copies, typed by Robert Creeley and run off on a mimeograph machine by Martha Rexroth, wife of the poet Kenneth Rexroth. Morgan A1.a1. Displayed with a second copy, produced around 1970 by the Gotham Book Mart from the original stencils and marked with a Gotham stamp at the bottom of the title page. Morgan A1.a2.
12. Allen Ginsberg. Siesta in Xbalba. [Alaska: Printed by the author, 1956.] This first edition, in mimeograph form, was produced by Ginsberg himself on board a merchant ship off the coast of Alaska. Ginsberg later recalled that fifty-two copies were produced for free distribution to friends. Morgan A2.
14. J. W. Ehrlich. Howl of the Censor. San Carlos, Calif.: Nourse Publishing Co., 1961. First edition. From the General Holdings of the Rare Book Collection.
16. Donald Allen, ed. The New American Poetry, 1945-1960. New York: Grove Press, . First edition. The earliest anthologized text of "Howl" as well as excerpts taken from "Kaddish." Morgan B10.a1. From the Grove Press Collection.
17. Allen Ginsberg. To Eberhart from Ginsberg. Lincoln, Mass.: Penmaen Press, 1976. Hardcover, limited issue of the first edition. One of 338 copies printed. This copy is initialed "RM" and is signed by both Ginsberg and Eberhart. Morgan A34.a1.
18. Allen Ginsberg. Moloch. Lincoln, Mass.: Penmaen Press, 1978. Broadside with illustration by Lynd Ward. This is one of 300 copies signed by the poet and the artist. The text is Part 2 of Ginsberg's "Howl." Morgan AA26.a1.
19. Allen Ginsberg. Howl for Carl Solomon. San Francisco: Grabhorn-Hoyem, 1971. With a cover design by Robert Lavigne. Limited edition of 275 copies, signed by the author on the title page. This copy was elaborately inscribed by the author to his friend Peter Orlovsky. Morgan A21.a1.
20. Allen Ginsberg. Howl for Carl Solomon. [Offenbach am Main, Germany: Hochschule für Gestaltung, 1991.] This copy was inscribed to Bill Morgan by the author. Morgan A56. This was one of fifty copies produced as part of a student project; only a few copies were placed on sale to cover production costs.
Publication of Kaddish
21. Allen Ginsberg. "Kaddish [Part 1]." Big Table 1, no. 2 (Summer 1959): 19-23; [and] "From Kaddish." Yugen, no. 5 ([August 20], 1959): 2-4. Two of the earliest periodical appearances of parts of "Kaddish." Morgan C89 and C98.
22. Allen Ginsberg. Kaddish, and Other Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1961. First edition. This copy is inscribed by the author to African American artist Bob Thompson. The inscription is dated April 29, 1961, with the address of the so-called Beat Hotel in Paris. Morgan A4.a1.1.
24. Allen Ginsberg. Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg, 1894-1956 . . . with Two Other Related Poems: White Shroud and Black Shroud. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1992. With an introduction by Helen Vendler and lithograph portraits of the poet and his mother by R. B. Kitaj. Copy C of 26 lettered copies in an edition of 226 copies. Signed by the author and the artist. Morgan A59.
The Middle Years: 1961-1984
25. Allen Ginsberg. Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963. First edition, first printing. Morgan A6.a1.1.
26. Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. The Yage Letters. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963. First edition. Morgan B22.a1.
27. Allen Ginsberg. A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1963. With a woodcut by Robert LaVigne. One of 300 copies produced. This copy signed by the author and the artist. Allen Ginsberg's first broadside publication. The Rare Book Collection has a second copy in a portfolio of eight broadsides with a label carrying the collective title, "San Francisco Arts Festival. A Poetry Folio." Morgan AA1.
28. Allen Ginsberg. The Change. [London:] Writer's Forum, 1963. First edition. Both the first and the later, corrected states are shown. Morgan A7.a1 and A7.a2.
29. Allen Ginsberg. Kral Majales. [Berkeley, Calif.:] Oyez, . First edition. Broadside, illustrated by Robert LaVigne. One of 350 copies. Morgan AA3.
30. Allen Ginsberg. Wichita Vortex Sutra. [London: Peace News, 1966.] First edition. Morgan A8.a1.
31. Allen Ginsberg. T. V. Baby Poems. [London:] Cape Goliard Press, . First edition, in hardcover. Number 58 of 100 copies signed by the author. This copy was separately inscribed for Bill Morgan. Morgan A10.a1.
32. Allen Ginsberg. Wales, a Visitation. London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968. The "hors commerce" first edition. Morgan A13.a1. A copy of the third edition (1979), also in the collection, is inscribed by Ginsberg "to Peter Orlovsky / souvenirs of LSD."
33. Allen Ginsberg. Ankor Wat. London: Fulcrum Press, . With photographs by Alexandra Lawrence. First edition. Number 82 of 100 copies published, signed by the author. Morgan A14.a1.
34. Allen Ginsberg. Planet News: 1961-1967. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1968. First edition, first printing. Morgan A15.a1.1.
35. Allen Ginsberg. Indian Journals, March 1962-May 1963. San Francisco: Dave Haselwood Books / City Lights Books, 1970. First edition, paperback issue. Morgan A19.a2.1. Peter Orlovsky's copy with his notations at the end.
36. Allen Ginsberg. New Year Blues. New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1972. First edition. One of 150 copies printed. This copy is lettered "O" and is inscribed by the author to Gregory Corso. Morgan A24.
