ON THE ROAD: Kerouac, Jack


Kerouac, Jack

Published by The Viking Press, New York, 1957
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Publisher: The Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1957

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition


Kerouac, Jack. ON THE ROAD. New York, 1957, The Viking Press, First American Edition. 310 pages. First edition of Jack Kerouac¿s most famous work. That well-loved, wildly exuberant, often funny account of a journey through America and Mexico, Jack Kerouac's On the Road instantly defined a generation following its publication in 1957: it was, in the words of a New York Times reviewer, "the clearest and most important utterance yet made by the ¿beat generation¿ Kerouac himself named years before. Kerouac in 1950 outlined the "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose" and decided to tell the story of his years on the road with Neal Cassady as if writing a letter to a friend in a form that reflected the improvisational fluidity of jazz. In a letter to a student in 1961, Kerouac wrote: "Dean and I were embarked on a journey through post-Whitman America to FIND that America and to FIND the inherent goodness in American man. It was really a story about 2 Catholic buddies roaming the country in search of God. And we found him." Allen Ginsberg described the work as "spontaneous bop prosody, Kerouac's novel remains electrifying in its thirst for experience and its defiant rebuke of American conformity. On the Road has become a classic with its stream-of-consciousness depiction of the rejection of mainstream American values set in a physical and metaphysical journey across America" (Book in America, 136). This copy is the 1957 true First Edition. With title page date of 1957 and "Published in 1957 by the Viking Press, Inc. 625 Madison Avenue, New York 22" on the copyright page. With Copyright of 1955, 1957 by Jack Kerouac. Dustjacket with Bill English's abstract rectangular drawings in blue, red, and black on the front panel and the spine, printed in bands of blue and red on the rear panel, with a 22-line excerpt "From ON THE ROAD:" on the rear panel. Only 7,500 copies were printed so it is quite scarce. Finely woven black cloth stamped brightly in white on the front boards and the spine. A clean, tight copy. Near Fine condition in a Near Fine DJ, appearing unread, quite scarce in this condition. NZ$9,000. Bookseller Inventory # 000231

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