Catalogue 13: The Book and Nothing But the BookPublished on 13 June 2018
Featuring 150 *books* (what a concept) fully illustrated in color, it includes generous selections of poetry (concrete and otherwise), art and photo (including Japanese photobooks), Beats and punks, association copies, artists' books, pulps, film, human sexuality, the obligatory modern firsts, and much more.[...] Read more
WomenPublished on 04 April 2016
Archives and Manuscripts #13Published on 23 July 2013
This catalog of 38 interesting items contains original book-related artwork; runs of 19th and early 20th century literary periodicals; albums of interesting vintage photographs; signed manuscripts; hand written letters; and other curiosities and finds.
Some highlights include:
-A fantastic assortment of 3-D nude stereographic slides from the 1950s, including a contemporary stereographic viewfinder
-A scrapbook dedicated to Hollywood's original Blonde Bombshell Jean Harlow
-Photos and ephemera concerning Western author Zane Grey
-A collection of over 200 British Rave flyers from the mid 1990's
-A classic Luristan bronze short sword from the early first millennium B.C.
Counter CulturePublished on 24 June 2013
“The art of the Culture is to preserve order amid change;
the art of the Counter Culture is to preserve change amid order.”
– anonymous bookseller, possibly (or probably) plagiarized from someone else
What is the Counter Culture?
Although Between The Covers Rare Books has been dealing in Counter Cultural material pretty much since we’ve existed as an entity, we’ve never issued a catalog strictly devoted to the subject. When we started in the mid 1980s, some of the “Cultures” whose artifacts we’re now dealing in didn’t even exist. This goes to show that the definition of Counter Culture is constantly evolving.
Obviously much of one’s perspective on this is or can be generational. And indeed the friction created by the
interaction of the generations might actually be the proper definition. Pretty much all rock-and-roll in the
1950s was Counter Culture; by the 1980s (and even much earlier) it was the soundtrack for elevators.
Our approach to the subject is much like that of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s approach to
pornography: it’s hard to define, but “I know it when I see it.” One doubts that Justice Stewart has reviewed
some of the websites that we’ve seen, and how his definition might have adapted itself to the present reality.
But finally, our own practical definition of Counter Culture is that it is whatever we say that it is. Thus have we a
convenient excuse to seek out and buy anything that we think forms the outermost perimeter of our culture, and
more importantly, amuses us.
Please forgive (or don’t, as you see fit) the unevenness of this selection. We anticipate doing more of these in the
future, with greater and lesser emphasis on some of the movements and genres represented, depending on what
wonderments present themselves to us.
Gay & Lesbian InterestPublished on 01 March 2011
Over 350 items from our inventory including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, periodicals, anthologies, photographs, etc. The authors represented range from contemporary writers whose sexuality informs all their professional work, to those who wrote at a time when societal norms prevented them from expressing their sexuality.[...] Read more
The Mimeograph RevolutionPublished on 18 Oct. 2010
Over 400 mimeograph publications from the 1920s onward. 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.