The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax. Jack Kerouac.
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax
The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax

The 1959 Jack Kerouac Bundle: (1) Mexico City Blues, with: (2) Doctor Sax

New York, NY: Grove Press, 1959 (1990). First Printings. Softcovers. (1) “I want to be considered a jazz poet / blowing a long blues in an afternoon jam / session on Sunday. I take 242 choruses; / my ideas vary and sometimes roll from / chorus to chorus or from halfway through / a chorus to halfway into the next,” Jack Kerouac wrote as the epigram to his 1959 masterwork “Mexico City Blues.” Somewhere between a cult favorite and the poetic equivalent of a foreign delicacy, “Mexico City Blues” enjoys a wide range of notable admirers. These included a young Bob Dylan, who famously wrote: “Someone handed me Mexico City Blues in St. Paul in 1959. It blew my mind.” His immediate contemporaries were even more enthusiastic in their praise, and they remained steadfast in their opinion of MCB for the remainder of their lives. Allen Ginsberg’s endorsement, contemporaneous with the original publication, read: “A spontaneous bop prosody and original classic literature.” At a 1989, 30th Anniversary commemorative event at St. Mark’s Church, the lauded-&-notorious poet-master of grunts and scarf-flipping, Michael McClure, wrote of MCB: “He’s [Kerouac’s] writing something that he understands to be like Pound’s ‘Cantos’ but his own, and, in his complete misunderstanding, I think he creates a great masterpiece, a singing religious poem.” The edition offered here is the 1990 Grove / Weidenfield edition, a softcover First Edition Thus, First Printing—an excellent reading copy for the Kerouac student, aspiring collector, and completist alike. (2) We’re happy to sweeten the pot of this bundle with this next item, offered exclusively as part of this listing. [ISBN: 0-8021-3060-7]. In addition to “Mexico City Blues,” 1959 saw the release of Kerouac’s “Doctor Sax.” Based on his actual childhood experiences, impressions & 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 a copy of the first softcover edition, first printing, published by Barney Rosset's legendary & heroic Grove Press as an "Evergreen Original," which usually would indicate a status of softcover original without a hardcover version. In this case, a hardcover edition was produced, in smaller numbers & now quite rare, simultaneously or within the same year as this Evergreen edition (1959). As quoted in Ann Charters' definitive Kerouac bibliography, an executive at Grove Press wrote: "We don't remember whether the Evergreen edition was published at the same time as the cloth edition, but we believe it was...(it) was definitely published during 1959." (A5(b), pgs. 26-27) Also in this entry, Charter notes that "A variant paperback binding has "DOCTOR SAX by JACK KEROUAC" on spine reduced from 6 7/16" to 5 1/16"." This copy has the larger title & author text on spine. With all other points noted in Charters, including $1.75 price. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding. An immortal Kerouac masterpiece, a key collectible in his canon in its penultimately rarest form. (1) In near fine condition with relatively thin, faint crease-scratch (barely visible) running through length of front cover; corresponding horizontal (equally faint) crease-scratch to back cover near center-middle; minor bump, chipping to bottom left-hand corner of same, affecting bottom fine-edge of spine and bottom right-hand corner of back cover; mild-to-moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges; tiny bumps at corners of front, back covers; faint spotting to text block. (2) In relatively good-near fine condition with only moderate rubbing, scratching & chipping to front, back covers & spine; well-loved with original contemporary signature by one “Bill Gould / 1959 / Andover,” (Andover, Massachusetts perhaps?); tiny small black pen ink mark on rightmost fine-edge of front cover; small section of rubbing at interior of front cover; tiny bump to top right-hand corner of front cover; moderate bump to bottom right-hand corner of same. Near Fine / Good-Near Fine. [Item #4647]

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