The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, 1958

Kerouac, Jack. The Dharma Bums. New York: The Viking Press, 1958. First edition, quarter leather binding with a matching cloth slipcase.

Presented is the first edition of Kerouac’s celebrated follow-up to the classic of his generation, On the Road. This is a first edition copy that was published out of New York in 1958.

“There were three books that really shaped Kerouac’s public image, the three that came out within a year of each other in 1957 and 1958: On the Road, The Subterraneans and The Dharma Bums” (Charters, 295). The Dharma Bums was published only a year after On the Road and it resulted in complete success. The Dharma Bums blended prose with poetry to produce a precursor for works by authors such as Timothy Leary or Ken Kesey.

CONDITION:

This first edition book has been bound in green quarter calf leather and cloth. The spines feature raised bands and gilt tooling. The book is elegantly housed in a custom green cloth slipcase.




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