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This Side of Paradise by  F. Scott FITZGERALD - Hardcover - Signed - 1920 - from Heritage Book Shop, LLC (SKU: 67951)

This Side of Paradise

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This Side of Paradise


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Signed Edition Of Fitzgerald's First Book in Dust Jacket FITZGERALD, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise. Charles Scribnerís Sons, New York: 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. Bruccoli, Fitzgerald, A.5.1.c.. HBS 67951. $15,000


This Side of Paradise is the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1920, and taking its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem Tiare Tahiti, the book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature and has the book's theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking.


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This Side of Paradise
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Charles Scribnerís Sons
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About Heritage Book Shop, LLC

Owned and operated by Ben Weinstein, who has been in the business of antiquarian books for over fifty years, Heritage Book Shop\'s inventory consists of some of the finest items in the areas of first editions, early printed books, bindings, illustrated books, literature, and manuscripts. Heritage Book Shop serves a clientele base consisting of private collectors as well as esteemed public institutions. We take great pride in the dedication we offer our clients. Whether you are building a first-rate collection of a favorite author or an extensive library, we look forward to offering the experience of our knowledgeable and helpful staff.


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Marbled boards
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