New York: The Hearst Corporation, 1960. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's illustrated paper wraps, all edges stained yellow.
True first edition of Kerouac's novel about a heroin-addicted Mexico City prostitute. "'Tristessa' will seem like so much more of the same to those who never did care for Kerouac's work – but read it out of boredom or to be "with it" cocktail party-wise. For those who do care about his work, it swings" (New York Times Book Review, by a critic "conversant with avant-garde fiction"). Avon Original #T-429. Spine slightly rolled, mild toning to text. Very nearly fine. Item #2315