Jack Kerouac Book Covers

A selection of front covers of various editions of On the Road (click on thumbnail to enlarge)


"When I'm old, you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to study languages reading these."
(Kerouac's comment on the foreign editions of his books, 1966.)


UK Editions:

UK 1958 UK 1958 UK 1961 UK 1963 UK 1962 UK 1972 UK 1973
Deutsch 1958 Deutsch 1958 Pan Giant 1961 Pan 1963 Deutsch 1962 Penguin 1972 Deutsch 1973
UK 1980 UK 1987 UK 1989 UK 1991 UK 1998 UK 1999 UK 2000
Penguin 1980 Penguin 1987 Penguin 1989 Penguin 1991 Penguin 1998 Penguin 1999 Penguin 2000
UK 2007 UK 2007 UK 2007 UK 2008 UK 2008 Australia 2008 UK 2011
Penguin 2007 Allen Lane 2007 Penguin 2007 Penguin 2008 Penguin 2008 Penguin (Aus) 2008 Penguin 2011
UK 2011 UK 2012 UK 2012 Australia 2012
Penguin 2011 Penguin 2012 Penguin (Tele) 2012 Penguin (Aus) 2012

USA Editions:

USA 1957 USA 1962 USA 1971 USA 1958 USA 1965 USA 1967 USA 1968
Viking 1957 Viking 1962 Viking 1971 Signet 1958 Signet 1965 Signet 1967 Signet 1968
USA 1977 USA 1982 USA 1980 USA 1990 USA 1990 USA 1991 USA 1994
Signet 1977 Signet 1982 Penguin 1980 Penguin 1990 Penguin 1990 Penguin 1991 Penguin 1994
USA 1999 USA 2002 USA 2003 USA 2005 USA 1976 USA 1978 USA Viking 1979
Penguin 1999 Penguin 2002 Penguin 2003 Penguin 2005 Amereon 1976 Buccaneer 1978 Viking 1979
USA Penguin 1979 USA 1993 USA 1997 USA 2007 USA 2007 USA 2007 USA 2007
Penguin 1979 Quality 1993 Viking 1997 Penguin 2007 Viking 2007 Lib of America 2007 Viking 2007 (proof)
USA 2007 USA 2008 USA 2010 USA 2011 USA 2011 USA 2012 USA 2012
Viking 2007 Penguin 2008 Folio 2010 Penguin 2011 Penguin 2011 Penguin 2012 Penguin 2012

German Editions:

Germany 1959 Proof Germany 1959 Germany 1968 East Germany 1978 Germany 1993 Germany 1996 Germany 1998
Rowohlt 1959 Rowohlt 1959 Rororo 1968 Reclam (GDR) 1978 Rororo 1993 Bertelsmann 1996 Rororo 1998
Germany 2000 Germany 2002 Germany 2004 Germany 2006 Germany 2010 Germany 2011 Germany 2012
Rororo 2000 Rororo 2002 Rororo 2004 Rororo 2006 Rororo 2010 Rororo 2011 Rororo 2012 (proof)
Germany 2012
Rororo 2012

Dutch Editions:

Netherlands 1961 Netherlands 1970 Netherlands 1974 Netherlands 1978 Netherlands 1988 Netherlands 1989 Netherlands 1994
De Bezige Bij 1961 De Bezige Bij 1970 De Bezige Bij 1974 De Bezige Bij 1978 De Bezige Bij 1988 De Bezige Bij 1989 De Bezige Bij 1994
Netherlands 1996 Netherlands 1999 Netherlands 2004 Netherlands 2006 Netherlands 2007 Netherlands 2012
De Bezige Bij 1996 De Bezige Bij 1999 Areopagus 2004 De Bezige Bij 2006 De Bezige Bij 2007 De Bij 2012

French Editions:

France 1960 France 1972 France 1987 France 1990 France 1997 France 2003 France 2004
Gallimard 1960 Gallimard 1972 Gallimard 1987 Gallimard 1990 Gallimard 1997 Gallimard 2003 Gallimard 2004
France 2007 France 2010 France 2012 France 2012
Gallimard 2007 Gallimard 2010 Gallimard 2012 Gallimard 2012

