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New York: Grove Press, c1959 (1962), 1962.
Black cloth. and black boards, black top page edges. Light yellowing to fore and bottom page edges; boards just a mite seasonably bowed; small light spot of tape stain on front and rear pastedowns; rear free endpaper has tape stains in outer corners; a fine copy otherwise. Dust jacket has a small tape stain to inner margin of rear flap; spine has nicks at head and a shallow dimple at centre; narrow vertical streak of light rubbing down centre of front panel; else fine, colours bright, flap price intact. For the record, book states "First printing", jacket flap price is $6.00, and publisher's address is 64 University Place. There was in fact only one issue of the jacket on the first printing, folkore to the contrary. First published in Paris by the Olympia Press in a mass market paperback format (5 k copies). This US edition (3.5 k copies) was the first in hardcover and added "Deposition: Testimony Concerning A Sickness" and " Letter from a Master Addict to Dangerous Drugs." An attractive copy.
$650.00                          Book Number: 43113                          Order / Enquire

Toronto: ECW Press, 1998.
12mo card covers. pp (111). Front cover a bit curled at fore edge, else a VG clean copy. As a former Kerouac collector who has read many of the books on him, I think this is one of the very best in that it recognizes that Kerouac was essentially a religious writer. It also reveals the real facts of his death, not quite what has been long widely supposed. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$10.00                          Book Number: 44304                          Order / Enquire

San Francisco: City Lights, 1959.
Long broadside, 7.5 x 36 inches, printed both sides. Folded to make 12 pages, including cover and colophon. Soft creases, one very small corner chip, VG. In one margin written in pencil is "25% reduction 1 pos. stat Troubador Press", indicating this was possibly a publisher's copy. . "An autobiographical journey springing out of the blind conjunction of such events as Christ's April crucifixion, death, and resurrection by A-bomb, and the author's own birth." The African-American beat poet's first or second separate book, his ABOMUNIST MANIFESTO also published by City Lights in 1959. The present copy from the stock of the late, great Serendipity Books of Berkeley, CA Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$45.00                          Book Number: 43753                          Order / Enquire

KAUFMAN, Bob (Chester Monroe Kessler)
Photo of beat poet Bob Kaufman

11 x 14 inch glossy photo of Bob Kaufman by Chester Monroe Kessler. Head and shoulders, shirtless, against a background of metal grape vines, facial scars visible. Fine. Chester Kessler (1919-1979) was a photographer and film maker based in Southern California. He completed four films and photographed Kenneth Patchen, David Stacton, Kenneth Anger, and others. Bob Kaufman (1925-86) was an African-American beat poet and surrealist inspired by jazz. In France, where he had a large following, he was known as the "black American Rimbaud". Born in New Orleans to a German-Jewish father and a black mother from Martinique, after a stint in the merchant marine, in the early 1940s he came to New York and briefly studied at the New School. There he met William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Kaufman moved to San Francisco's North Beach in 1958, where he remained. He was mostly an oral poet, his wife Eileen putting his poems on paper. He was one of the founders of Beatitude magazine. Writer Raymond Foye credited Kaufman with coining the word "beatnik", His life was filled with suffering. In San Franciso, he was targeted by beatings and harassment by the police (hee rows, don't you know), while the New York years were filled with poverty, addiction, and imprisonment. He was on the Tonight Show four times in 1970-71. Ken Kesey recalls seeing Bob on the street in North Beach, little band-aid crosses on his face, coming up to the car shouting poetry. He was perhaps the quintessential jazz poet. "My head is a bony guitar, strung with tongues, plucked by fingers & nails." - Kaufman. After learning of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he took a Bhuddist vow of silence that lasted until the end of the Vietnam War in 1973. A sensitive photo of this American original.
$150.00                          Book Number: 44598                          Order / Enquire

WAKE UP: a life of the Buddha. Introduction by Robert A.F. Thurman
New York: Viking, 2008.
Octavo, two tone grey boards. Remainder stripe to bottom page edges, skinning to pastedowns where the jacket flaps were once pasted down, nice copy otherwise. Written in 1955 and now first published.
$7.95                          Book Number: 45668                          Order / Enquire

THE SUBTERRANEANS. Preface by Henry Miller.
New York: Avon, 1959.
16mo. Avon paperback T-302. Small soft creases to upper outer corner of front cover, very soft vertical crease to rear cover, cheap paper yellowed as always, else a fine, crisp copy. First published in hardcover in 1958, this paperback is the first with the Miller preface. His third novel, one of the essential beat documents. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.
$39.95                          Book Number: 41742                          Order / Enquire

THE SUBTERRANEANS. Preface by Henry Miller.
New York: Avon, 1959.
16mo. Avon paperback T-302. Very light sunning to red spine lettering, else a crisp, near fine copy, no cover creases. The Canadian printing. First published in hardcover in 1958, this paperback is the first with the Miller preface. His third novel, one of the essential beat documents. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.
$39.95                          Book Number: 43275                          Order / Enquire

