Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Curation #31 from my Kerouac bookshelf: Maggie Cassidy by Jack Kerouac

Item #31 in my Kerouac bookshelf curation project is this copy of Maggie Cassidy by Jack Kerouac. It is a Panther Book showing a copyright date of 1960 and no printing number. It says it's the "First publication in Great Britain." The book is in good condition: the pages are yellowed but the binding is tight and the covers are fairly undamaged. Clean text. The provenance is likely that I bought it used from Amazon. No link for that today since I included it in yesterday's post (which was about my other copy of Maggie Cassidy).

Since I explicated about the book yesterday, I will spare you a repeat. I bought this copy when I already had an old paperback of Maggie Cassidy. Why?

The answer is simple: I liked the cover. Call it "Kerouac porn" if you will, but I love the sexy covers of pulp fiction paperbacks from that era. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, or maybe it's from being conditioned this way from lusting over such covers on the store rack as a boy. Here are some examples if you're not sure what I'm talking about: https://www.pinterest.com/bigcid/sexy-pulp-fiction-covers/?lp=true . Perhaps it's misogynistic of me, but at least I get points for honesty.

Below is a picture of Shelf #1 of my Kerouac bookshelf showing the placement of this book (12th item from the left) on the day I started curating my collection. Next up: The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac.

Shelf #1 of my Kerouac bookshelf


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