On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues. Jack Kerouac.
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues
On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues

On the Road (Facsimile First Edition in Slipcase) with: Book of Blues

ISBN: 0140587004
Shelton, CT; New York, NY: The First Edition Library; Penguin Books, 1995. First Edition Thus / First Printing. Hardcover in Slipcase; Softcover. This could be billed the “1995 Jack Kerouac Bundle,” as that year saw both the first bundled release of the striking Facsimile First Edition of “On the Road” (1) and the inaugural release of a previously un-gathered suite of poems by Kerouac titled “Book of Blues” (2). (1) As the blurb copy on the original front flap read, "After World War I a certain group of restless, searching Americans came to be called "The Lost Generation." This group found its truest voice in the writings of the young Hemingway. For a good many of the same reasons after World War II another group, roaming America in a wild, desperate search for identity and purpose, became known as "The Beat Generation." Jack Kerouac is the voice of this group and this is his novel." “On the Road,” along with Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” & William S. Burroughs' “Naked Lunch,” ignited the Beat Generation into a popular phenomenon that in turn paved the way for the seismic literary & cultural upheavals that culminated a decade later. Famously written on a single roll of paper in a nonstop benzedrine-fueled binge of only several weeks during 1951, it gestated in Kerouac's rucksack until finally published in a highly edited form in September 1957, heralded by an enthusiastic review in a trusted "establishment" newspaper's book review. As with all of Kerouac's novels, this is really a memoir, in this case of Kerouac's ("Sal Paradise") adventures back & forth across the American continent during 1947-1950 with Neal Cassady ("Dean Moriarty"), & their encounters with WSB ("Old Bull Lee"), Ginsberg ("Carlo Marx"), Herbert Huncke ("Elmer Hassel") & many other of their real-life co-members of the founding Beat Generation. On its 50th anniversary (2007), On the Road was republished in its original, unedited "scroll" version. The edition offered here is the facsimile First Edition Library / Viking Penguin edition, a handsome hardcover-in-slipcase published in Shelton, Connecticut in 1995. It is a beautiful production, meticulously reproduced. From the Collection of Robert Zaidman, noted blues guitarist and former director of the legendary Folk Music institution “The Folklore Center, NYC” where the likes of Simon & Garfunkel & Tim Buckley once played. Slipcase in very fine condition, substantially mint with only one (clearly accidental) blue pen ink mark from the previous owner. Book in very fine condition; likewise substantially mint/as new. Dust-jacket in near fine condition with moderate shelf-wear, rubbing to fine-edges, spine-edge and corners of front, back covers; attendant slight chipping to same; back cover considerably sharper-looking, with similar but slighter rubbing to the fine-edges, and only slight rubbing to the bottom red band of same. (2) To this bundle we’ve added a softcover original First Edition, First Printing (as indicated by number sequence on copyright page) of Kerouac’s “Book of Blues,” also published in 1995 as mentioned above. Somewhere between a cult favorite and the poetic equivalent of a foreign delicacy, “Mexico City Blues” and the “Blues” poem-series (to which we add the eight “chapters” which make up the Book of Blues: “San Francisco Blues”; “Richmond Hill Blues”; “Bowery Blues”; “MacDougal Street Blues”; “Orizaba 210 Blues”; “Orlanda Blues”; and the “Cerrada Medellin 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.” The poems in the “Book of Blues” date variously from March 1954-July 1961. As the celebrated American poet Robert Creeley writes in his Introduction, “What holds it finally all together are words, one after another, as he plays, moves, with their sound, follows their lead, shifting from English to Franco-American joual, nonsense to sense, reflection to immediate sight and intimate record.” Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges; small bump at top right-hand corner of front cover; small bump, chipping at bottom right, top right-hand corner of back cover. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4677]

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