Signed and hand-colored by the author
Patchen, Kenneth. North Carolina: Jonathan Williams, 1958. Limited edition, hand-numbered 37 of 75 copies. Hardcover. Unpaginated. 8vo. Very good+ condition.
A true rarity, and one of only 75 limited edition “painted” copies signed by Patchen. Expressively rendered exterior in pastels, as well as painted rear endpapers, where the poet’s large signature appears. Chipped edges, with the boards exposed in spots. Offsetting to the front endpapers, but else quite near fine.
Kenneth Patchen (December 13, 1911 – January 8, 1972) was an American poet and novelist. He experimented with different forms of writing and incorporated painting, drawing, and jazz music into his works, which have been compared with those of William Blake and Walt Whitman. Patchen’s biographer wrote that he “developed in his fabulous fables, love poems, and picture poems a deep yet modern mythology that conveys a sense of compassionate wonder amidst the world’s violence.” Along with his friend and peer Kenneth Rexroth, he was a central influence on the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat Generation.