Tarantula. By Bob Dylan. First Trade Edition, First Printing. Macmillan. New York, 1971.


Bob Dylan is arguably the most influential musician of the twentieth century. His blends of folk, blues, and rock music–and his iconic lyrics–opened the doors to new musical forms in the 1960s and beyond. For his many contributions, he has been awarded numerous Grammy Awards, numerous lifetime achievement awards, a Nobel Prize in Literature, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yet before his legacy had been established, Dylan published his first book–Tarantula, a volume of experimental prose poetry that echoes the styles and rhythms of language so central to the 1960s in America. It was not an immediate success. A small run of 50 copies was first released in 1965 by the Albion Underground Press. A trade edition was meant to be released the following year, but Dylan’s motorcycle accident delayed the process. Years went by, with numerous pirated copies circulating the market, years that corresponded to Dylan’s meteoric rise as a musician and celebrity. Finally, in 1971, this first trade edition was released. Initially, critics were not kind to the work, but opinions changed drastically over the decades. Today it is recognized as a major poetic achievement. It is a critical volume among Bob Dylan’s published books.

This first trade edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original black cloth, fine. Text block near-fine, only former owner’s signature to front endpaper. In the original dust jacket, very good with only chipping, creases, and closed tears to edges.

A very good first trade edition of Bob Dylan’s first book of poetry.

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Tarantula. By Bob Dylan. First Trade Edition, First Printing. Macmillan. New York, 1971.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in