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The Dharma Bums

New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1958. First edition. Hardcover. Signed by Gary Snyder as "Japhy Ryder" Published the year after "On the Road" catapulted Jack Kerouac to literary fame, "The Dharma Bums" is the story of "....two ebullient young men engaged in a passionate search for truth- a search that involves them, together and separately, in a series of free-wheeling explorations, both sacred and profane."(front flap) The 2 principal characters, narrator Ray Smith & Japhy Ryder, are based on Kerouac & Gary Snyder, respectively. This copy of the First Edition is signed on the title page by Gary Snyder as "Japhy Ryder" in brackets, making it a most unique collectors' item. Book in fine condition with some wear to covers & small cloth loss right at bottom corners, & soiling to top edge, interior very fine. DJ fine with usual rubbing to black background & slight wear & chipping to ends of spine. A most remarkable rarity for collectors of Kerouac & Snyder. Charters, A.4a, pg. 24. Fine / Fine. [Item #1472]

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