Jack Kerouac Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Jack Kerouac Rare Books And Memorabilia

Jack Kerouac Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the iconic beat writer Jack Kerouac.

Brief history/biography

Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac (commonly known as Jack Kerouac) was born on March 12th, 1922 and died on October 21st, 1969.

Kerouac was an American novelist and poet and is said to be one of the pioneers of the Beat Generation. Kerouac achieved a cult-like following thanks to his influence on the hippie movement. Some of his most notable work includes The Town and the City (1950), On the Road (1957), Doctor Sax (1959), Maggie Cassidy (1959), and The Dharma Bums (1958), to name a few. Kerouac also wrote numerous different poems (such as "Mexico City Blues" in 1959 and "Old Angel Midnight" from 1956 - `1959), as well as various other non-fiction stories as well.

Types of Jack Kerouac Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a first edition copy of On the Road (1957) for $66,000 in April of 2004.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of The Town and the City (1950) which was also inscribed by Kerouac to his lover Joyce Johnson for $23,900 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of The Dharma Bums (1958) which was also inscribed by Kerouac for $33,600 in June of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of On the Road (1957) which was also inscribed by Kerouac to his sister and brother-in-law for $30,550 in October of 2001.
  • A first edition copy of Maggie Cassidy (1959) which was inscribed by Kerouac to his mother for $23,900 in April of 2003.
  • A first edition copy of The Dharma Bums (1958) which was also inscribed by Kerouac to his mother and her cats for $50,190 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of On the Road (1957) which was also inscribed by Kerouac to his lover Joyce Johnson for $185,500 in October of 2002.

Documents

Sotheby's in New York sold:

  • An autograph manuscript of "The Haunted Life" (circa 1944) along with an early version of The Town and the City for $95,600 in June of 2002.
  • An autograph manuscript of "‘Golden Jack" along with references to On the Road and Doctor Sax for $57,000 in April of 2004.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A typescript scroll of the first draft of The Dharma Bums (circa 1957) for $130,700 in April of 2003.
  • A typescript scroll of his article "Origins of the Beat Generation" (circa 1959) for $32,900 in October of 2001.
  • A typed manuscript of Visions of Cody (1959) along with approximately 205 autographed additions and revisions by Kerouac for $71,700 in December of 2003.
  • A typescript scroll of On the Road (1957) which was written in 1951 for $2,426,000 in May of 2001.

Possessions

  • Christie's in New York sold a 3000 manual typewriter which was once used by Jack Kerouac for $22,500 in June of 2010.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of On the Road (1951) are considered to be the most valuable and rare as well as memorabilia which is signed by Kerouac.

Restoration of a first edition copy of any of Kerouac's work is not recommended.

For more information regarding here to find Jack Kerouac memorabilia, visit www.kerouac.com.

 

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