London: Trigram Press, 1967. 500 copies in purple cloth with illustrated dust jacket. 4to (9 7/8 x 9 in.) with dust jacket. 36 pp. Signed by Piero Heliczer in green marker on the flyleaf. Very good condition, some minor rubbing and shelfwear to the cloth. Purple endpapers are faded along edges. / Very good condition, original dust jacket. Item #ANT108
Piero Heliczer was a filmmaker, poet, artist, and publisher who founded the Dead Language Press in the 1950s. Dead Language Press published Jack Smith’s The Beautiful Book, Gregory Corso and Henk Marsman’s A Pulp Magazine for The Dead Generation, and Angus’ Maclise’s early work Straight Farthest Blood Towards, as well as books by Piero Heliczer himself. Throughout his life Heliczer collaborated with such artists and writers as Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Ira Cohen, Lou Reed, and La Monte Young. In 2014 Granary Books released a volume of his collected poetry. This 1967 publication features a selection of Heliczer’s poetry which includes favorites like Purchase in the White Botanica, and The Death of Stephan Ward, along with illustrations by Andy Warhol, Wallace Berman, Jack Smith, Paul Vaughan, Robert Harding Brown, Augusto Genina, Ferro, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Harold Chapman. Filled with Heliczer’s characteristic long lines of inspired baroque expressionism, as in couplet XIX of Purchase in The White Botanica: “the black whip of the sea spins the world round like a top/ I do not hesitate to leave any more than waking from a dream.” Published by Trigram, one of the great presses of the 1960s, which also released books by artists and poets like Robin Blaser, David Meltzer, Jack Hirschman, Louis Zukofsky, Lorine Niedecker, and Yoko Ono, among others.