NY, Grove, (1958). The hardcover trade edition of Kerouac's first novel to be published after the success of On the Road. A bit of glue bleeding at the front hinge, and handling apparent to the cloth covers. Still about near fine, without dust jacket, probably as issued: the dust jacket for The Subterraneans reliably shows up on advance copies -- review copies and f&g's -- with unprinted flaps, without a price, or with a rubber-stamped price on the front flap. The second printing shows up in dust jacket much more often, and it's likely that there were no dust jackets when the first printing was issued, so the few advance jackets that existed were pressed into service, and later the jackets were ready in time for the second printing. The published bibliographies to date do not address this issue, but in our experience a first printing in dust jacket that was not married to a jacket from another edition is one of the true Kerouac rarities. [#034836] $1,000
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