NY, Grove, (1959). An advance copy, in the form of unbound signatures ("F&Gs" -- folded and gathered sheets), of one of Kerouac's scarcest trade publications. This copy has a handful of reviewer's marks in the text, which seem to correlate with the frequently scathing review given to the book by David Dempsey in the New York Times on May 3, 1959. Eight signatures total, stamped "RECEIVED/Mar 31 1959/Grove Press, Inc." on the front cover. Paper clip imprint to top edge; else a fine set. We have previously heard of only two copies of the bound proof appearing on the market over the years, no set of f&g's, and no copy of either appeared in the Walter Reuben collection catalogued by Bradford Morrow. One of the scarcest Kerouac items we have handled. [#034775] SOLD
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