First Edition Points and Criteria for On the Road

Year Published: 1957
Author Last Name: Kerouac
Author First Name: Jack
Publisher: Viking
Original Price: $3.95
Pages: 310

"PUBLISHED IN 1957 BY THE VIKING PRESS, INC." is stated on the copyright page with no other references to subsequent printings. "PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY THE COLONIAL PRESS INC." is stated on the bottom of the copyright page. "ON THE ROAD" is printed in white on the front of the book. Dust jacket says "ON THE ROAD $3.95" at the top of the inside front flap, and has blue and red bands at the top and bottom of the rear panel.

On the Road is one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels. Other Time 100 Novels include Lolita and A Death in the Family

Picture of the 1957 first edition dust jacket for On the Road.
Picture of the 1957 first edition dust jacket for On the Road.

Picture of the first edition copyright page for On the Road.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for On the Road.

Picture of dust jacket where original $3.95 price is found for On the Road.
Picture of dust jacket where original $3.95 price is found for On the Road.

Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of On the Road.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of On the Road.

Picture of the first edition Viking boards for On the Road.
Picture of the first edition Viking boards for On the Road.

Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of On the Road.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of On the Road.

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