PxPixel
University Archives

Lot 175

Previous image preload Next image preload

Description:

Kerouac Private Printing: "Not Long Ago Joy Abounded At Christmas" Written by Jack Kerouac in 1957

"Not Long Ago Joy Abounded At Christmas". Written by Jack Kerouac in 1957, the same year as the publication of his iconic masterpiece, "On The Road". This copy was then later privately printed posthumously as a 5.5" x 8.25", 5 page pamphlet by Kerouac's Wife, Stella Kerouac, in 1988, Boston, Mass. Stella also inscribed the front fly leaf to her brother, John Sampas, "To my dear brother John, Love Stella". Stamped on the title page with the Jack Kerouac Estate stamp and bearing the raised blind seal from Executor of the Estate, John Sampas. John Shen-Sampas is the son of John Sampas, who was the brother-in-law of Jack Kerouac, and the brother of Stella Kerouac, Jack's wife. Unknown printing size but likely extremely small. Fine condition soft red outer wraps, bound with two staples.

Consisting of one short story/essay - more of a reflection by Kerouac of the demise of the wonderment of Christmas and the Christmas spirit. The story was written with immense visual and emotional detail bringing the reader into Kerouac's life as a child, seeing Christmas through his eyes. Of importance here is to note how much Kerouac reveled in his Catholic upbringing. This again brings us full circle to understanding Kerouac's masterpiece, "On The Road", which according to him "was really a story about two Catholic buddies roaming the country in search of God." It is therefore not a coincidence that during this same period, he would write about what he sees as the demise of the meaning of Christmas with the opening paragraph of this short piece of:

"I think the celebration of Christmas has changed within the short span of my own lifetime. Only twenty years ago, before World War II, it seems to me that Christmas was still being celebrated with a naive and joyous innocence whereas today you hear the expression that "Christmas comes once a year like taxes".

From this opening sentence, Kerouac then proceeds to describe the wonderment of his youthful experience with religion. Given the piece was written during the same period as "On the Road", the reader can see that at the heart of all his work, is the Catholic and Beat insistence upon an underlying spirituality that inhabits all creation. Kerouac saw the world, and everything in it, as Holy. In his view, all experience was an opportunity to, as Wordsworth put it, “see into the life of things.” And as Sal Paradise (Kerouac) and Dean Moriarty and all the other rogues, misfits and castaways of “On the Road” go tearing about the country in a wild ecstasy, their adventures of reckless abandon really become inquiries into what are the real values, truths and myths of America. What they expose is phony and sad. This similar haunting revelation about human nature is also touched upon within this piece by Kerouac "Not Long Ago Joy Abounded At Christmas".

An extraordinary privately printed piece. Offering great insight into the mind of Jack. We have not seen another copy.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

WE PROVIDE IN-HOUSE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

Online Payments Accepted

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Paypal, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer

Shipping

We do our own in-house worldwide shipping!

Applicable shipping and handling charges will be added to the invoice. We offer several shipping options, and remain one of the few auction houses who proudly provides professional in-house shipping as an option to our clients. All items will ship with signature required, and full insurance. Most items are sent via Federal Express, with P. O. Box addresses being sent through USPS. We insure through Berkley Asset Protection with rates of $.70 per $100 of value, among the lowest insurance rates in the industry. Our shipping department cameras document every package, both outgoing and incoming, for maximum security. In addition, we compare our shipping and handling rates against those of other auction houses, to ensure that our charges are among the lowest in the trade.

Upon winning your item(s), you will receive an invoice with our in-house shipping and handling fees included. ***We will ship to the address as it appears on your invoice, unless you inform us otherwise, immediately upon your receipt of invoice***

International shipments: In order to comply with our insurance provider, all international shipments will be sent via Fed Ex and customs paperwork will show a value of $1.00. International buyers should contact our office directly with any questions regarding this policy.

Third Party Shipping Option: If a third party shipper is preferred, the buyer is responsible for contacting them directly to make shipping arrangements. For your convenience, we have provided some recommended shippers. For your protection, we will require a signed release from you, confirming your authorization for us to release your lots to your specified third party Please copy and paste this following link into your browser: http://universityarchives.com/UserFiles/ShippingInfo.pdf. At that point, our responsibility and insurance coverage for your item(s) ceases. Items picked up by third party shippers are required to pay Connecticut sales tax. Items requiring third party shipping due to being oversized, fragile or bulky will be denoted in the item description.

Please see our full terms and conditions for names of suggested third party shippers.


After payment has been made in full, University Archives will ship your purchase within 5 business days following receipt of full payment for item.


Please remember that the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs from University Archives' offices in Westport, CT to the buyer's door. Please see full Terms and Conditions of Sale.

September 30, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

Westport, CT, US

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 25.0% and any applicable taxes and shipping

View full terms and conditions

From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $299 $20
$300 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $2,999 $200
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,500
$50,000 + $5,000