THE FLOATING BEAR

A Newsletter.

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Nos. 1-38 (all publ.). New York, 1961-1971. Original issues, stapled in left upper corner or in spine and folded for mailing; 4to; mimeographed. Added: Mailing envelope, a flyer from the editors related to the legal trouble (with No. 9), and an annoucement to subscribers (end of publication, with No. 38). All issues after having gone through the mail in very good condition. TOGETHER WITH another Number 31, June 1965,14 pages. Cover illustration by Jess Collins.: This issue of particular interest as it has been hand-adressed to « William Burroughs 210 Center Street NYC » has been through the mail with affixed postage stamp and mail office cancellation.

EUR 22,000.00

Complete run of originals of this legendary magazine edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones, distributed solely by mailing list, many sent to noted poets, journalists, critics, publishers and artists. For this reason, most copies were hand addressed or affixed with a mailing label and stamp, and folded for mailing. An important showcase for Beat, New York School and other avant-garde writers (McClure, Olson, Levertov, Whalen, Oppenheimer, Ginsberg, Burroughs - a contribution in no. 9 got the editors in trouble with the law- ,Duncan, Metcalf, etc.). From No.28 with cover-illustrations by a.o. Al Leslie (28), G.Herms (29), Jeanne Marlowe (30), Jess (Collins) (31), Robert Branaman (32), Paolo Lionni (33), Michael Bowen (34; left margin a bit stained), Ray Johnson (36), Wallace Berman (37). Last issue published as 'The Intrepid-Bear Issue' (= Intrepid No.20 / Floating Bear No.38; cover art work by Brion Gysin). Most issues have been through the mail with original mailing labels and stamps attached (most went to Tram Coombs, Books in Virgin Islands, No.24 to Eila Kokkinen NYC, No.31 to Tod of Tod Wilentz Bookstore NYC, No.34 to Clayton Eshleman NYC); 16 issues have no mailing labels, some were illustrated and others may have been in combined shipments with an envelope (one example mailing envelope is preserved).
No.24 is a sought after item as it was printed by Soren Angenoux (part of the Warhol scene) as a favour to Di Prima but only distributed in a small number of copies. According to Di Prima Angenoux used the money meant for printing 'for dope.. and managed to mail out only about 200 poorly printed copies'. No.25 is interesting in this regard, it contains a printed remark about the badly printed No.24 ('Soren Angenoux typed, ran off and helped edit issue number 24') as well as an original handwritten text on the rear page saying 'Bear broke again'.
TOGETHER WITH an additional Number 31, June 1965,14 pages. Cover illustration by Jess Collins.: This issue of particular importance as it has been hand-addressed to « William Burroughs 210 Center Street NYC » has been through the mail with postage stamp affixed and mail office stamp.Complete run of this legendary magazine edited by Diane Di Prima and LeRoi Jones, distributed solely by mailing list, many of which were noted poets, journalists, critics, publishers and artists.

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