A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Illustrated with Portraiture by R. B. Kitaj
Arion Press, 2005, Signed Limited Edition, 246 of 300
Signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and R.B. Kitaj
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “A Coney Island of the Mind” published by the Arion Press in 2005 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 246. From the publisher, “In 1958 a collection of poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti appeared under the title A Coney Island of the Mind, published by New Directions. The book immediately found a large audience, drawn to the poetry for its refreshing liberality, unconventionality, and humor. It continues to be the most popular book of poetry in the United States. Arion Press presents in this special edition the first section of that book, the sequence of twenty-nine poems called "A Coney Island of the Mind". The artist R. B. Kitaj has made two drawings in charcoal on handmade paper, one a portrait of the poet in profile that serves as the frontispiece, the other a portrayal of the poet on a plummeting rollercoaster, his hair and beard flying, observed by an all-seeing eye, that is printed on the cover. These affectionate tributes by Kitaj join the Arion Press in honoring Lawrence Ferlinghetti with a definitive setting of his most famous poems.”
The book measures 16” x 10” and is bound in illustrated boards with a brown cloth spine and paper sides, and is housed in a slipcase. The layout of the pages is generous for the presentation of the poetry. The scale of the pages and care in hand composition has allowed for refinements to the typography and placement of lines in Ferlinghetti's "open field" style. With the cooperation of the poet Arion Press has achieved a distinct improvement to the text over the restrictive settings found in the trade editions. The text was printed by letterpress. The prints were scanned from the original drawings and printed on an Epson 4000. The paper is mouldmade Hahnemühle Bugra, its color and texture similar to the handmade paper of Kitaj's drawings.
The book is signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and R.B. Kitaj. Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
Stock photographs of the book, R.B. Kitaj’s illustrations, and the front cover of the prospectus 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."