First Edition of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; From the Library of Beat Novelist Jack Kerouac with his notes and Signed by Kurt Vonnegut
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater or Pearls Before Swine.
Vonnegut Jr., Kurt.$8,500.00
Item Number: 4150
New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. From the library of Jack Kerouac, with his notes in his hand on the front free endpaper. There are four lines of notes with page numbers corresponding with the text. Additionally this copy is signed by Kurt Vonnegut in a contemporary hand on the same page. An exceptional association copy, as there were probably no two authors of the 1960s whose work was more relevant, both reflecting and informing it, to the social ferment that was profoundly changing the United States than Kerouac and Vonnegut. Very good in a bright dust jacket with light wear. Rare and desirable. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is author's fifth novel and comic masterpiece. "A brilliantly funny satire on almost everything" (Conrad Aiken). It was adapted as a musical in 1979, marking the first collaboration of composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.