Lans-en-Vercors, France: Locus Solus, (1961). Small octavo, measuring 7.25 x 4.75 inches: 294, . Original blue printed wrappers. Signed by John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, LeRoi Jones (as Amiri Baraka, dated 1978), Kenneth Koch, Daniel Krakauer (inscribed “To Richard”), and Larry Rivers at their contributions. Wrappers sunned, lightest edgewear, a few scattered stains to top edge.
Winter 1962 double issue of Locus Solus, dedicated to new poetry, signed by issue editor John Ashbery and five other contributors: Kenward Elmslie, LeRoi Jones (as Amiri Baraka), Kenneth Koch, Daniel Krakauer, and Larry Rivers. Other contributors include Diane Di Prima, Barbara Guest, Gerard Malanga, James Merrill, and Frank O’Hara. Published in France, but really produced below 14th Street in Manhattan, Locus Solus had an outsized impact on American poetry during its two-year run: “Each squat and plain issue looked like the serious literature of the French, a toned-down Gallimard volume perhaps” (Clay and Phillips, A Secret Location on the Lower East Side). A very good example, signed by six New York poets.