Item #68907 This Side of Paradise. F. Scott FITZGERALD.
This Side of Paradise
This Side of Paradise
This Side of Paradise
This Side of Paradise

Fitzgerald’s First Book in the Restored Original Dust Jacket

This Side of Paradise.

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920.

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920.

First edition, first printing. Only 3,000 copies printed (compared to just under 21,000 copies of The Great Gatsby) of which only a handful survive in the original dust jacket. Copyright page states "Published April, 1920" with the Scribner's Seal and no statements of reprinting. Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches; 193 x 132 mm). [8], 305, [7, blank] pp. This copy has a previous owner's inscription on the front free endpaper which is dated April 11, 1920 and reads "To Dear Old 1786, From Cuzzled." This book was published on March 26th, 1920, so this had to have been one of the earliest printed copies.

Original dark bluish green linen-like grain cloth lettered in blind on front cover and ruled and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge dyed brown, others uncut. Some very minor shelfwear to the head and tail of the spine and corners. Inner hinges with hairline cracks, but holding firm. Pages lightly toned, but still a very good copy. In the scarce original pictorial dust jacket. Jacket has been expertly restored with a the front flap in facsimile. Also restored it the top 1/8 -inch of the upper edge and left corner of the front panel, with the "TH" of "THIS" in facsimile, the top of the spine with "This Side of" and most of "Paradise" in facsimile. The bottom of the spine with the "BNERS" of Scribners in facsimile. The back panel has restoration to top and bottom edge, and "IBNER FI" of "Scribner Fiction" in facsimile. The back flap also has restoration along edges. The whole jacket has been backed. Even with all of the restoration, this is still a scarce item. Any jacket for this book is a rare find, even with heavy restoration. Overall a very good set. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell.

Fitzgerald had previously written lyrics to musical comedies that were privately published by Princeton University. This is his first literary work.

"Immature though it seems today, [This Side of Paradise] when it was first published was considered a revelation of new morality of the young in the early Jazz Age; and it made Fitzgerald famous. The novel's hero, Amory Blaine, is a handsome, spoiled young man who attends Princeton, becomes involved in literary activities and has several ill-fated romances. A portrait of the Lost Generation, the novel addresses Fitzgerald's later theme of love distorted by social climbing and greed" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). "Fitzgerald was still at university when he submitted the manuscript, then titled The Romantic Egoist, to Charles Scribner, whom he had known at Princeton. It was published on 26 March 1920, was an immediate success, and launched Fitzgerald's literary career." (Sotheby's).

Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A5.1.a

HBS 68907.


Price: $27,500.00

Item #68907

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