A First Edition of Salinger's Acclaimed Second BookJ. D. Salinger. Nine Stories. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1953.
First edition. Octavo. 302 pages.
Publisher's black cloth with gilt stamping to spine. As with all first editions of this book, two paper stocks were used, with one type browning more quickly than the other. Gilt on spine is quite bright and not flaking, unusual for this title. Binding is slightly cocked and is cracked at the second flyleaf, causing some looseness. Outer boards show remnants of adhesive, as do the pastedowns, indicating that the dust jacket had been enclosed in a plastic jacket protector which was subsequently glued to the boards. The adhesive "stain" to boards is faint and shows up as shiny areas on the cloth; brown stains to pastedowns are much more visible, taking up half of the front pastedown and one-third of the rear. There are a few stains throughout, appearing to be caused by coffee spills or splashes. Small stain to top edge. Dust jacket, with price of $3.00, is lightly rubbed, predominantly on the spine. A few chips, mainly at foot of spine and bottom of front flap fold. Short closed tear - about an inch long - to top of rear flap. A few glue stains to front flap and a slight discoloration to the front panel caused by what appears to be tape residue affecting only the word "Catcher" and resulting in a rectangular stain to verso. Colors are still bright, with virtually no fading to spine. Overall, the book is in good to near very good condition, in a much nicer jacket than is normally encountered with this title.
Salinger's critically-acclaimed second book and his first collection of short stories. Printed in an edition of only 5,000 copies.
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