1984 · San Francisco
by Everson, William; Killion, Tom (Illustrations)
San Francisco: Adrian Wilson, 1984. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Killion, Tom. One of 226 copies, elephant folio size, 25 pp., signed by William Everson, Tom Killion, and Adrian Wilson, with prospectus and order form. William Everson (1912-1994), also known as Brother Antoninus, a name he adopted during his sixteen years serving as a Dominican monk, is considered an essential force of the San Francisco literary Renaissance that would become the Beat movement. Everson's poetry is deeply autobiographical and inspired by the California landscape; he is known for his observations of both the beauty and violence of the natural world as it clashes with man's progress. "In Medias Res" is the first canto of an autobiographical poem, printed by Adrian Wilson (1923-1988), who ran The Press in Tuscany Alley and, although he and Everson had kept in "close printerly contact" as they both worked as printers in the San Francisco Bay Area, this publication is their first full collaboration (n. b., quote from Everson's Note in the book). This volume contains woodcuts by American artist and author Tom Killion (b. 1953), whose illustrations display exquisite detail of line and shape; Killion learned printmaking and bookbinding from Jack Stauffacher of the Greenwood Press, another prominent printer in the Bay Area. ___DESCRIPTION: Quarter blue leather with natural linen boards, leather inset with gilt illustration of a snake on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, all edges uncut, frontispiece a woodcut by Tom Killion, title page in blue and black, woodcut of a snake biting its own tail by Tom Killion on the fist page of Canto One; Centaur and Arrighi types, handmade paper by Barcham Green & Company, elephant folio size (16" by 10.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-24 [1 colophon], one of 226 copies, unnumbered, signed by William Everson, Tom Killion, and Adrian Wilson on the colophon. Loosely laid in are the prospectus, one sheet folded once with a horizontal crease, and order form for the book. ___CONDITION: Overall a fine copy; the leather shelfback and only smooth and supple, the linen covers clean, the corners unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; top corners are gently bumped, else fine. The prospectus and order form are fine, clean and without wear. ___POSTAGE: Please note that due to size additional postage may apply; please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
(Inventory #: 19031215)