"ADIOS, YOU WHO WATCHED THE SUN GO DOWN, AT THE RAIL, BY MY SIDE, SMILING": SIGNED BY KEROUAC
KEROUAC, Jack. Excerpts from Visions of Cody. New York: New Directions, (1959). Octavo, original half purple cloth, purple and red printed white paper boards (designed by Kerouac). $4800.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 750 copies signed by Kerouac, who designed the printed boards himself.
This work is a 120-page excerpt from a novel by Kerouac of the same name, which was not published in its entirety until 1972. "To have reinterpreted Thoreau's sensibility in 20th-century terms was an incredible achievement, but during Kerouac's lifetime no publisher would bring out Visions of Cody in its entirety," though today it is regarded as "one of the best-organized works in American literature… since Walden" (Nicosia, 387). This copy is an out-of-series copy, with no number on the limitation page.
Only mild soiling to original boards. A nearly fine copy.