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KEROUAC, JACK
On the Road
New York: Viking Press, 1957.

“So much of what Jack Kerouac wrote in On the Road (1957) seemed to spring full-blown from the collective unconsciousness of post-World War II America. The yearning for personal relevance, the awkward infatuation with cultures other than his own, that restless desire to get up and move—these feelings were not Kerouac’s alone, though he perhaps better than anyone else of his generation knew how to put them into words.” – Hilary Holiday, What’s Your Road, Man?: Critical Essays of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

 

FIRST EDITION of the defning work of the Beat generation. ADVANCE COPY, with extremely rare additional printed white dust jacket announcing the publication over regular dust jacket:

 

"This is a copy of the first edition of ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac. It will be published in September 1957 by The Viking Press and is certain to cause violently conflicting reactions among readers and critics. We believe that readers will find truth in the book; to some this truth may be beautiful, to others it may be ugly, but no one can fail to be impressed by what this books says and the way it says it."

 

Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket together with review copy white dust jacket; custom cloth box. Book fine, extremely vibrant original dust jacket with light edgewear including closed tear at top right corner of front panel. Exceedingly rare advance jacket with toning to spine, some soiling, and matching closed tear at top right corner.

$35,000
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