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HOLMES, John Clellon.

The Horn.

Published: New York: Random House, 1958

Stock code: 98503

Price: £2,250

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First edition, first printing. Dedication copy inscribed by the author to his wife on the front free endpaper, “July 11, 1958, for Shirley – because of bright nights during a cold winter – in Le Downbeat, and for her birthday and our love, John”. The printed dedication reads: “For Shirley, who listened and for Jack Kerouac, who talked”. This is one the two potential dedication copies inscribed by Holmes to his wife on 11 July 1958. In a 1977 letter to his bibliographer about the gestation of the novel, Holmes noted: “Shirley’s moist eyes when she finished the last chapter in manuscript made it worth it”. The Horn is considered to be the definitive jazz novel of the Beat Generation.

Octavo. original black cloth-backed green paper boards, titles to spine in white, blue and grey, top edge black. With the dust jacket. Top edge of text block a little dusty, contents faintly toned. An excellent copy in a rubbed jacket.

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