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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, 1920.
IS THE NIGHT
1st edition, 3rd printing, inscribed by F. Scott
Fitzgerald, in original second state dust jacket, 1934
is an original first edition, second state dust jacket, with variant
review quotes on inner front flap. Dust jacket has been stabilized
with curatorial, neutral-Ph materials; however, no restoration has been
applied. Original "$2.50" price appears on inner front
flap. Dust jacket is chipped and missing small areas as exhibited
in the digital images. Please review the condition of this book
thoroughly before considering its acquisition.
We judge this book to be in good-to-good-plus condition.
Book has been subjected
to bruising and other such contusions similar to dust jacket.
Note the missing lower right-hand corner of front cover (1
millimeter by 1 millimeter). This
does match the paper loss on the front panel of the dust jacket.
Cloth of front cover has some areas of light discoloration, generally
near the bottom edge and on right-hand side.
There is also some light discoloration on back cover, also near
the bottom edge. As to the
spine cloth, it has been sunned, resulting in the gilt lettering being
faded. The spine’s head and toe are lightly frayed. The
base of the page gathers, near the front of the book (first 6 to 8
pages) has suffered an upward bruise which has pushed up the edges of
the first 6 to 7 pages by about a millimeter or so. This damage is
evident in some of the exhibited digital images; however, after Page 7
this damage disappears. The aforementioned contusion also caused
short interior, closed tears in several pages, two to three inches up
from the bottom of the book; all of which have been professionally
repaired with neutral-Ph materials.
The book’s pages are slightly toned throughout; but there is no
foxing, and few other significant flaws.
Chidsey was born in
in 1907, and later married Donald Barr Chidsey, a novelist and
biographer. Shirley worked as an editor and assisted Charles
Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, both authors, on The Bounty Trilogy (The
Mutiny on the Bounty, 1932; Men Against the Sea,
1933; and, Pitcairn's Island, 1934). Later, Shirley
became an assistant editor at Knopf.
She stayed in publishing most of her. After divorcing
Donald Barr Chidsey, she remarried and took on the name Shirley
Bridgwater. This book has an excellent provenance and was
purchased from an estate of one of Shirley Chidsey's relatives in
. When F. Scott Fitzgerald met Shirley Chidsey in
, she was married to the author, Donald Barr Chidsey.
Hayworth Avenue, Hollywood, California
apartment where F. Scott Fitzgerald died in December 1940.
Apartment was actually that of Sheila Graham, journalist and
Fitzgerald's companion in his last years. The apartment was on
the second floor.
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.
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