n.p. . Limited Edition. No binding. One of 150 signed/numbered copies (plus an unknown quantity of unsigned copies), this no. 113 of 150, signed by both Ferlinghetti and Kamstra. Fine. Item #19040705
This broadside announces a poetry reading featuring renowned poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) and artist and writer Jerry Kamstra (b. 1935) at the Catalyst, a landmark nightclub in Santa Cruz; the poster is designed by Kamstra, who is also a fixture of Santa Cruz culture, organising the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival in 1972 and promoting the work of Beat writers. Ferlinghetti, a prominent poet in the San Francisco Renaissance, started the bookstore and publisher City Lights in San Francisco, and had a vital influence on the Beat poets.
The poster is in the quintessential 1970s style, showing a kneeling woman, crowned with flowers and holding a garland of the same, with a bluebird poised as though to take flight behind her. The artwork by Kamstra and Rice (whom we were unable to trace) features small, hand-coloured areas of blue, and is a gorgeous commemoration for an inspired event of poetry and literature.
Note that we are dating the poster 1977 based on an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel date March 4, 1977, announcing that Jerry Kamstra and Lawrence Ferlinghetti would be appearing at the Catalyst that Sunday (the date on the poster).
___DESCRIPTION: Broadside printed in purple, yellow, and black, with hand-colouring in blue; 25" by 12", the image being 22.25" by 11", one of 150 signed and numbered copies (plus an unknown quantity of unsigned copies), this number 114, signed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jerry Kamstra below the image.
___CONDITION: Fine, clean and without wear.
___POSTAGE: Please note that the poster will be shipped rolled in a cardboard tube; if you would like it shipped flat, additional postage will apply, please inquire for details. International customers, also please note that additional postage may apply, inquire if you would like an estimate prior to ordering.
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