New York: Farrar, Strauss and Company, 1963. James Spanfeller. Stated First Printing. Hardcover. Stated First Printing. Black cloth spine over pink and white paper covered boards. Corners nudged, some fading to boards. In good dust jacket with original $3.95 price on inside flap, light soiling, edgewear and some light chipping at top. Jacket in a mylar protector. Illustrated by James Spanfeller, Interior clean, no marks. Textblock square, binding solid. Very Good in Good Dust Jacket. Item #76043
VISIONS OF GERARD is "...the first volume in Kerouac's "Duluoz Legend". Uniquely among Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard focuses on the scenes and sensations of childhood as evidenced in the tragically short yet happy life of his older brother, Gerard. Kerouac paints a picture of the boy as a saint, who loves all creatures and teaches this doctrine to four-year-old Jack. Set in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, it is a beautiful but unsettling exploration of the meaning and precariousness of existence...Throughout the novel, Jack explores perspective and interpretations of the world—existence, reality, illusion—and through the death of his older brother Gerard, Jack realizes the truth that has been passed on throughout history... (Wikipedia).