The Scripture of the Golden Eternity. Jack Kerouac.
The Scripture of the Golden Eternity

The Scripture of the Golden Eternity

New York, NY: Totem Press in association with Corinth Books, 1960. First Edition; Third Printing. Stapled Wrappers. "Did I create that sky? Yes, for, if it was/ anything other than a conception in my mind/ I wouldn't have said "Sky"- That is why I am the/ golden eternity. There are not two of us here,/ reader and writer, but one, one golden eternity,/ One-Which-It-Is, That-Which-Everything-Is." (first chapter-stanza) The famous distillation of Buddhist wisdom in sixty-six chapters of prose-poetry by Jack Kerouac, Founding Father of the Beat Generation. Written during 1956 & first published in 1960 in chapbook format with front cover illustration by Jesse Sorrentino. According to Ann Charters in her definitive bibliography, this first American edition was first printed with purple illustration & lettering on white front cover, followed by second printing with red & third printing with black. Offered here is a copy of the third printing, with black front cover illustration & lettering on white background. Charters quotes Kerouac in this entry: "Gary Snyder said, "All right, Kerouac, it's about time for you to write a sutra." That's a thread of discourse, a scripture. He knew I was a Bodhi Sattva and had lived twelve million years in twelve million directions. You see, they really believe that, those maniacs. I'm a Catholic all along. I was really kidding Gary Snyder. Boy, they're so gullible." (A11, pgs. 34-35) Notwithstanding his Catholic (& alcoholic) guilt-hangover in retrospect, we don't think Kerouac was completely "kidding," you might consider The Scripture to be Buddhism with a Beat. Followed by several subsequent editions published by Corinth & City Lights Books with different formats, graphics. A canonical Kerouac collectible in its first incarnation, third state. In good-to-near-fine condition with moderate rubbing, mild browning & creasing to front, back covers & stapled spine; mild wear & small bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; one area near upper edge of back cover with loss of outermost blank white surface; mild browning & rubbing to edges of text block (lower edge untrimmed). Interior fine with only small creases & bumps at corners of page leaves, esp. upper corners. Good- Near Fine. [Item #3366]

Price: $60.00