“Finding Nirvana is like locating silence”: FIRST EDITION OF THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL BEAT CLASSIC THE DHARMA BUMS
The Dharma Bums.
Item Number: 3607
New York: Viking Press, 1958.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. A very bright example.
"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.
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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: 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.
“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.
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple": FIRST EDITION OF THE HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL BEAT CLASSIC THE DHARMA BUMS
New York: Viking Press, 1958.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
"I'm making myself seek to find the wild form, that can grow with my wild heart": First Edition of Jack Kerouac's Visions of Cody
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1972.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road": First Edition of Jack Kerouac's On The Road
New York: The Viking Press, 1957.
First edition of Kerouac’s classic novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in an excellent dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Bill English. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“Only God knows how much I love you”: First American Edition of the Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of Garcia Marquez’s work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson and Chip Kidd. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. Also, laid into the book is the original postcard for the publication.
"What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love": First Edition of A Separate Peace; Inscribed by John Knowles
New York: Macmillan, 1960.
First American edition of the author’s first and most well-known book. Octavo. Inscribed by the author, “To ____ With all best regards- John Knowles.” Fine in a near fine price- clipped second issue dust jacket. A sharp signed copy of this classic coming of age novel.
New York: Viking Press, 1978.
First edition of the second novel in Kennedy’s Albany cycle. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Lee and Laurie, who have watched the game from a ringside seat, with good will and love, Bill”, additionally signed by Kennedy on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with wear and chips to the extremities. A nice inscription.