First paperback edition of Salinger's classic.
"This unusual book may shock you, will make you laugh, and may break your heart – but you will never forget it."
Featuring a rather unimaginative and literal rendering of Holden Caufield's NYC adventures by James Avati, this edition's cover art so horrified Salinger that he insisted on purely typographic covers on all of his books for the rest of his career ("... he would be happier if the book was distributed in mimeographed form" - editor Marc Jaffe quoted in Two-Bit Culture: The Paperbacking of America). Nice examples are difficult to find.
New York: Signet Books. 1001, (1953). 7'' x 4.25''. Original color pictorial mass market wrappers, cover art by Avati. All edges stained red. 1 page of ads at rear. 159,  pages. Light rubbing and edgewear, slight lean.
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