ON THE ROAD, by Jack Kerouac - 1957


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On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Third Printing. New York: The Viking Press, 1957.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition with VERY GOOD DJ.

  • Vintage binding features black cloth covers with white text on front and spine.
  • Volume displays gentle overall aging and wear and is well preserved.
  • Covers exhibit mild edgewear with some fraying and a little exposed boards at corners, as well as a vertical ripple to cloth on front, running from head to foot edge. Pastedown suggests a 2.5" crease from head in board.
  • Boards exhibit a little dust and minimal scuffing.
  • Spine shows some minor softening to ends.
  • Binding is secure with minimal play.
  • Interior displays minimal toning, with rare marginal smudges.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Textblock edges have red ink along head, and display gentle commensurate toning.
  • DJ looks nice behind Mylar, and is backed with archival paper.
  • DJ displays some chipping and creasing along head edges and to head corners, with a long chip going 0.5" maximum into back from head edge. (See photos)
  • DJ also exhibits some creasing to foot corner of front, as well as overall rubbing along edges and toning to back.
  • DJ was professionally and expertly restored in places.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20191106

310 pages. 5.5 x 8.25 inches.

On the Road is a novel depicting a generation, the postwar generation of the Beat and Counterculture currents. The youth of these years was a generation of young people who were addicted to a life of travel, drug use, dreams, and somehow hope in a better future. Kerouac's novel constitutes a tribute to these people, giving an insight of the bohemian life in those gangs that is at once passionate and affectionate.

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American writer of French-Canadian origin. A novelist and poet, he was considered an iconoclast who advocated the hippie movement and was a pioneer of the Beat generation. His works put together such themes as Catholicism, jazz, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel, and he is recognized for his spontaneous prose. 

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