“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple": FIRST EDITION OF THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL BEAT CLASSIC THE DHARMA BUMS
The Dharma Bums.
Item Number: 3852
New York: The Viking Press, 1958.
First edition of this novel which was based on a semi-fictional account of events occurring years after the events of On the Road. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
"There were three books that really shaped Kerouacs 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). One of the best and most popular of Kerouac's autobiographical novels, The Dharma Bums is based on experiences the writer had during the mid-1950s while living in California, after he'd become interested in Buddhism's spiritual mode of understanding. One of the book's main characters, Japhy Ryder, is thinly disguised on the poet Gary Snyder, who was a close friend and whose interest in Buddhism influenced Kerouac.
Other Books by this Author
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth, drawings by Larry Rivers. Boldly signed by the artist Larry Rivers. Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the “Godfather” and “Grandfather” of Pop art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. Rivers took up painting in 1945 and studied at the Hans Hofmann School from 1947–48. He earned a BA in art education from New York University in 1951. He was a pop artist of the New York School, reproducing everyday objects of American popular culture as art. He was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery in 1955. During the early 1960s Rivers lived in the Hotel Chelsea, notable for its artistic residents such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Arthur C. Clarke, Dylan Thomas, Sid Vicious and multiple people associated with Andy Warhol’s Factory and where he brought several of his French nouveau réalistes friends like Yves Klein who wrote there in April 1961 his Manifeste de l’hôtel Chelsea, Arman, Martial Raysse, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo, Daniel Spoerri or Alain Jacquet, several of whom left, like him, some pieces of art in the lobby of the hotel : for payment of their rooms. In 1965 Rivers had his first comprehensive retrospective in five important American museums. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
First Edition of Jack Kerouac's First Book The Town and the City; lengthily inscribed by him to legendary jazz musician Artie Shaw
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950.
First edition of Kerouac’s first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to “one of jazz’s finest clarinetists” Artie Shaw, “To Artie – in fond remembrance of our long talk, and that ‘sound in the night’ all of us hear even though it is only the poor machine that takes it to us, from you – Yours Jack Kerouac And Thanks for the advice.” The recipient, Artie Shaw was an influential American clarinetist, composer, actor, and writer. He led one of the United States’ most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s, had numerous hit records, and recorded with a number of small jazz groups drawn from within the ranks of the various big bands he led. He became best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” which became one of the era’s defining recordings. Kerouac’s spontaneous literary method borrowed heavily from the structure of improvisational jazz licks. His style came to be characterized by limited revision and short phrases occurring between dashes (as opposed to periods) which took on a certain rhythm much like the rapid tempo of Bebop jazz, a subject Kerouac enjoyed describing in many of his works. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Leo Manso. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Jack Kerouac’s candid handwritten reply to a young man’s questions about being a “Beatnik,” his life philosophy, his thoughts on Montana, and more. Students in Robert Dodd’s ninth-grade class were told to contact their favorite writer with their own unique series of questions relating specifically to that writer. The young Dodd chose Jack Kerouac, and the author replied at length to his questionnaire, which includes queries about his classification as a “Beatnik” (his answer: “I never was a Beatnik – it was the newspapers and critics who tagged that label on me….”), life philosophy (“My philosophy is ‘No Philosophy,’ just ‘Things-As-They-Are’”), career goals (“Be a great writer making everybody believe in Heaven”), the ideal way of life (“Hermit in the woods…”), his thoughts on fame (“My name is like Crackerjacks, famous, but very few people buy my books…”), and segregation (“[t]he Irish and Italians of Massachusetts never paraded in protest, just worked hard and made it”). Interestingly, Kerouac is most expansive in response to the final question: whether he has visited Montana. His answer fills three-quarters of the page, beginning: “Great day, my favorite state! – I wrote about Montana in ‘On the Road’ but the publishers took it out behind my back… I stayed one night, but up all night, in a saloon in Butte, to keep out of the 40-below February cold, among sheep ranchers playing poker.” Two pages. In near fine condition.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950.
First edition of Kerouac’s first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Leo Manso.
“DON'T STOP TO THINK OF THE WORDS WHEN YOU DO STOP, JUST STOP TO THINK OF THE PICTURE BETTER-AND LET YOUR MIND OFF YOURSELF IN THIS WORK”: First Hardcover Edition of Jack Kerouac's Doctor Sax
New York : Grove Press, Inc, 1959.
First edition, hardcover issue. Octavo, original gray cloth. Light rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing to the spine.
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
Early printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jary and Lola -best wishes, Harper Lee.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1925.
First edition of Wells’ work on the Malay jungle. Octavo, original orange cloth, frontispiece. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original dust jacket,
New York: Liveright, 2012.
First edition of “this monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition” (James D. Watson). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1787 of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Fine in a fine slipcase. Also includes the original publisher’s cardboard box.