Lot 231
  • 231

Kerouac, Jack

Estimate
5,000 - 7,000 USD
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Description

  • On the Road. New York: The Viking Press, [1963]
  • paper, ink
8vo. Publisher's printed wrappers, sixth edition. Minor marginal dampstaining, some wear at edges, and minor creasing to covers. 

Catalogue Note

A WONDERFUL ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY NEAL CASSADY "(DEAN HISSEMSELF!)".

Cassady famously served as the model for Dean Moriarty in Kerouac's landmark American novel. Copies signed by Cassady are quite uncommon, and the example at hand is inscribed on the half title, and dated 3 July 1966: "For Art & Jeanne [Stockett], Few, if any, have been more gracious & tolerant of my foibles than you two sweethearts; may your hearts be consecrated in marriage soon. Love Neal. (Dean hissemself!)".  

Art Stockett was a Bay-area bibliophile and collector, and sometime associate of Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who was alternately known as "the Colonel". According to Stockett's daughter, "Arthur's good buddy Neal inscribed the On The Road while Arthur and his soon to be wife, and Neal and his girlfriend, were at Big Sur for a wild week end trip". 

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