Italian Editions:

Italy 1959 Italy 1967 Italy 1970 Italy 1970 Italy 1970 Italy 1974 Italy 1981
Mondadori 1959 Mondadori 1967 Mondadori 1970 Mondadori 1970 Mondadori 1970 Mondadori 1974 Mondadori 1981
Italy 1985 Italy 1989 Italy 1993 Italy 1994 Italy 1995 Italy 1995 Italy 1995
Euroclub 1985 Mondadori 1989 Club Degli 1993 Leonardo 1994 Mondadori 1995 Mondadori 1995 Euroclub 1996
Italy 1998 Italy 1999 Italy 2000 Italy 2001 Italy 2001 Italy 2002 Italy 2006
Mondadori 1998 Mondadori 1999 Mondadori 2000 Mondadori 2001 Mondadori 2001 Bib. di Rep. 2002 Mondadori 2006
Italy 2006 Italy 2007 Italy 2007 Italy 2009 Italy 2010 Italy 2010 Italy 2012
Mondadori 2006 Mondadori 2007 Mondadori 2007 Mondadori 2009 Mondadori 2010 Mondadori 2010 Mondadori 2012

Spanish Editions:

Spain 1975 Spain 1981 Spain 1983 Spain 1989 Spain 2001 Spain 2002 Spain 2009
Star Books 1975 Bruguera 1981 Bruguera 1983 Anagrama 1989 Biblioteca 2001 Anagrama 2002 Anagrama 2009
Spain 2012
Anagrama 2012

Spanish (Catalan) Editions:

Spain (Cat) 1989 Spain (Cat) 1996 Spain (Cat) 1998 Spain (Cat) 2000 Spain (Cat) 2009 Spain (Cat) 2010 Spain (Cat) 2010
Editorial Pòrtic 1989 Edicions 62 1996 Edicions 62 1998 Edicions 62 2000 Edicions 62 2009 Labutxaca 2010 Anagrama 2010

Others:

