First edition, first printing of the famed novel exploring the poisons laced into the American dream – in the legendary original dust jacket, restored second issue (with "Jay" on rear panel).
Near fine in like jacket.
"[T]he most eloquent dust jacket in American literary history" – Matthew J. Bruccoli
THE GREAT GATSBY has long captivated readers with its tragic lyricism; as a core text of English curricula, it is also one of the most read novels across centuries of American literature. And in the realm of book collecting, THE GREAT GATSBY is the most famous of all modern first editions: like the Mona Lisa, it is now famous for being famous. Its reputation here lies in its celebrated dust jacket by Francis Cugat. Fitzgerald was so taken with Cugat's painting that, when the publication of GATSBY was delayed another season, he begged his editor to ensure it would be saved for him: "For Christs sake don't give anyone that jacket you're saving for me. I've written it into the book." In this the jacket art can be viewed as a "form of 'collaboration' between author and jacket artist" (Scribner). This elegant example of the combination of text and design appeared in the very decade in which dust jackets would begin to be viewed as a critical trait of a modern book, and was arguably a turning point in their later acceptance. Today, most rare books from about 1925 or later that were issued with jackets are not considered "complete" without them. Notoriously elusive and highly sought, this jacket is a symbol of the triumph of the book as an art object.
Read more: Charles Scribner III, "Celestial Eyes: From Metamorphosis to Masterpiece," in Princeton University Library Chronicle, Vol. LIII, 1991-1992; Bruccoli, F.Scott Fitzgerald: A Descriptive Bibliography, A 11.1.a.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. 7.5'' x 5.25''. Original green cloth stamped in blind on front board, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($2.00) color pictorial dust jacket with glowing eyes design over a field of blue, after art by Francis Cugat. Fore-edge machine deckle. Scribner's seal on copyright page. With "sick in tired" on page 205, and all other textual points for first printing according to Broccoli. , 218 pages. Housed in custom quarter blue goatskin clamshell box. Jacket expertly restored: shows beautifully.
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