Np: nd [c. early 1960's]. Narrow 4to, 500 pp, lined ledger journal, most pages covered in a dense holograph in pencil and ink, illustrated with occasional drawings and diagrams.
A trip book / manuscript from the Lower East Side bohemian scene in the 1960’s, from a writer associated with the circle of Lionel Ziprin. A sentence written inside the inside front cover states “If found please return c/o Kupferberg”, with Tuli Kupferberg’s East 10th street address. Also on that page is a note written to Carl, in a calligraphic hand similar to that of Jack Hirschman or perhaps Lionel Ziprin. Forsberg’s hand appears to vary from passage to passage, but there are also short passages interspersed which are definitely the work of other, unattributed figures, suggesting that parts of the book may have been done in collaboration with other members of the scene.
The manuscript is an unusual hybrid of fiction, trip book, anthropological work, and occult, magincal and shamanic theoretical text. The earliest character to appear is Crispin Jones, an African-American musician from New Orleans. Assorted other ephemera is laid in, including the business card for R. Conrad Rooks. There is a striking full page drawing within of June Vegas.
Battered, with several pages detached but present. The binding is cracked between pages 2 and 3, but holding. Item #26644