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38. Kaddish, White Shroud, and Black Shroud by Allen Ginsberg, with art by R. B. Kitaj

Kaddish, White Shroud, and Black Shroud by Allen Ginsberg, with an introduction by Helen Vendler and lithograph portraits of the poet and his mother by R. B. Kitaj, 1992.

Allen Ginsberg is one of the most celebrated poets in America. The long poem "Kaddish" is considered his masterpiece. It was written in 1961, five years after his poem "Howl" had shocked the literary world and brought Ginsberg and the Beat Movement to prominence. "Kaddish" is dedicated to Ginsberg's mother, Naomi, who died tragically in 1956 in a mental institution. Two other poems, "White Shroud" and "Black Shroud", are included for their further recollections, dreams, and reincarnations of the departed mother. R. B. Kitaj is a highly respected American painter who has long resided in London, where a major retrospective exhibition of his work was mounted at the Tate Gallery in 1994 and toured museums in the United States.

EDITIONS & PRICES

Format: 12-1/2 by 10 inches, 64 pages. The types are Monotype Imprint and handset Weiss Titling. The lithography was done by Curwen Chilford in Cambridge, England. The paper is English mouldmade T. H. Saunders. The binding, covered in two colors of cloth, black and grey-green, has a flap enclosing the fore-edge that folds into the front cover. Numbered and signed by author and artist. Edition of 200 copies, $600.00. Out of print.

An extra edition of the Kitaj lithograph was printed on larger sheets of Millbourn, a British handmade paper, 17 by 25 inches, and is numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 20 copies, sold with the book, $900.00. Out of print.


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Book Edition: The format is 12-1/2 by 10 inches, 64 pages. Bound in two colors of cloth, with flap enclosing fore-edge that folds into the front cover. Signed by author and artist. The edition is limited to 200 numbered copies for sale. Price: $600. Out of print.

Print Edition: The extra lithograph by R. B Kitaj is printed on sheets of paper 17 by 25 inches, signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 20 numbered copies for sale, sold with the book. Price: $900. Out of print.