Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Bonaparte, 1967 ( 1972 ). First Edition Thus (?). A 14 ¼ x 20 inch poster, printed in black on white thick paper stock, advertising Kenneth Anger's famous underground film, "Lucifer Rising." The poster was first released by Berkeley Bonaparte in 1969, apparently printed in silver ink on black paper. As far as we can determine the poster was reissued thus (black on white) circa 1972. The present example is one of a sub-series of 93 copies, hand-numbered and SIGNED by Kenneth Anger in the bottom margin (this being No. 50 of 93 copies). It is not known when this limited release was done, but it was certainly some time ago, and we could find no reference to such signed copies on the market at all. As with the first printing, the poster has "Distributed by [copyright] 1967, Berkeley Bonaparte, P.O. Box 1250 Berkeley, Calif" in tiny letters in the lower left margin, and the name of the artist of the montage, Rick Griffin in tiny letters on the right. This example is from the archive of British artist, writer and musician DAVID TIBET (founder of the music group Current 93) with his OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE and blind-stamp seal on a small piece of hand-made paper tipped onto the reverse of the poster in the upper right corner. A GOOD only example - there is a short tear and some brown staining three-quarters in the upper right margin of the poster, extending into the printed area (see photographed). There is some lesser browning in the lower right margin. A few tiny chips and creases to the edges. Gently creased from having been rolled. Still a rare example of this signed edition. Item #68479
Black and white poster designed by Rick Griffin. 20x14½. The design incorporates Gustave Dore's illustration from Paradise Lost within a border of columns with sunflowers wrapped around them, an Egyptian all-seeing eye above. The base of each of the two columns reads the number 666.
Two short closed tears and one corner torn through, all repaired for a seamless display; good.