Charles Bukowksi's Genius of the Crowd to lead sale

Charles Bukowksi's famous rarity The Genius of the Crowd (1965) is to lead a dedicated sale at PBA Galleries.

The poem was printed in a run of just 103 copies by 7 Flowers Press, a countercultural publisher based at the Asphodel Bookshop in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bukowski Genius Crowd
Only 40 copies of Bukowski's Genius of the Crowd survive

It features linoleum prints by artist Paula Marie Savarino.

Only around 40 copies of the book survive following a raid on the bookstore by local police - who accused owner Jim Lowell of printing obscene poetry.

Fittingly the poem includes the lines: "Beware those who are quick to censor, they are afraid of what they do not know".

The lot is expected to make around $6,000-9,000.

The auction house describes it as a "legendary Bukowski rarity" and "a cornerstone piece of any collection".

Another copy in similar condition made $4,800 at PBA Galleries in 2011.

A copy of Post Office, published in LA by Black Sparrow Press, is valued at $4,000-6,000.

It's numbered 12 of 50 copies and features original artwork from Bukowski and his signature.

The novel is probably Bukowski's best known, based on his miserable experience working as a mail clerk.           

The auction will take place in San Francisco on July 14.

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