Babel

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1978. First Edition, softcover, issued simultaneously with the hardcover edition. INSCRIBED by Patti Smith in a contemporary hand on the half-title page to noted art curator Clarissa Dalrymple: "+ To Clarissa / My divine supplier of the necessary serums / + Patti Lee."

Laid in are two letters from Smith, both with their original mailing envelopes addressed in Smith's hand, to writer Glenn O'Brien. the first is a typed letter signed, with annotations from Smith in holograph marker, undated, with the envelope postmarked May 19, 1972, thanking O'Brien for mentioning her first book, "Seventh Heaven" (1972), in "Interview" magazine, and elaborating on the "key" to understanding the book. The second is an autograph letter signed, undated, with the envelope postmarked 1976, written on the verso of a French TWA map while on tour (with the annotation on the verso of the TWA envelope, in Smith's hand, "Patti Smith Group / in the air"), regarding an O'Brien piece in "Oui" magazine, "Read your 'pet rock' shot. Nice surprize (sic) passed it on to the guys," as well as playfully expressing her keenness for the "Oui" May 1976 covergirl, Sylvia Kristel: "(I adore Emmanuelle) ... got any Emmanuelle outtakes / prefer her hand between her legs."

A fascinating and insightful association copy of a convivial Smith at the advent of her commercial success with two other luminaries of the New York art and music scenes of the late 1970s.

Dalrymple is an independent art curator who championed and curated early exhibitions of many of contemporary art's most crucial players and has been heavily immersed in the New York art scene since the early 1970s.

O'Brien, a member of Andy Warhol's Factory in the 1960s, was a fixture of New York's punk and art scenes for over five decades. The first editor of Interview magazine, O'Brien also worked as editor of Rolling Stone and High Times magazines, and his writing published in Allure, Details, ArtForum, GQ, and Spin, among others. O'Brien is also known for hosting the New York public access show "TV Party," which aired from 1978 to 1982.

Very Good plus in illustrated card wrappers, light rubbing overall and some faint creasing to the front wrapper, with a small bit of light splashing to the fore-edge. Housed in a Near Fine custom clamshell box and chemise, with title, author, and specifying "With TLS and ALS," and the years "1972, 1976 and 1978" in gilt on the spine.

Letters and envelopes Very Good plus to Near Fine overall.


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