First edition, first printing. Signed and inscribed presentation copy. Original red cloth lettered in silver to the spine, in the dustwrapper designed by Ellen Gongora. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout. The spine tips are a little bumped, the corners and tips a touch rubbed. In the dustwrapper, rubbed and nicked to tips and corners. Not price-clipped ($8.95 to the upper edge of the front flap).
Inscribed by Ginsberg in blue ink to the front free endpaper, "For David Vigo / Allen Ginsberg / NY 1976". Vigo (1943-2016) born in Plymouth, was a successful music and arts promoter based in Melbourne who worked with Ginsberg. There is a wonderful 1972 photograph in the archives of the Melbourne Arts Centre showing Vigo and Ginsberg together in Adelaide. 'Allen Verbatim' presents a series of "Cross-country Exchanges, Talks, Lectures, Rhapsodies" given by Ginsberg at the universities in Wyoming California, Kent State, and Wisconsin State during 1971, here carefully transcribed by the poet's friend, the filmmaker and photographer Gordon Ball. (Morgan A31).
Stock code: 23240