New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First Edition. The author's first novel, written between 1947-48 in Queens, where he lived with his mother and father. A largely autobiographical novel which Kerouac was not pleased with, written much in the style of Thomas Wolfe. In an August 17, 1966 conversation, Kerouac said "The Town and the City was written according to what they told me at Columbia University. Fiction. But I told you, the novel's dead. Then I broke loose from all that and wrote picaresque narratives. That's what my books are." Charters A1.a, pp.15-17. Item #4523
First Printing, one of 10,500 copies. Octavo (21cm); brick red cloth, with titling and rule stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dark gray topstain; [viii],499,pp. Spine ends gently nudged, lower corners gently tapped (though still sharp), with topstain a bit faded, else a fresh, Near Fine copy, lacking the dustjacket.