London: The Curiously Strong, 1971. First edition. 4to, unpaginated, mimeographed from typescript in blue ink on rectos only, and side-stapled in printed covers. According to Ahearn, one of only 200 copies issued.
The very rare first book by Peter Ackroyd, published as The curiously strong, v. 4, no. 2, Oct. 31, 1971. The series was edited by Ian Patterson, and was distributed by Fred Buck in the U.S., out of Gloucester. Though not marked as such, this copy belonged to Gloucester poet Gerrit Lansing.
Ackroyd of course would become the famous biographer of the city of London, and these early poems are suffused with the light of the city - a remarkable work. This first book is so scarce that his second, London Lickpenny, is sometimes erroneously cited as his first.
OCLC locates only four holdings, and this is the first copy we've seen for 15 years.
Very good with some faint creasing and a small abrasion to foot of front wrap. Item #28331