New York: Grove Press, 1959. First Edition. Octavo. First issue with spine stamped in gold; first issue black and white jacket. Phoenix book store owner Robert Wilson's copy, with a letter SIGNED to him by Kerouac laid in ("To Robert Wilson / from / Jack Kerouac"). The book's title has been typed on the letter; unclear if by Wilson or Kerouac. (Several Kerouac books from Wilson's library had letters laid in. Apparently Kerouac lacked the desire or wherewithal to sign the books themselves, so he offered letters as an alternative.) 242 choruses meant to be read to a jazz accompaniment. A synthesis of jazz, meditation, and Buddhism; one of the most important examples of experimental American poetry of the 20th century, and in some ways the Kerouac title that best illustrates his essentials of spontaneous prose. Near fine in a near fine jacket with light edge wear. Nice copy of one of Kerouac's scarcest books. Housed in a custom clamshell box.