HOLMES, John Clellon.
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.
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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.