New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1973. 5th Printing. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in black.
Early printing of singer and poet Smith's early collection of poems, signed by her on the upper wrap: "These ravings, observations, etc. come from one who, beyond/vows, is without mother, gender, or country. who attempts to/bleed from the word a system..." At the time of the collection's publication, a year before The Patti Smith Group was formed, Smith was writing and performing her poetry at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, acting in plays with or by Sam Shepard, Jackie Curtis, and Tony Ingrassia, and contributing album reviews to Rolling Stone and Creem. Witt was published by the legendary New York bookshop Gotham Book Mart, which operated from 1920 to 2006, and hosted Smith's first exhibition of drawings the same year. Photo of Smith to upper wrap by Robert Mapplethorpe, the perennial companion of her early years in New York, as recounted in her memoir of their friendship, Just Kids. Title-page line drawing by Howard Michels, with whom Smith had a brief relationship during a period of estrangement from Mapplethorpe. Light soiling to wraps, with a few faint stains to lower wrap. Near fine. Item #403