Original broadside for a reading at the Royal Albert Hall on June 11, 1965, signed by Trocchi

London: Feliks Topolski, 1965. First and only edition. Folded broadside, revealing when unfolded a large scale graphic and textual portrayal of a poetry reading that became a watershed moment in 1960s British counterculture. SIGNED by Alexander Trocchi at the inclusion of his essay.

The broadside was published as a part of Topolski's prolific ongoing "Chronicle" series. The recto of the broadside includes illustrations after Topolski's drawings of many of the reading's participants, including a very large portrait of Allen Ginsberg, Trocchi, and others, with Trocchi's essay below. The verso includes poems from a number of poets, each reproduced from the respective poet's original holograph.

Trocchi's essay is a document of the event, and notes that "Pablo Neruda promised but failed to come. He was tracked down at a more formal reading in Belgrave Square." Trocchi, along with Michael Horovitz and John Hopkis, coordinated the event.

23 x 36 inches unfolded. Near Fine.


[Book #136354]

Price: $1,350.00