LA: Press Baza, 1964.
Narrow 4to. Comb-bound with a reproduction of a drawing by Cameron affixed to the front cover. First edition of this collection of "blood" splattered dark poems and ink drawings, with the text reproduced in the author's holograph. Spectacular presentation copy inscribed to collagist, poet, priest, and publisher of this book, Robert Alexander: "For Baza & / the Beginning / Cameron." Cameron was one of the most intriguing people in the LA avant-garde of the '50s and '60s. She was a skilled artist and poet, a performer who appeared in films by Kenneth Anger and others, and a follower of Aleister Crowley. Wallace Berman used her photograph on the cover of the first issue of Semina, and included in that issue the 1954 drawing that she made during her first peyote experience. The drawing became infamous as the image that the LA police cited as "lewd" and used as the pretext to shut down Berman's 1957 exhibition at the Ferus Gallery. After this experience, Cameron, like Berman, refused to show her art in commercial galeries. Robert Alexander (a.k.a. Baza) met Berman in 1945 when they were both hipster jazz mavens making the rounds of the clubs on Central Avenue. Berman bought a hand-press in 1955 and Alexander, already familiar with the contraption, was invaluable in teaching him to use it on early issues of Semina. A hugely influential presence during this period, Alexander helped birth the Ferus Gallery, later collaborated on the opening of the Dilexi Gallery, and founded The Temple of Man, a publishing outfit and nonsectarian hub for art, jazz, and poetry. An important association copy that links key individuals involved in the early days of the LA avant-garde art scene. A few rings of the comb binding are missing, some occasional light foxing, very good.