Very Good / Very Good. Item #000668
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1972. Stated First Edition. Octavo; xii + 398pp. Jacket with montage illustration, author photo on back. Burgundy cloth with title and "Jack Kerouac" blind-stamped on face; gold spine lettering. Burgundy top-stain to textblock. Unclipped, clean jacket with slight former creases on spine and inner flap now well smoothed out in mylar; slight soiling, rubbing to jacket spine edges. Tight and clean binding with 1.5" dry tape residues on front and back faces. Spine ends slightly nudged. Large brown paste residue on front free endpaper. Textblock edges slightly toned, otherwise clear, square and unmarked.
Kerouac's experimental novel about "Cody"--the fictive version of his friend Neal Cassady--was published posthumously, and already shows deep nostalgia for the earlier "on the road" phase of the Kerouac story. Ginsberg's introduction is as experimental in format as the novel itself.