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THE GREAT GATSBY. [First Edition.] 1925 by  F. Scott FITZGERALD - FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING - 1925 - from Merchants Rare Books (SKU: 2329)

THE GREAT GATSBY. [First Edition.] 1925

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING. First Printing, with all required points in accordance with the Fitzgerald bibliography by Bruccoli: 1925 on the title and copyright pages. The Scribner's Seal on the copyright page. And all typing errors: 1) Page 60, line 16 says "chatter". 2) Page 119, line 22 says "northern". 3) page 205, lines 9-10 says "sick in tired". 4) Page 165, line 16 says "it's", and on line 29 (the bottom line) space after "away". 5) Page 211, lines 7-8 says "Union Street station". This book was originally issued with a dust jacket that is now virtually unobtainable, and not included with this copy. Copies of the dust jacket are seldom seen, with the few that are available, and still intact, listed between one-hundred and five-hundred thousand dollars. The book alone retails at roughly one percent of the value of it's dust jacket. Bound in the publisher's green woven cloth binding. The spine embossed in gilt, with the cover blindstamped, as issued. A fairly simple, yet pleasing binding. 218 pages. This book comes together with a facsimile (reproduction) dust jacket, for protection and aesthetics. The facsimile jacket is protected in a removable archival plastic dust jacket, as well. There is some general usage wear and abrasion. The gilding to the spine is predominantly intact, often found rubbed off. The hinges are sound. The internal hinge paper shows some separation, as is often seen with this book. Some generalized signs of usage, infrequent thumbing, some foxing but more prevalent to the first few pages, a couple page creases. A large number of pages with ballpoint ink predominantly in the margins, with some evidence or archival conservation to remove it. Complete and intact. The rear blank end paper with a tiny edge chip and crease. No previous signs of ownership. Small inconspicuous ink stamp at the bottom of the rear pastedown. A very presentable copy of this American classic. Although The Great Gatsby garnered critical acclaim when it was first published, at the time of Fitzgeralds death in 1940 at age 44, he had largely been dismissed as a writer who failed to reach his full, promising potential. However, Bruccoli notes that a "resurrection" of Fitzgerald began during World War II, when copies of The Great Gatsby were distributed by the Armed Services Editions program. The novels popularity soared and has never waned since then; The Great Gatsby is now secure in the canon of American literature. (Bruccoli A11.I.a) First published on April 10, 1925, it is set on Long Island's North Shore and in New York City during the summer of 1922. It is a critique of the American Dream. The original run consisted of just over 20,000 copies, and it was not until after World War II that Fitzgerald reached the height of his fame. It is one of the most sought after first editions in American literature. All books are professionally wrapped, to help ensure safe handling during transit. We regularly ship internationally. And, we offer a full refund guarantee, per our terms as described on our site, with notification of such intent requested. Additional photographs are available. Please contact us with any inquiries.


Written in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be one of the author’s greatest works. Set in New York City and Long Island during the Roaring Twenties, the focus of the story is (of course) its title character, Jay Gatsby, and his unswerving desire to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier. However, Nick Carraway, who happens to be both Gatsby’s neighbor and Daisy’s cousin, narrates Gatsby's journey from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved, and eventually to death. The Great Gatsby is undoubtedly one of the greatest American literary documents of the 1920s, the decade for which Fitzgerald himself coined the term “Jazz Age.” However, in writing the book, Fitzgerald was in fact holding up a mirror to the society of which he was a part. In true Modernist fashion, The Great Gatsby addresses the social issues of the period — namely materialism and displaced spirituality — that ultimately led the decline of the era. The novel’s initial sales situation was less than impressive; fewer than 25,000 copies were sold by Fitzgerald’s death in 1940. But The Great Gatsby gained great popularity during WWII as the critical mainstream began to embrace the author’s work. The Armed Services Editions circulated 150,000 copies to troops alone. Today, The Great Gatsby has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, sells an additional 500,000 copies annually, and is Scribner's most popular title. Ranked #2 on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, the novel is also listed on their Top 100 Novels as well as The Observer’s All-Time 100 Best Novels and Time Magazine’s 100 Best Modern Novels. The Great Gatsby has resulted in a number of adaptations, including Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton.

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On Dec 31 2016, a reader said:
I agree... Shows power of media influence, especially after Mia Farrow's abysmal performance as "Daisy">.

The book was required reading in high school, and really overpriced, story mediocre.
On Sep 28 2015, a reader said:
Instead of buying this book use the money to put a child through college
On Dec 7 2004, Pazzo Books said:
Not even his third best book, and one of the most overblown pieces of literature ever written. Critics and high-school teachers have turned what is essentially an interesting period piece into one of the unquestioned giants of literature. Try Tender is the Night.


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