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AUCTION 22

 


Another Declaration of Independence


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206.     [GINSBERG, Allen]. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA PROSE POETS’ PHALANX. Declaration of Independence for Dr. Timothy Leary July 4, 1971. Model Statement in Defense of the Philosophers Personal Freedom Proposed by San Francisco Bay Area Prose Poets’ Phalanx. [Colophon] Printed on recycled paper-July 1971—Hermes Free Press San Francisco. [8] pp. 8vo (22 x 14.7 cm). Leaflet, printed in black on grey paper. Pristine condition.

     First edition, limited edition. Morgan E62c. No limitation is stated, but no more than 250 copies were printed for private distribution to members of the American PEN Club and the signers listed on the last page. Signers include Allen Ginsberg, Andrew Hoyem, Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane de Prima, Laura Huxley, Ted Berrigan, and others. NB: These are printed names, not original signatures.

     Ginsberg, a staunch supporter and friend of Leary through the cultural wars of the ’60s, wrote what amounts to a manifesto for freedom of speech rights, which he contends were the real reason for Leary’s thirty-year prison sentence for a miniscule amount of Cannabis sativa. This polemic succeeded in gaining the support of PEN and securing the release of Leary from a prison in Switzerland, from which President Richard Nixon had ordered his extradition for prison escape.

($250-500)

Sold. Hammer: $250.00; Price Realized: $300.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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