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Culompton: Beau Geste Press, 1973

8vo, unpaginated [pp. 66]. Original illustrated and variegated stiff paper wrappers, lettered in red to spine. Loss to foot of spine, wrappers marked, faded and rubbed, and with a cup ring to front panel. Title page spotted.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY EHRENBERG TO HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS: 'Dear Heathcote -- Please try to have the best of years -- this '74'.

The Beau Geste Press was active in the early to mid-1970s, and was founded and run by Martha Hellion, David Mayor and Felipe Ehrenberg from Langford Court in Culompton, South Devon. One of the most influential independent artists' presses of the 1970s, Beau Geste described itself in its books' preambles as 'a community of duplicators, printers and artisans.' This volume 'was printed on waste wrapping paper and bound in used corrugated cardboard. It includes fragments of letters, newspaper clippings, journal entries, photographs of Ehrenberg's family, poems and drawings. The book reflects the press's interest in using cheap and readily available materials, as well as its concern with the body and everyday life.' (Donna Conwell, Beau Geste Press (Getty Research Journal No. 2, University of Chicago Press, 2010)).

At the time of the publication of Pussywillow, the poet, artist and activist Heathcote Williams was recovering from a period of mental instability brought about in part by the bitter break-up from his then girlfriend, Jean Shrimpton. Recently emerged from a long convalescence, Ehrenberg's inscription is a touching one.

Very scarce, and with an excellent association.

Keywords: Felipe EHRENBERG Heathcote WILLIAMS"

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