Tripping in Wales: The Poet and the Publisher

Wales - A Visitation July 29th 1967.

London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968.

Price: $1,750.00


About the item

One of 300 copies. Illustrated title and three full-page photographs by Tom Maschler, the poem arranged to face the facsimile manuscript. 1 vols. 4to. Tripping in Wales: The Poet and the Publisher. Brown paper-covered boards, patterned endpapers. Fine copy in very good photographic dust jacket (a couple of closed tears and nicks).

Item #322381

The publisher’s copy inscribed to him at the conclusion of the poem, “For Tom Maschler from Brother Allen Ginsberg” with a drawing of an arrow through a heart. At the foot of the page opposite, Ginsberg has added a six-line account of the circumstances of the poem’s origins, beginning “Done at Tom’s Cottage in the Black Mountains, both of us high on Owsley’s U.S. pure LSD …”

In his autobiography, Publisher, Maschler recounts the occasion of the writing of this poem. “The hills surrounding my cottage are dotted with sheep and Allen saw us as just two more sheep below the sky. He was immensely moved by the the landscape and in the afternoon, still heavily under the influence of the drug [the two had taken LSD earlier in the day] he began to write a poem called ‘Wales Visitation’”.