First Edition “Gatsby”

Great Gatsby.

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925.

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925.

First edition, first printing, with “chatter” on p. 60, line 16, “northern” on p. 119, line 22, “it’s” on p. 165, line 16, “away” on p. 165, line 29, “sick in tired” on p. 205, lines 9-10, and “Union Street station” on p. 211, lines 7-8. Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; 190 x 130 mm). [6], 218 pp.

Original dark green linen-like grain cloth with front cover lettered in blind and spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Top edge trimmed, others uncut. The gilt on the spine is very bright and not rubbed. Previous owner's old ink inscription dated 1925 on front free endpaper. A few very light spots on cover. Endpapers lightly toned, but overall about fine.

In (Mid-July) 1922, having already written This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald wrote to his publisher Max Perkins, “I want to write something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned” (Bruccoli and Duggan, Correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald, p. 112). The triumphant result three years later was The Great Gatsby, published just before what Fitzgerald called the summer of “1,000 parties and no work” (Fitch, 183). Noted critic Cyril Connolly called Gatsby one of the half dozen best American novels: “[Gatsby] remains a prose poem of delight and sadness which has by now introduced two generations to the romance of America, as Huckleberry Finn and Leaves of Grass introduced those before it” (The Modern Movement, 48).

Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A11.1.a.

HBS 68832.

$5,500.

Price: $5,500.00

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