Lot 164FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT
Tales of the Jazz Age. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. First edition, inscribed by Fitzgerald on the front blank, with the Scribner's seal and "Published September, 1922" to the copyright page, second or third issue with "an" for "and" on p. 232 line 6 and battered type. Publisher's cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, the upper cover stamped in blind. 7 1/4 x 5 inches (18.5 x 12.5 cm); 317 pp. Faint ring to upper cover, spine dulled and fraying to tips, bump to foot of rear board, the contents leaves roughly opened with marginal chips, partial offset of inscription to pastedown, a sound copy overall, accompanied by a recent letter of authenticity from Lion Heart Autographs, New York.
Fitzgerald's second book of stories, inscribed "For/Signor Monsieur Herr/Whitney/from/Fitzgerald/(le maistro)". Tales of the Jazz Age includes classics such as: "The Jelly-Bean", "May Day", and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" and "the Curious Case of Benjamin Button." This title is rarely encountered inscribed and we trace very few copies offered at auction. Bruccoli notes that it is unknown if the textual change and battered type occurred in the second or third printing of 1922. Bruccoli A9.I.a
Sold for $11,875
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