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PLEASE PLANT THIS BOOK
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PLEASE PLANT THIS BOOK

BRAUTIGAN, Richard

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San Francisco / Santa Barbara: [White Rabbit Press], 1968. First Edition. Pictorial folder, containing eight seed packets, each printed with a different poem. All packets sealed. Some mild wear to a few of the envelopes. But generally near fine. Folder has some mild toning, soil, and edgewear: very good. One of 6000 unnumbered copies. Cover photographs by Bill Brach; typography by J.S. Brooke; printed by Graham Mackintosh. (Item ID: 20552)

One of the quintessential publications of the counterculture. Brautigan's letterpressed poems on various seed packets (Carrots, Lettuce,†Calendula, Parsley, Shasta Daisy, California Native Flowers, Sweet Alyssum, Royal Carpet, and Squash) were distributed for free in hippie strongholds throughout California, and PLEASE PLANT embodies the spirit of the age perhaps better than any other book of the time, a seemless melding of the communal, political, environmental, and literary. According to the Mackintosh, "...the essential things was that the seeds were real ó that is, if you planted Shasta daisies, you got back Shasta daisies and not carrots ó and one had only to plant his book" (quoted in Johnston, BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WHITE RABBIT PRESS, p. 89). While there are apocryphal claims of a ninth "Marijuana" packet, to our knowledge this has never been seen or documented. "Many copies were doubtless put to the use intended by the author, though perhaps not as many as rare book dealers would have us believe" (ibid 56). [Johnston A43].


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