NY: Angel Hair Books, 1969. First edition. 4to. Stapled wrps. (unpaginated [34pp., printed on rectos only]), with thin stock pink endpapers. Front cover art by Alex Katz.
Letter ‘D’ of 10 lettered hors commerce copies (from a total edition of 500) with an additional work SIGNED by the author bound in at the end (a short poem titled “Mister Motion”, handwritten on different paper stock).
In addition, this copy has been inscribed by the author on the front endpaper: “for Michael, 'I wonder if they’ve really caught the scent…’ love and brotherhood, Bill Berkson”.
As well as 464 trade copies there were also 26 numbered copies signed by the author and artist; this hors commerce edition of 10 was also intended to be signed by Alex Katz, though it seems that none were.
“The poems in Shining Leaves I wrote entirely at Yaddo, the wondrous, disastrous summer of 1968. Two months or so in a room ‘haunted’ for writing: I could do nothing else; every time I began to read or just look out the window, poem fiends would start up” (“The Angel Hair Anthology”, p. 575.)
Very narrow and unobtrusive strip of age-toning along fore-edge of upper wrapper, o/w Fine.