San Francisco: City Lights, 1974. 1st US Edition. Oblong octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, pink pictorial paper stock, printed in purple.
Signed first US edition of leading Beat icon Allen Ginsberg’s peripatetic verse. The long-form poem was an integral section of his ambitious The Fall of America: Poems of These States, an award-winning sequence of his most overtly political poems, chronicling his encounters and observations of a nation in dissolution. Written while traveling by train from San Francisco to Chicago, Ginsberg’s observations subtly subvert and salute his admired American forebears Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams, who also wrote in the "urban pastoral" tradition. Published here by Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books, the work was originally published one year prior in Canada. Signed by Ginsberg on the title-page, dated 5/23/94, and with his monogram. Illustrated with assorted train-related graphics in purple. One line crossed out in black ink on p.18 (possibly by Ginsberg). Offsetting from inscription to verso of upper wrap, light dampstaining to verso of lower wrap, light edgewear. Very good. Item #3078