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A collection of approximately 120 publications by Jonathan Williams (75) and his independent press the Jargon Society (45) from the library of Herb Liebowitz, poet, critic and publisher of Parnassus magazine. ARCHIVES, COLLECTIONS, Jonathan WILLIAMS, the Jargon Society.

A collection of approximately 120 publications by Jonathan Williams (75) and his independent press the Jargon Society (45) from the library of Herb Liebowitz, poet, critic and publisher of Parnassus magazine.

Jargon Society. Most of the books are in very good condition. A majority of Williams’s books and pamphlets are inscribed to Herbert Liebowitz, publisher and editor of Parnassus, and many of the publications by the Jargon Society are also inscribed by their authors. Among the latter are books by Bill Anthony, Jeffrey Beam, Lyle Bonge, Richard Emil Braun, James Broughton, Bob Brown, Thomas A. Clark, Robert Creeley, Simon Cutts, Guy Davenport, Robert Duncan, Russell Edson, Ross Feld, Buckminster Fuller, Alfred Starr Hamilton, Lou Harrison, Peyton Houston, Ronald Johnson, Irving Layton, Elizabeth Matheson, Michael McClure, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Paul Metcalf (five books inscribed to Liebowitz), Thomas Meyer, Ernest Matthew Mickler, Henry Miller, Lorine Niedecker, Harold Norse, Joel Oppenheimer, Kenneth Patchen, Tom Patterson, Gilbert Sorrentino, David Spear, Douglas Woolf, Peter Yates, and Louis Zukofsky. There are a few unusual bibliographical variants (or oddities) in the collection: a copy of the Author’s Edition of Joel Oppenheimer’s The Dutiful Son (1956), one of 30 copies with a special lithographed cover by Joseph Fiore; however, this copy is not signed by either author or artist; and a copy of Kenneth Patchen’s Fables (1953), one of the rare Author’s Edition, limited to 50 copies with hand-painted covers by Patchen; however, this copy is not signed. A list is available.

Price: $15,000.00