Dr. Sax. Jack Kerouac.
Dr. Sax

Dr. Sax

New York, NY: Grove Press, Inc., 1970. Third Printing (First Hardcover Edition Thus). Hardcover. "Doctor Sax is a story of awakening youth in a grey, colorless New England mill town. It is the story of Jack Duluoz, like Kerouac himself a French-Canadian, growing up among the shadowy doorways and brown tenements of Lowell, Mass. Above all, it is the story of the mystery and terror of an intensely felt adolescence...Always lurking behind the corner of Jack's mind is the shadow of Doctor Sax, his cape flowing, his slouch hat half concealing a malevolent leer. He is one of a host of monsters and demons who inhabit this fantasy-ridden world. Memory and dream are intermixed in a mad universe that erupts in an apocalyptic vision that destroys the reincarnation of evil and the boy's morbid world." (from front flap) This is the now-classic impressionistic, romanticized memoir (as are all his works) by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. Based on his actual childhood experiences, thoughts & fantasies, Kerouac employs his younger alter ego, Jack Duluoz, to conjure a time & place from the perspective of youthful but very sensitive & penetrating eyes & mind. Offered here is the stated third printing, hardcover in dust jacket with artwork, graphics & flap copy different from the first edition of 1959. The text of front flap departs slightly from the longer 1959 text from which it is excerpted, for example "...and with it Jack's shadowy world" becomes "...and the boy's morbid world" quoted above. Rear flap text is a capsule biography of Kerouac & his works including the noting of his death. In Ann Charters' acclaimed bibliography, there is a brief mention that this book was "Reprinted 1970" after the first edition in its description of the first hardcover edition published on April 30, 1959 (A5(a), pg. 26). We have only encountered hardcover copies of this edition with reference to it being a third printing on copyright page. Therefore, we conclude that the first softcover edition published at an undetermined time during 1959 was effectively a second printing, or first softcover ("paperback") edition as stated in Charters (A5(b) ), & that the copy here is a first hardcover edition thus, technically a third printing, which has since been reprinted several times in softcover. An important collectible for the Kerouac completist. Book in fine condition with only mild rubbing, spotting & slight discoloration at upper area of black cloth front cover; very slight rubbing & occasional spotting, tiny bumps to front, back covers, spine, edges & corners of same (with no effect on bright green lettering on spine which is in exceptionally very fine condition); mild rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block; one small spot-stain at lower right area of side edge of same. Interior very fine with only some small, mild stains to blank endpapers; small stains at blank side & lower margins of a few page leaves. Unclipped dust jacket in fine condition with very light rubbing, browning, scratching & a few short, faint creases & tiny spots to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same esp. upper spine edge & corners with a few very small, mostly closed tears. Fine / Fine. [Item #3360]

Price: $100.00