New York: The Viking Press, 1957. First edition. 8vo, 310pp; original cloth. Fine in a bright, crisp, first issue dust jacket that has undergone a minimum of professional touch-up restoration; red on the spine slightly lightened, as usual. Item #205484
A sparkling copy of Kerouac's essential novel, his second book and a key work in modern American fiction. It would be inaccurate to characterize the first edition of On the Road as rare. It was, however, a popular success and copies were read to death. Copies in first rate collector's condition have become uncommon. The jacket has the original price of $3.95 and the colored bands at the top and bottom of the rear panel. The repair done to this copy was limited to the removal of small paint drip, filling in a shallow scratch, and reinforcing the edges in a couple of spots. There were no chips or tears and no reconstruction was needed.