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Section I: The Richard Synchef Collection of Beats, Counterculture & the Avant Garde (with additions), Lots 1-210

Section II: Fine Literature, Lots 211-419

Section III: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, with Pulp Magazines, Lots 420-502

Please visit our website to view over 500 lots of fine literature and popular culture, focusing on the Beat and Counterculture movements of the 1950s and 1960s, featuring the collection of Richard Synchef. Synchef’s participation in Counterculture began with his student days at Madison, Wisconsin during the tumultuous years of protest. Most books from his collection are signed (and inscribed “To Rick”) by multiple Counterculture thinkers, as Synchef obtained signatures at galleries, shows, readings, clubs, concerts, and other venues in the SF Bay Area. Also included are significant collections of Charles Bukowski and Henry Miller, a fine assemblage of pulp magazines with early science fiction and fantasy writings, important literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, detective fiction, and much more.


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We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS.  For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

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