New York: Grove Press, 1959. First Edition. Attractive copy of the author's fifth published novel, published simultaneously in cloth, wrappers, and a deluxe binding. Kerouac wrote the novel in Mexico City in June, 1952, at the home of William S. Burroughs. "I sat on Bill Burrough's toilet bowl. I had no other place to write. So I wrote on my lap in pencil. He had millions of junkies coming in, and women and guests. I didn't have a cent when I wrote that" (Charters, p.27). A dream novel, centered around the character Jackie Duluoz, which was based on Kerouac himself. Charters A5.a. Item #4396
First Printing, Cloth Issue. Octavo (21cm); dark grey cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [viii],245,pp. Faint offsetting and foxing onto endpapers, with a barely noticeable trace of foxing to right edge of textblock, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.50), with light wear to extremities and front flap fold, and a few rubbed spots at lower spine panel; Near Fine, with the red lettering bright and unfaded. Provenance: Ex-Burton Weiss (1945-2011).