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The Mimeograph Revolution

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A few years ago we purchased a collection that contained a sizable number of mimeograph and literary magazines. We naturally did what any good bookseller would do. We pulled out the books and ignored the rest. Well, that's a bit of an overstatement. Certainly a few of the magazines were cataloged but most were placed on shelves to be taken care of at a later time. That time came when I showed some interest and was promoted to "Head of the Mimeos." (Don't be too impressed, in the last week alone I've been promoted to "Head of Wrestling Photos," "Head of Reference Guides" and, my favorite, "Head of Children's Books About Ducks.")

I immediately took to the mimeographs and the closely related literary magazines, first for their anything-goes aesthetic, but also because of the genuine sense of discovery they stirred. Many of these magazines and their contents have yet to be fully documented. They contain little-known first published appearances, overlooked poems and stories, and covers both achingly beautiful and wonderfully wretched.

The do-it-yourself nature of mimeographs meant they could be produced by anyone, anywhere with varying levels of sophistication, from a professional-looking magazine with established writers to a cheaply produced booklet filled with contributions from the aspiring and unpublished. What's more, many of these mimeos are next to impossible to find, with print runs that exist in the low hundreds, making complete sets next to impossible to assemble.

For the sake of this catalog the mimeos and literary magazines are divided into three periods for easier reference. The dates below may seem arbitrary, but I believe movements have a way of defining themselves. They are:
. 1929 – 1957: Starting with Ivor Winters' The Gyroscope at Stanford.
. 1958 – 1970: Beginning with the publication of both Yugen and the suppressed issue of the Chicago Review (later reprinted as Big Table #1).
. 1971 – 1985: Following the deaths of Jack Kerouac and Charles Olson less than three months apart.

Finally, it's important to note that these magazines can be frustrating to catalog thoroughly because they often featured dozens of contributors. The usual method involves listing a few of the most popular writers then placing "and many others" after the last name on the list. This catalog follows that time-honored practice for the sake of space (and boredom) but our website description for each item includes a complete list of all contributors no matter how obscure or how numerous, with only a few exceptions. So if you're looking for that poem your friend claims to have "published" in college, you would do well to search their name on our website.

- Matt Histand

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(DUNCAN, Robert, David Riesman, Marjorie Farber, Boris...

City Lights -- Number 4, Fall 1953

San Francisco: City Lights 1953. Magazine. Small quarto. Printed wrappers lightly tanned with a moderate tear along the spine by the top staple and two nicks, very...


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(DUNCAN, Robert, Gary Snyder, Paul Blackburn, Allen...

Coyote's Journal 5-6

[Eugene, Oregon / San Francisco]: no publisher] 1966. Magazine. Small octavo. 116pp. A few rubbed spots on the rear wrappers still fine. A literary magazine formed after the


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(DUNCAN, Robert, Kenneth Patchen, Kenneth Rexroth, Richard...

The Ark

San Francisco: Ark Spring 1947. First edition. Art by Ronald Bladen. Small quarto. 72pp. About very good in wraps with wear to the yapped edges, toning to the...


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(DUNCAN, Robert, Landis Everson, Ed Ormondroyd, Norman...

The Occident -- Spring 1948

[Berkeley, California]: Associated Students of the University of California 1948. Magazine. 57pp. Stapled wrappers. A bit of tanning at the extremities and a library deaccession stamp on the front wrap, near fine. A...


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(DUNCAN, Robert, LeRoi Jones [Amiri Baraka], Denise...

Burning Deck 2

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Burning Deck Spring 1963. Magazine. Octavo. Stiff stapled wrappers. A bit of sunning along the spine with a tiny dampstain at one spine end, near fine. A...

Cover Image: San Francisco State College Poetry Center Fall Program by (DUNCAN, Robert, Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, Kenneth Rexroth, William Carlos Williams, Richard Eberhardt, Jean Garrigue, Josephine Miles, Allen Tate, Karl Shapiro, Rober Horam, et al.)


(DUNCAN, Robert, Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, Kenneth...

San Francisco State College Poetry Center Fall Program

San Francisco: The Gutenberg Press 1957. Program. 12pp. Stiff paper wraps. Fine. The San Francisco Poetry Center is one of the country's most respected and longest-running... more>>

Cover Image: Resuscitator No. 7 by (EIGNER, Larry, Gill Vickers, Tom Pickard, Barry McSweeny, Robert Garioch, Gary Snyder, Peter Armstrong, Gael Turnbull, Charles McNeill, Lionel Kearns, Nick Wayte, and John James) JAMES, John and Nick Wayne, edited by


(EIGNER, Larry, Gill Vickers, Tom Pickard, Barry McSweeny,...

Resuscitator No. 7

Bristol: View Publications May 1965. Magazine. Cover by Andrew Weston-Webb. Octavo. 29,[3]pp. Stapled glossy wrappers with some wear at the spine ends and bumping to one... more>>


(EIGNER, Larry, Louis and Celia Zukofsky, Cid Corman,...

Resuscitator No. 3

Bristol: View Publications September 1964. Magazine. Cover by Doug Jackman. Small octavo. 32pp. Stapled glossy wrappers lightly rubbed, still fine. Avant-garde literary magazine...


(EIGNER, Larry, Louis R. Rowan, Stephanie R. Rowan,...

Friendly Local Press -- Vol. 1, No. 4

New York: Louis R. Rowan 1968. Magazine. Quarto. 36pp. Mimeographed sheets with printed paper wraps with yellow tape over the staples, as issued. Lightly rubbed with...

Cover Image: Lillabulero -- Volume 1, Number 3, Summer 1967 by (ESQUERRA, Arturo, Malcolm Cowley, Dock Wilson Adams, Dennis Trudell, Stanley Cooperman, Robert Morgan, William Pitt Root, John Hollander, and Wallace Kaufman)


(ESQUERRA, Arturo, Malcolm Cowley, Dock Wilson Adams,...

Lillabulero -- Volume 1, Number 3, Summer 1967

Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Lillabulero of Whigh Court 1967. Folio. 78pp. Stapled wrappers. A little sunning to the wraps and light wear to the yapped edges, a near fine copy. A magazine of... more>>

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