Signed Edition Of Fitzgerald's First Book in Dust Jacket
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons , 1920.
First edition, third printing (issued the same month as the first and the only printing with Fitzgerald's signatures) of Fitzgerald's first novel, one of approximately 500 copies with the tipped-in "Author's Apology" leaf boldly signed in pen, "Sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald." Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 190 x 133 mm). [8], [1]-305, [1, blank] pp.

Publisher's original full green cloth. Front board lettered in blind. Spine lettered in gilt. Fitzgerald's signature bold and fine. Near-fine cloth. Gilt bright, but just barely rubbed on a few letters. An exceptional copy. In contemporary Scribner's (not first edition) dust jacket. Jacket with a few chips along edges. Tape repairs along the joints on the inside of the jacket, barely visible on the outside of jacket. Spine of jacket a bit darkened. Overall very good. Housed in a quarter morocco over marbled boards clamshell.

Third printing (the only issued with the tipped-in "Apology"), published in the same month as the first. Prepared for an American Booksellers Association convention, Fitzgerald's signed "Apology" reads: "I don't want to talk about myself because I'll admit I did that somewhat in this book. In fact, to write it took three months; to conceive it-three minutes; to collect the data in it-all my life. The idea of writing it came on the first of last July: it was a substitute form of dissipation. My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence: An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward. So, gentlemen, consider all the cocktails mentioned in this book drunk by me as a toast to the American Booksellers Association. May, 1920." Contrary to his claim, Fitzgerald began writing the novel in 1917, revising it several times until Scribner's accepted it for publication in 1919.

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