37. Allen Ginsberg. The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965-1971. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1972. First edition. Shown are copies with both the white and the black paper wrappers. Morgan A26.a1.1a and A26.a1.1b.
38. Allen Ginsberg. Allen Verbatim: Lectures on Poetry, Politics, Consciousness. Edited by Gordon Ball. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974. First edition, hardcover issue. This copy inscribed to Bill Morgan by the editor. Morgan A31.a1.
39. Allen Ginsberg. Chicago Trial Testimony. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1975. First edition. The first number in the City Lights Trashcan of History Series. Morgan J2207.
40. Allen Ginsberg. Journals: Early Fifties-Early Sixties. Edited by Gordon Ball. New York: Grove Press, 1977. First edition, hardcover issue. This copy was inscribed to Bill Morgan by the editor. Morgan A35.a1.1.
41. Allen Ginsberg. Mind Breaths: Poems, 1972-1977. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1978. First edition, hardcover issue. Morgan A37.a1.
42. Allen Ginsberg. Old Pond Song. Cambridge, Mass.: Firefly Press, . Number 22 of 50 copies, signed by the author. Introduction by Elsa Dorfman; photographs by Rosalie Post. With an additional photograph of Ginsberg, signed by Dorfman, tipped in at the end. Morgan A42.
43. Allen Ginsberg. Plutonian Ode: Poems, 1977-1980. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1982. Pocket Poets Series, no. 40. First edition. Number 29 of 150 copies of the hardcover issue, signed by Ginsberg. The author has also made a minor correction in his own hand to page 30. Morgan A45.a1.
44. Allen Ginsberg. White Shroud. Madras, India: Kalakshetra Publications Press, 1984. First edition. Illustrated by Francesco Clemente. Copy 1 of 1,111 numbered copies. This copy carries an inscription from the author to Bill Morgan. The book was published on the occasion of an exhibition of Clemente at the Kunsthalle in Basel, Switzerland. Morgan A47.
The Later Years: 1985-1997
47. Bill Morgan and Bob Rosenthal, eds. Best Minds: A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg. New York: Lospecchio Press, 1986. Copy A of 26 lettered copies, signed by the editors. With a holograph captioned self-portrait photograph by Allen Ginsberg. Morgan B179.a1 and D39.
48. Allen Ginsberg. Honorable Courtship: From the Author's Journals, January 1-15, 1955. [San Francisco]: Coffee House Press, 1993. Edited by Gordon Ball. With wood engravings by Dean Bornstein. Number 23 of 200 copies, signed by the author. Morgan A62.
50. Ann Condo, ed. AH, Allen. New York: A/C Editions, 1998. First edition, number 19 of 55 artist's proof copies, signed by all forty-three of the living artists, musicians, and writers who contributed to this commemorative volume, issued the year after Ginsberg's death.
Ginsberg as Photographer
52. Allen Ginsberg. Fotografier, 1947-87. Arhus, Denmark: Klim, 1987. First edition. Forty-seven photographs by Ginsberg, also reproducing the accompanying holograph captions of the poet. Morgan A52.
53. Allen Ginsberg. Reality Sandwiches. Berlin: Verlag Dirk Nishen, 1989. Seventy-two photographs and accompanying captions by Ginsberg and a text by Michael Köhler. Morgan A43.a1. Shown here with the 1993 American edition (issued as Snapshot Poetics [San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1993]). Morgan A43.b1.
54. Allen Ginsberg. Allen Ginsberg: Photographs. Altadena, Calif.: Twelvetrees Press, 1991. First edition, signed and limited issue.Morgan A55.a1.
Individual Photographs by Allen Ginsberg, Most with Holograph Captions
55. William Burroughs and Alene Lee sitting in the window of Ginsberg's East 7th Street apartment in Manhattan. Fall 1953. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
56. William Burroughs during a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Fall 1953. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
57. William Burroughs looking at a larger-than-life plywood cutout of himself in his youth. March 12, 1992. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
58. Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson kissing in front of a theater on Market Street in San Francisco in 1955. The theater behind them is showing Marlon Brando's The Wild One. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
59. Neal Cassady with a salesman in a used car lot in San Francisco. March 1955. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
60. Neal Cassady with Bob Donlon (to his left) and Peter Orlovsky, Robert LaVigne, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (to his right). They are standing in front of Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookstore in 1955. With holograph caption by Ginsberg. [A companion photograph, also in the collection, has Ginsberg himself in the photograph and was taken by Orlovsky.]
61. Portrait of Lucien Carr. New York, December 2, 1986. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
62. Portrait of Gregory Corso. New York, March 13, 1995. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
63. Portrait of Herbert Huncke. New York, May 18, 1993. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
64. Jack Kerouac across from Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Fall 1953. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
65. Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs in Ginsberg's East 7th Street apartment in Manhattan. Fall 1953. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
66. Jack Kerouac in Tangier, Morocco, near the apartment of William Burroughs. March 1957. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
67. Jack Kerouac on his last visit to Ginsberg's 704 East 5th Street apartment in Manhattan. 1964. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
68. Peter Orlovsky and his brother Lafcadio (age 15) in San Francisco. Summer 1956. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
69. Peter Orlovsky and photographer Robert Frank on East 12th Street in Manhattan. June 11, 1965. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
70. Carl Solomon fishing under City Island Bridge in New York. Summer 1983. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.
71. Harry Smith pouring a glass of milk in Ginsberg's apartment. New York, January 12, 1985. With holograph caption by Ginsberg.