The Love Book. Lenore Kandel.

The Love Book

San Francisco: Stolen Paper Review Editions, 1966. 6p. printed recto-only, 7.25x8 inches, variant with blue and brown covers, blue endpapers; very good.

Explicit erotic poetry inspired by tantric traditions, which landed the poet and publisher in court for obscenity in one of the two major counterculture poetry trials of the '60s (the more famous case being Ginsberg's "Howl"). Kandel's chapbook had only sold about one hundred copies before the November 15, 1966 police busts at the Psychedelic Shop and City Lights, but after media coverage began the booklet flew off the shelves. The author then pledged to donate 1% of proceeds to a police retirement fund to "thank" them for the free publicity. Kandel had ties with some of the Beats as well as the Diggers; she was the only woman to speak from the stage at the Human Be-In in 1967 (reading from "To Fuck With Love," the poem in this chapbook that had caused the ruckus). Jack Kerouac's character Romana Swartz in the novel Big Sur is based on her. The suppression of this booklet marked the last time San Francisco prosecuted an author on obscenity charges.

Cat.No: 269337

Price: $75.00