Jack Kerouac

On the Road

The Viking Press


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First edition of the Beat Generation Classic.

  • Jack Kerouac (American).
  • New York: The Viking Press, 1957.
  • Octavo.
  • Price-clipped first issue dust jacket.
  • Publisher's black cloth lettered in white.

Handsome first edition copy of the novel that represents the Beat Generation in all its glory. William Burroughs, Alan Ginsberg, and Kerouac himself are all represented here. The hero of the book, Dean Moriarty is based on Neal Cassady. The composition of the work is almost as famous as the book. Kerouac typed the entire first draft over three weeks on a single roll of paper. He then spent the next six years revising it for publication. In 2001, the original typescript was sold at auction for $2.43 million.

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Top corners bumped.

Minor rubbing to flap folds and corners and spine panel tips.

Light shelf wear to rear panel.

Internally clean.


First Edition, Dust Jacket




Americana, Poetry

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