In the Unrestored Rare First Issue Dust Jacket
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender Is the Night. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons , 1934.
First edition. The book is a first edition, first issue with the Scribner's "A" on verso of title-page. The jacket is a first issue. Octavo (7 3/8 x 5 1/8 inches; 187 x 130 mm). [x], [1-408, [2, blank] pp. In the unrestored first issue dust jacket, having quotes from T.S. Eliot, H.L. Mencken, and Paul Rosenfeld on the front flap, and $2.50 price not clipped.

Original green cloth. Spine stamped in gilt. In the unrestored first issue dust jacket. Jacket with some minor chipping along edges. A small V-shaped chip to the top corner of the jacket spine. Jacket spine has the usual slight touch of dullness. Book fore-edge very slightly foxed. Overall, a very good to fine copy in the exceedingly rare first issue jacket. Housed in a custom red morocco clamshell.

In this novel, the protagonist, psychiatrist Dick Diver, falls in love and marries one of his patients, the beautiful yet disturbed Nicole. Dick’s travails with her (he nurses her to health, but she leaves him for another man and he deteriorates) echo Fitzgerald’s own increasingly sad and desperate life with his mentally ill wife, Zelda. This is perhaps Fitzgerald’s most powerful and tragic work.

Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A.14.1.a.

HBS # 65615 $17,500