Group of Capra Press Chapbooks plus other materials

Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1973 - 1978. Illustrated.
Limited edition of 75 - 200 copies of each chapbook; these are not signed by the authors.
12mo - octavo, coloured pictorial wrapperes. Overall fine.

MILLER, Henry. "On Turning Eighty"
HOUSTON, James D. "An Occurrence at Norman's Burger Castle"
NIN, Anaïs. "Paris Revisited"
KICKNOSWAY, Faye. "o. you can walk on the sky? good."
DURRELL, Lawrence. "The Plant Magic Man"
MELTZER, David. "Bark, a Polemic by"

SCHAEFFER, Jack. "Conversations with a Pocket Gopher and Other Outspoken Neighbors". Illustrated by Irene Brady. Capra Press, 1978. Pictorial wrappers. Fine.
MELTZER, David. "Greenspeech" Goleta, Christopher Books, 1970. Quarto, wrappers. A little browned at edges.
"Capra Checklist". Lists 26 of the Chapbook titles, plus numerous other titles.
"Capra Press Catalog" Fall 1975.
"Capra Press" Spring 1978.

RIBERIO, Hubert. El Peregrino. Santa Barbara, 1971. The text leaves only (16 pp.) A little browned at edges, leaves never separated.

RICHARDSON, William. The Pig Hunter. Noel Young Press, 1965. Quarto, green selfwrappers, pictorially stamped in brown, lettered in black. Slightly browned at spine and upper edge, else fine.

Noel Young was the founder of the Capra Press in Santa Barbara and published avant-garde writers, well known writers and un-known authors. Henry Miller was a friend and his "On Turning Eighty" was part of the 41 chapbook series Young published in the 1970s. Kenneth Millar better known as Ross Macdonald mystery writer was another author published by Capra Press. He once described his initial concept of publishing this way: ""Approach writers you admired, acquire book rights to their shorter and offbeat works and turn them into books.""

Ray Bradbury's two-essay ""Zen & The Art of Writing"" also became a best-selling Capra Press chapbook. Among the other titles in the series are Lawrence Durrell's short story of a wild herb gatherer in France, ""The Plant-Magic Man,"" and Nin's short story ""Paris Revisited."" The chapbook series concluded in 1977 with the publication of an essay by Miller, ""Mother, China and the World Beyond.""

Young's friendship with Miller, which began in 1959 when he showed up at the author's home in Big Sur, also resulted in the publication of a handful of other Miller works, including the books ""Henry Miller's Book of Friends,"" ""Sextet"" and ""My Bike and Other Friends.""

Capra Press also published about half a dozen works by Lawrence Clark Powell, the legendary UCLA librarian--mostly essays, but also a collection of short stories titled ""Evening Redness.""

In 1974, Young published Raymond Carver's first short story in book format, ""Put Yourself in My Shoes."" He later published a book of Carver's poetry, ""At Night the Salmon Move,"" and ""Fires,"" a combination of essays, poems and stories - LA Times.

Price: $300.00
SKU: 31751
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