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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
(NY), (New Directions), (1959). A signed limited edition of this book of excerpts from Kerouac's work-in-progress, which was only published in its entirety after he died. This is Copy No. 738 of 750 numbered copies signed by Kerouac. Faint spine and edge-sunning, else a fine copy, lacking the original acetate dust jacket, but including the publisher's promotional slip. A beautiful copy of this book, seldom found in this condition. [#034838] $3,500
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
Larkspur, Jan Kerouac Benefit Fund, 1995. An attractive poster, designed and printed by noted poster artist Alton Kelley -- who designed many of the famous psychedelic posters of the 1960s in San Francisco. This poster was prepared to promote a series of benefits for Kerouac's daughter Jan, who, besides being quite ill and without health care benefits, was contesting the disposition of Kerouac's literary estate. A series of fundraising events were organized in San Francisco, which included appearances and performances by a number of people who had been closely connected to Kerouac and the poets and artists of the Beat generation and later the Sixties counterculture. Of a total edition of 1135, this is one of 1000 unsigned copies. Approximately 18" x 26". Rolled, else fine. [#017485] $25