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Kaddish by Allen Ginsberg, Art by R.B. Kitaj, Arion Press, 66 of 200



Kaddish, White Shroud, and Black Shroud by Allen Ginsberg

Illustrated with Lithographic Portraits by R.B. Kitaj

Arion Press, 1992, Signed Limited Edition, 66 of 200

Signed by Allen Ginsberg and R.B. Kitaj

Exceptional Condition

This is a signed limited edition of “Kaddish, White Shroud, and Black Shroud” published by the Arion Press in 1992 with a limitation of 200 with this being number 66. From the publisher, "Allen Ginsberg is one of the most celebrated poets in America. The long poem "Kaddish" is considered his masterpiece. It was written in 1961, five years after his poem "Howl" had shocked the literary world and brought Ginsberg and the Beat Movement to prominence. "Kaddish" is dedicated to Ginsberg's mother, Naomi, who died tragically in 1956 in a mental institution. Two other poems, "White Shroud" and "Black Shroud", are included for their further recollections, dreams, and reincarnations of the departed mother. R. B. Kitaj is a highly respected American painter who has long resided in London, where a major retrospective exhibition of his work was mounted at the Tate Gallery in 1994 and toured museums in the United States.”

Measuring 12.5” x 10” and containing 64 pages, the book is bound in two colors of cloth and has a flap enclosing the fore-edge that folds into the front cover. The types are Monotype Imprint and handset Weiss Titling. The lithography was done by Curwen Chilford in Cambridge, England. The paper is English mouldmade T. H. Saunders.

The book is signed by Allen Ginsberg and R.B. Kitaj.

Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book is in FINE condition with no flaws.

A photograph of the book and prospectus as well as a composite photograph of 2 of the illustrations appear in the photo section of the listing.

About the Arion Press

Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."