Place and Imprint: San Francisco: A Running Elk Publication, 1966.
Edition: First and only edition, number 51 of 100 numbered copies, signed by Rick Barton and David Nelson on the title-page.
Bibliographical References: Not found in OCLC; Rare Book Hub and ABPC record the sale of one copy at PBA Galleries on January 30, 2014, lot 3; there is an uncatalogued copy in the papers of Henry Evans at the Clark Library, Los Angeles.
Condition: Edges of the chemise slightly worn and faded; fine copy.
Book ID: 28805
Physical DescriptionPortfolio, 28.5 x 23.5 cm, title-page and 42 linoleum block prints on 42 unpaginated leaves, enclosed in a brown paper chemise with a printed paper label.
Comments42 round linoleum block prints, the majority of which appear to be by Rick Barton, but clearly several are by Barton's collaborator artist David Nelson; none are signed. Rick Barton (1928-1992) was a artist during the Beat era in San Francisco; he was eccentric, enigmatic, very talented and openly gay, as is obvious by this work. He began publishing his linoleum block prints in 1958 with the Porpoise Bookshop and Peregrine Press, whose proprietors, Henry and Patricia Evans, recognized his unusual talent and promoted his work. This is likely the only publication of Barton's that was not produced by the two Evans; it was issued several years after Henry Evans had given up publishing portfolios of block prints by other artists; st is a rare publication of Harold LaVigne's Running Elk gallery and press, a short-lived endeavor began in San Francisco in 1966. Running Elk published at least books: this one, a similar one entitled Persons (a series of portraits in linoleum blocks), and an anthology entitled My Father is a Whale. Inscribed on the title-page "For my wonderful partner in painting on the 7th of October, 1974 / Long Life, with all the best Enthusiasm." The inscription is from Barton's collaborator David Nelson to his friend and fellow artist Ron Russell; they shared a painting studio in San Francisco in the early 1970s, where they pioneered reverse glass painting. See Wikipedia under David Archer. Harold LaVigne of Running Elk was the brother of artist Robert LaVigne. For more about Barton see Rachel Federman's Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton (Morgan Library, 2022).