Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1973-1978. 72 issues. 8vo. FIRST EDITIONS. Each issue in the original printed wrapper, printed in red and black. Many are signed; all are in spectacular condition. Item #17360
First edition of each issue of Sparrow, the journal published by Black Sparrow Press. Sparrow featured poetry and shorter stories by many of the writers published under the Black Sparrow Press imprint, including Charles Bukowski, Robert Kelly Sherril Jaffe, Joyce Carol Oates, Clayton Eshleman, William Everson, and Diane Wakoski, to name but a few.
There are a few duplicates, including Sparrow I, the first issue featuring The pastorals by Robert Kelly (the duplicate is a second printing which is signed by Kelly and, of interest, was printed only in black); duplicates of Sparrow 2, 12, 15, 18, 20, 34, 47, 53, 57, and 65 (a few with two duplicates).
A number of the issues are signed by the author whose work is featured, including Clayton Eshleman (Sparrow 2, 18, 23, 34, 47, 57 and 65); Diane Wakoski (Sparrow 3 and 31); Michael Palmer (Sparrow 11); Michael McClure (Sparrow 16); Charles Bukowski (Sparrow 30); Mohammed Mrabet and the translator Paul Bowles (Sparrow 37); and Robert Creeley (Sparrow 40).