EPHEMERIS (Originally CASSIOPEIA)

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Nos 1-3 (all publ.). San Francisco, Cranium Prerss, ca.1960's
Size (h/w): 27,9 x 21,6 cm. No. 3 in tabloid format. Original illustrated wrappers. No. 1-2 stapled together in left upper corner. Near fine.
TOGETHER WITH
Cassiopeia 1 (I; 1967) New York: Lewis Ellingham, 1967. 1st edition. Soft cover. Very Good/No Jacket (as issued). 8vo, 20pp, printed wrappers. Unmarked copy, a bit of staining and wear to covers.
Poetry magagazine from the 70's with contributions by Olson, Hoyem, Bromige, Kyger, Persky, Moore, Wieners a.o. Edited by David Schaff. Artwork in no. 3 by Robert La Vigne, Daniel Moore.
Ephemeris provides some insight into the magazine scene that developed in and around Jack Spicer’s San
Francisco. Throughout all three issues, poems are dedicated to Spicer and written in the Spicerian manner. Poets who played in Spicer’s shadows, like Ellingham, Persky and Stanley, are represented throughout its pages, as is Frank O’Hara, Ebbe Borregaard, Joanne Kyger, and Charles Olson.
Ephemeris II features a map on the cover and Issue one has an astrological chart. The magazine is truly a chart and a map of late 1960s San Francisco and the vestiges of the Spicer Circle (Birmingham). For example, Ephemeris features several advertisements for what is now a lost book culture: Serendipity and Dave Haselwood Books for example. The third issue switches to a newspaper format with pieces on Merlin, the Birth of Venus and the Apocalypse accompanied by numerous illustrations and drawings by Robert LaVigne and Daniel Moore.

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