Howl: Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions.
Edited by Barry Miles.
NY: Harper & Row, . 4to. Hardbound in dust jacket. First edition. Superb presentation copy inscribed by Ginsberg with a drawing to his old friend, Ed White: "Allen Ginsberg for Ed White in Janne's presence 7/15/95 Naropa Institute Boulder Colorado." Opposite the inscription Ginsberg has done a drawing of a snake eating it's tail with stars and a crescent moon surrounding the snake. Ed White was a fellow Columbia University undergraduate in the '40s where he met Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and was an influence on their spontaneous prose style when he suggested to Kerouac: "Why don't you just sketch in the street, like a painter but with words." Later, Ed White appeared as the character Tim Gray in On the Road. An important association copy to a friend who dates from the incipient stages of the Beat Generation. Fine.