New York: Carp & Whitefish, 1967. First edition. 3 1/2 x 6 5/16" card, offset lithograph, reproducing a work by William Heine at recto, and publication information at verso.
The announcement for the first book published under the C & W imprint, which was created by Irving Rosenthal in his New York days, and was the fore-runner for his later work in San Francisco with the Free Print Shop - heir to the utopian projects of the Diggers and the Communication Company. Rosenthal planned to distribute the book to poetry bookshops in town, but, daunted by the lack of interest, got a peddlar's license and resolved to sell the book on the street. However, the second book published under the imprint, Whalen's Invention of the Letter, consumed Rosenthal's remaining time in New York, and this beautifully conceived book largely disappeared. This prospectus, which reproduces a work by Heine which was not included in the final assemblage, is scarcer.
Fine. Item #26487