Lot 638: Unique pairing of manuscripts for 'Contest of Bards,' consisting of photocopies of his original typescript draft and the printer's proof bound together in a red folder, both signed and inscribed in fountain pen to his longtime partner Peter Orlovsky. The cover sheet for the typescript is signed and inscribed, "Xerox second typing, for Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, Feb 7, 1978." The typescript was copiously notated and revised prior to producing this copy, but this draft does have a few additional original pencil and ballpoint edits and corrections in Ginsberg's hand. Following the typescript is a similar copy of the printer's proof, signed and inscribed opposite the first page, "Contest of Bards, Second Typing & Inserts, Xerox of Proofs & Inserts, For Peter Orlovsky, Feb 7, 1978, Allen Ginsberg," and is signed and inscribed again on the first page, "For Peter Orlovsky, Feb 7, 1978, Allen Ginsberg." In overall fine condition. After meeting in 1954, Ginsberg and Orlovsky began a lifelong public relationship that helped inspire Ginsberg's famous 'Howl.' These manuscripts present not only an intimate personal association but offer significant insight into Ginsberg's creative process.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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