Argentina 1959 Argentina 1969 Argentina 1975 Argentina 1977 Brazil 1984 Brazil 1986 Brazil 1987
Argentina 1959 Argentina 1969 Argentina 1975 Argentina 1977 Brazil 1984 Brazil 1986 Brazil 1987
Brazil 1997 Brazil 2004 Brazil 2008 Brazil 2012 Brazil 2013 Bulgaria 1981 Bulgaria 1983
Brazil 1997 Brazil 2004 Brazil 2008 Brazil 2012 Brazil 2013 Bulgaria 1981 Bulgaria 1983
Bulgaria 1997 China 1998 China 2001 China 2006 China 2009 China 2011 China 2012
Bulgaria 1997 China 1998 China 2001 China 2006 China 2009 China 2011 China 2012
Croatia 1971 Croatia 1997 Czech 1978 Czech 1980 Czech 1980 Czech Rep. 1994 Czech Rep. 1997
Croatia 1971 Croatia 1997 Czech 1978 Czech 1980 Czech 1980 (jacket) Czech Rep. 1994 Czech Rep. 1997
Czech Rep. 2005 Czech Rep. 2009 Denmark 1960 Denmark 1986 Denmark 1988 Denmark 1998 Denmark 2008
Czech Rep. 2005 Czech Rep. 2009 Denmark 1960 Denmark 1986 Denmark 1988 Denmark 1998 Denmark 2008
Estonia 1996 Estonia 2006 Estonia 2011 Finland 1964 Finland 1980 Finland 1988 Finland 2000
Estonia 1996 Estonia 2006 Estonia 2011 Finland 1964 Finland 1980 Finland 1988 Finland 2000
Finland 2007 Finland 2012 Georgia 2011 Greece 1981 Greece 2000 Greece 2007 Hungary 1966
Finland 2007 Finland 2012 Georgia 2011 Greece 1981 Greece 2000 Greece 2007 Hungary 1966
Hungary 1970 Hungary 1983 Hungary 1994 Hungary 1999 Hungary 2004 Hungary 2011 Hungary 2012
Hungary 1970 Hungary 1983 Hungary 1994 Hungary 1999 Hungary 2004 Hungary 2011 Hungary 2012
Iceland 1988 Iceland 2008 Israel 1988 Israel 2009 Japan 1959 Japan 1977 Japan 1983
Iceland 1988 Iceland 2008 Israel 1988 Israel 2009 Japan 1959 Japan 1977 Japan 1983
Japan 2007 Japan 2010 Korea 2009 Lebanon 2007 Lithuania 1972 Lithuania 1991 Lithuania 2004
Japan 2007 Japan 2010 Korea 2009 Lebanon 2007 Lithuania 1972 Lithuania 1991 Lithuania 2004
Lithuania 2007 Lithuania 2009 Lithuania 2010 Macedonia 2010 Norway 1992 Norway 2004 Norway 2012
Lithuania 2007 Lithuania 2009 Lithuania 2010 Macedonia 2010 Norway 1992 Norway 2004 Norway 2012
Poland 1993 Poland 2005 Poland 2011 Poland 2012 Portugal 1960 Portugal 1978 Portugal 1998
Poland 1993 Poland 2005 Poland 2011 Poland 2012 Portugal 1960 Portugal 1978 Portugal 1998
Portugal 2003 Portugal 2011 Portugal 2012 Romania 2003 Romania 2009 Romania 2012 Russia 2000
Portugal 2003 Portugal 2011 Portugal 2012 Romania 2003 Romania 2009 Romania 2012 Russia 2000
Russia 2002 Russia 2003 Russia 2006 Russia 2010 Russia 2012 Russia 2013 Serbia 2005
Russia 2002 Russia 2003 Russia 2006 Russia 2010 Russia 2012 Russia 2013 Serbia 2005
Serbia 2008 Slovakia 1991 Slovakia 2002 Slovakia 2011 Slovakia 2011 Slovenia 1998 Slovenia 2005
Serbia 2008 Slovakia 1991 Slovakia 2002 Slovakia 2011 Slovakia 2011 Slovenia 1998 Slovenia 2005
Slovenia 2010 Sweden 19xx Sweden 1965 Sweden 1976 Sweden 1988 Sweden 2003 Sweden 2009
Slovenia 2010 Sweden 1958 Sweden 1965 Sweden 1976 Sweden 1988 Sweden 2003 Sweden 2009
Sweden 2012 Taiwan 1999 Turkey 1993 Turkey 2008 Turkey 2009 Ukraine 1995 Ukraine 2001
Sweden 2012 Taiwan 1999 Turkey 1993 Turkey 2008 Turkey 2009 Ukraine 1995 Ukraine 2001
Vietnam ?date? Yugoslavia 1988 And finally, Jack
Kerouac's own
design for a book
cover in 1952.
It was never used -
until 2011 in
Slovakia.
Kerouac 1952
Vietnam Yugoslavia 1988 Kerouac 1952



  This published version of On the Road was Kerouac's third attempt at writing his road novel.
  The first was begun in November 1948 and featured hero Ray Smith. This was abandoned, and
  a second version started in March 1949 with hero Ray "Red" Moultrie.

  Further attempts were made in 1950 but proved to be false starts. It was only after Kerouac was
  inspired by the letters of Neal Cassady in late 1950 that he sought to write in a similar free-flowing
  style, the result of which was the famous scroll version of April 1951, which became the basis of the
  published version.

  Kerouac was, however, still dissatisfied with the result and, having been introduced to the concept
  of "sketching" with words in the fall of 1951, he began working on yet another version of his road book,
  completing it while staying at the Cassady home in San Francisco in the early months of 1952.

  Originally titled Visions of Neal, the book, which included a rewrite of the main events described
  in its forerunner, was only published in its complete form, as Visions of Cody, three years after
  Kerouac's death, in 1973.



 Compiled by Dave Moore

 Thanks to Rod Anstee, Jim Ferguson, Giorgio Gelmini, Niels Hansen, Andrew Sclanders, Vojo Sindolic,
 Horst Spandler, Jeff Taylor, and Joe Tily for the use of their book cover images.



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