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    A Finely Bound First Issue Copy of THE Great American Novel

    [Jack Fitterer, bookbinder]. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925.

    First edition, first issue with all points (page 60, line 16: "chatter"; page 119, line 22: "northern"; page 165, line 16: "it's"; page 205, lines 9-10: "sick in tired"; page 211, lines 7-8: "Union Street station"; Scribner's seal on copyright page). Octavo. 218 pages.

    Beautifully bound in period deco style by New York binder Jack Fitterer. The binding is deep full green morocco with lighter green inlays outlined in silver, silver spine titles, and matching marbled endpapers. A fabulous binding evocative of the Roaring Twenties. Sheets slightly age-toned. Minor creasing at the gutter to some pages. A very good copy in a sturdy binding which is itself in very fine condition.

    Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A11.1.a.

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    "Fitzgerald reached a large public with This Side of Paradise (1920); an adolescent collegiate best-seller influenced by Rupert Brooke and Compton Mackenzie. It is all the more to his credit that he should have moved on to this light-hearted masterpiece of the boom years (one of the half-dozen best American novels) which won the instant acclaim of Eliot. There is evidence of weakness and there are shifts of emphasis in 'Gatsby', but it 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" (Connolly, The Modern Movement, 48).

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