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|"... 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 ...." from The Author's
Apology, THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, 1st edition, 3rd printing,
SIDE OF PARADISE, 1920, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE,
1st edition, 3rd printing, 1 of approximately 500 copies fashioned
for the American Booksellers Association meeting. A special page
originally tipped in by the publisher with a photograph of a very young
F. Scott and especially signed by Fitzgerald. 1920.
THIS SIDE OF
PARADISE. by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1st edition/3rd printing.
"1920" printed on title page; "Published April,
1920. Reprinted twice in April, 1920" on copyright
page. Brucolli, A5.I.c.
estimated by Prof. Matthew Bruccoli that about 500 copies of this
printing had a tipped-in glossy leaf inserted into them with "The
Author's Apology" -- each sheet having a photograph of a very young
F. Scott Fitzgerald and each having been signed by him. These
copies were specially prepared for a conference of the American
Booksellers Association. There were a total of 5,000 copies in the
3rd printing; 3,000 in the first printing and 3,025 in the second.
Broun's opinion of Fitzgerald after interviewing him: "... Having
heard Mr. Fitzgerald, we are not entirely minded to abandon our notion
that he is a rather complacent, somewhat pretentious and altogether
self-conscious young man ...." Broun's comment inspired
Fitzgerald to write this "Apology" and have it disrupted in
the May 1920 American Booksellers Association meeting. Some
Sort of Epic Grandeur, Page 140.
Book is in
original green cloth; 305 pages, plus "Author's Apology"
signed insert. Book is in very good plus condition, except gilt
spine lettering is dulled. Internal pages are bright and
clean. There has been a neat reinforcement of the inner front
note: all our F. Scott Fitzgerald signatures and/or inscriptions have
verifiable provenance. We invite you to inquire about any of the
signed or inscribed Fitzgerald books that are of interest to you.
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, 1st edition, 1st printing. April 1920 on
copyright page. F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book -- the one that
rocketed him to fame. 1 of only 3,000 copies published in the
first printing, with 42 printing errors, as listed in Bruccoli's Descriptive
Bibliography, A 5.1.a
very good plus, bright gilt lettering on spine; previous owner's name on
front flyleaf, dated 1920; a few light flaws on covers, but otherwise
fresh looking. If
interested, please inquire.
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