June 2012 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Tomberg Rare Books

Catalogue Review: Tomberg Rare Books, #1

Screen shot 2012-06-07 at 8.28.18 PM.pngIt is always a pleasure to review a bookseller's first catalogue, and this one, just issued by Tomberg Rare Books, is no different. The Connecticut-based bookseller specializes in little magazines, the mimeograph revolution, Beat poetry, artists' books, art, and ephemera.

A selection of William Burroughs includes a signed catalogue from Atticus Books listing 360 items for sale with a foreword by Burroughs on "The Future of the Novel" ($400) and the very cool Burroughs cut-up of the Nov. 30, 1962 Time magazine cover ($400). That issue contained a negative review of Naked Lunch, and Burroughs lashed back with this "part parody and part critique."

A complete set (four volumes) of City Lights Journal is a nice find ($120) for collectors of Burroughs, Ginsberg, Corso, Snyder, etc. Too much San Fran? The "overseas wing of the New York School" is represented in a complete set of Locus Solus ($320).

Here are some other names you'll encounter in this stand-out debut catalogue: Timothy Leary, Bob Dylan, Ezra Pound, & Hunter Thompson.   

My favorite? The Complete Press Kit for 'Fugs' Cross Country Vietnam Protest Caravan -- actually, a two-page handbill -- but what a great piece ($450). And this one comes from the collection of Ralph J. Gleason, San Francisco Chronicle music editor & co-founder of Rolling Stone.

Check out the full catalogue in PDF here
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