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Patti Smith at the Bowery Ballroom (Hand Signed), 2000

Patti Smith
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Patti Smith

Patti Smith at the Bowery Ballroom (Hand Signed), 2000

Offset Lithograph poster. Hand Signed by Patti Smith
20 × 14 inches
Hand signed offset lithograph poster from Patti Smith's historic concert at the Bowery Ballroom in December 2000. The poster contains several quotes from the famous Poet William Blake, the first being "Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem)", and the quote on the bottom "The Tyger" from "Songs of Experience". Provenance is impeccable as it was acquired from the sale of the collection of Edward Gorey and Gotham Book Mart. The poster is hand signed in ink by Patti Smith. The Gotham Book Mart was a famous Midtown Manhattan bookstore and cultural landmark that operated from 1920 to 2007. The business was located first in a small basement space on West 45th Street near the Theater District, then moved to 51 West 47th Street, then spent many years at 41 West 47th Street within the Diamond District in Manhattan, New York City, before finally moving to 16 East 46th Street. Beyond merely selling books, the store virtually played as a literary salon, hosting meetings of the Finnegans Wake Society, the James Joyce Society, poetry and author readings, art exhibits, and more. It was known for its distinctive sign above the door which read, "Wise Men Fish Here" (sign created by artist John Held Jr.). The store specialized in poetry, literature, books about theater, art, music and dance. It sold both new books as well as out-of-print and rare books. It published books by Andy Warhol, and a slew of celebrities and literary figures were associated with this venerated place. The bulk of the collection was donated to the University of Pennsylvania.
Condition: Very good vintage condition with gentle handling and perhaps some corner dings which should frame out



Height:   20.00
Width:   14.00
Depth:   0.20