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    John [Jack] Kerouac. The Town and the City. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1950]. First edition, association copy, inscribed to Al and Helen Hinkle, the models for Ed and Galatea Dunkel in Kerouac's On the Road: "This lousy first book / I dedicate to my old / buddy of old roads / Al Hinkle and / his fine beautiful / Helen-of-Argos wife, / Jack Kerouac / March 20, 1952 / (Winedrinking, French-language night.) / 'Long-stepping Pantrio comes / fulmigating [sic] along the maguey / rows.... The women flow / across the fields with flax / in their arms...'" Octavo (8.0625 x 5.5 inches; 205 x 140 mm.). [2, blank], [vi], 499, [5, blank] pages. Publisher's red cloth, spine and front board lettered and ruled in gilt. Page edges rough-trimmed. Covers lightly worn along the edges and joints, with a little fraying to the cloth at the ends of the joint; backstrip faintly dulled and lightly soiled with a few pale specks; boards with a faint tidemark (that doesn't seem to be causing any structural damage) with a couple small splashes and trace minor soiling; corners bumped. Slightly shaken; top edge of text a little dust-soiled; mild spot staining occasionally scattered throughout the interior; pages 133-140 torn and mended with tape, now yellowed; diagonal tear across leaf with pages. 221-222, lower half completely detached and laid in. A good copy with a remarkable association.

    "Hinkle is known as the 'Last Man Standing,' a reference to his position as the only male character from On the Road who remains alive today. In that novel he was Ed Dunkel, and his wife, Helen, was Galatea. In the original scroll, Hinkle is one of the people to whom Kerouac refers as "they" in his most famous quote, which begins, "they danced down the street like dingledodies..." He was one of the people who Kerouac followed, who inspired Kerouac, who taught Kerouac, and therefore a primary influences on the creation of one of the most significant pieces of mid-twentieth century American literature," David S. Wills, editor, Introduction to "The Last Man Standing: Al Hinkle." Interview in Beatdom #11, accessed online.

    Includes copy of Last Man Standing... Al Hinkle. An interview [with Stephen D. Edington]. Big Ed Dunkel Press, 2011. First edition, limited to 200 copies, of which this is number five, and signed, "Happy Trails / Al Hinkle;" the December 17-23, 1992 issue of Metro. Santa Clara Valley's Weekly Newspaper, Vol. 8, No. 42, with a feature on Hinkle; and a letter of provenance.

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