Charles Bukowski -- [Ephemera Other]
1966. Bukowski, Charles. HANDBILL. ANNOUNCING LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET BY BUKOWSKI - Together with the Publisher's original mock-up for the book. First Edition. Original broadside, with text and illustrations offset printed in black on beige stock, measuring 14" x 8.5". Offered together with publisher Steve Richmond's original mock-up for the book, for which he repurposed a copy of his own privately-published first book Poems by Steven Richmond (1964). Illustrated card wrappers, stapled, with raised press-on lettering to front wrapper; [iv],23,pp. Inscribed on the preliminary blank to a prominent California bookseller: "To ___ / Thanks this 1-11-82 / Steve Richmond." Light wear and mild handling, with oxidation to staples and some dust-soil to rear wrapper; VERY GOOD. Promotional broadside and mock-up for Letters to a Young Poet, a collection of letters and drawings from Charles Bukowski to Santa Monica poet, publisher, and bookstore owner Steve Richmond (1941-2009). Richmond, who had already published Bukowski's work in his Earth Rose imprint, had planned a 100 page volume of Bukowski's correspondence, though publication was abruptly cancelled due to objections by Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin. While the letters are privately held, the broadside and this lone mock-up remain the only tangible evidence of this never-published book. OCLC notes a single holding for the broadside at SUNY Buffalo.