It's a while since I've done this - bought a book for its cover. But you have to admit, this is a nice one.
Jack Keroauc's second-best-known novel and the high watermark of the Beats' dalliance with Buddhism. The Dharma Bums came out in the US in 1958 (the year after On the Road) - this is the cover of the first UK edition, published by Andre Deutsch the following year.
The novel is the story of the search, spiritual and otherwise, of Kerouac and his mate Gary Snyder (Japhy Ryder in the pages of the novel). This cover design is by Bernard Blatch, who very happily is still around.
I picked this up, for rather more than a pittance, from my local Oxfam bookshop - it only went on display this morning.
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