London: Andre Deutsch, 1973.
Octavo, red boards. Fine copy. Price-clipped red dust jacket (as usual for some reason) has a faint sticker shadow beside the clip, minute rubbing at foot of spine, else fine, no sunning to the spine. First UK printing of PIC, his last novel, published in the US as a paperback original in 1971, THE SUBTERRANEANS, his third published novel and one of the key books of the beat generation, was first published in the UK separately in hardcover in 1960. this is the second UK hardcover edition. A very nice copy.
$175.00                          Book Number: 43328                          Order / Enquire

"Alone on a Mountaintop", contained in HOLIDAY magazine for October, 1958
Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing Company, 1958.
Folio, paper covers. Volume 24, no. 4. Spine has chips at ends, one short crack, soft bump to lower corners, crease to lower inner margin of front cover, light tanning to rear cover, VG otherwise. Contains on pp 68-69, 76-78, 81, "Alone on a Mountaintop", an article by Jack Kerouac. First publication of one of his finest prose pieces, which later appeared in LONESOME TRAVELLER (1960). Charters C32. Cover photo of a Texas cowboy, very much the Marlboro Man.
$65.00                          Book Number: 43959                          Order / Enquire

"Ronnie on the Mound", a story contained in ESQUIRE magazine for May, 1958
New York: Esquire, 1958.
Folio, pictorial paper covers. Light spotting to front cover, corner creases to rear cover, VG otherwise. Contains on pp 87-88 a baseball story by Jack Kerouac. Charters C26. Also contains an article on San Francisco, with pictures of the club scene (Art Pepper, Dave Brubeck, Kenneth Rexroth).
$25.00                          Book Number: 43960                          Order / Enquire

An article contained on p 22 of LIFE magazine for 29 June, 1962
Chicago: Time Inc., 1962.
Folio, pictorial paper covers. Moderate creasing and rubbing to spine, narrow band of sunning to inner margin of rear cover, VG otherwise. Contains on p. 22 an article by Jack Kerouac on his classmate at Horace Mann School Eddie Gilbert, who is the subject of the Story of the Week. Front cover photos of the three leading candidates for the Senate seat of Massachusetts, Eddie McCormack, Teddy Kenney, and George Lodge.
$25.00                          Book Number: 43961                          Order / Enquire

McNALLY, Dennis (Jack Kerouac)
DESOLATE ANGEL: a biography. Jack Kerouac, the Beat generation, and America
New York: Random, 1979.
Cloth & boards. pp (xiv), 401 + plates. Index. Small rubber stamped publisher's logo on front free endpaper (remainder mark), slight yellowing to page edges, VG otherwise. Price-clipped jacket has a small corner crease to front flap, VG otherwise, Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.
$18.50                          Book Number: 43704                          Order / Enquire

MICHELINE, Jack (Christopher Felver)
Glossy photo of Jack at the track
Image size 7.25 X 11 inches on 11 x 14 sheet. Jack Micheline at Golden Gate Fields race track, 1981, Number 1 of 2 , signed and numbered in pencil on verso by the photographer Christopher Felver. Jack is studying the racing form, unlit cigarette in his mouth. Fine. Christopher Felver's work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at many important museums and institutions. Best known for his black & white photos of famous writers, musicians and artists, especially of the beat era. Jack Micheline (1929-1998), born in the Bronx as Harold Martin Silver, was an American painter and poet from the San Francisco Bay area. His name is associated with street artists, underground writers, and "outlaw" poets. He was one of San Francisco's original beat poets and an innovative artist who was active in the San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s and 60s. He was a street poet in Greenwich Village in the 50s, writing about hookers, addicts, blue collar workers, and the dispossessed. Jack Kerouac wrote the introduction to his first book, published in 1957. He went on to publish over 20 books, chapbooks, and mimeo books. He also did some painting, mostly gouache in a primitive style. A terrific image of one of the lesser known but authentic beats (a term he hated).
$195.00                          Book Number: 44592                          Order / Enquire

MONTGOMERY, John (Jack Kerouac)
Typed letter

20.5 x 18 cm, typed on one side of onion skin paper, signed in typescript, 1978. Some creases, VG+ otherwise. To a Toronto Kerouac collector. 8 paragraphs. Speaks of Kerouac speaking French and having been noticed by Pierre Trudeau. Will sell him a copy of JACK'S BOOK when shipment arrives. Mardou's real name was not used. Speaks about other Kerouac related publications. Shooting for the film "Heartbeat" will start in Sepember, but he doesn't plan to watch it. John Montgomery (1919-1992) was a beat poet and friend of Kerouac. He appears in DESOLATION ANGELS as "Alex Fairbrother" and in THE DHARMA BUMS as Henry Morley.
$35.00                          Book Number: 41863                          Order / Enquire

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