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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
Boston, Little, Brown, 1951. Salinger's classic first book, a coming-of-age novel that has influenced successive generations of young people with its adolescent hero's rejection of the "phoniness" of the adult world around him combined with the authenticity of his voice. Salinger's book retains the freshness it had when first published, and it stands as one of the great fictional accomplishments of 20th century American literature, included on every list of the 100 best novels of the century, and listed as number 2 on the Radcliffe list and number 6 on the Waterstone's list. Minor foxing to top and bottom edges of text block; offsetting to hinges from binder's glue; a very near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with offsetting to the front flap, tanning to the spine, slight rubbing to the spine folds and light wear to the crown. A very nice copy with distinguished provenance: it was a gift from publisher Alfred A. Knopf to a young writer who was interviewing him for a biography, and who later went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in the 1980s. Letter of provenance available. [#028107] $12,000
Chicago, Consolidated Book Publishers, (1942). Salinger's first book appearance, this being the first issue (1942), the state without the head and toe bands. Rubbing to covers; near fine in a near fine, lightly faded mailing box, (printed in red, black and orange rather than the later red, white and blue), which has a revised page count stamped over the original page count. The "2" in the copyright date, which in our experience is always battered, is more clearly visible in this copy than in most other copies of the first issue that we have seen. [#914680] $2,500
(n.p.), (n.p.), [c. 1974]. An unauthorized, bootleg compilation of Salinger's previously published but uncollected short stories, in two volumes. This is a later issue, with both volumes perfectbound in illustrated wrappers and without the story "Go See Eddie" in the second volume. Salinger initiated a lawsuit to suppress this publication, which was successful, although the settlement acknowledged the legitimacy, after a certain period of time, of single, used copies of the collection being sold. Small spot to the cover of Volume 1; near fine. [#033043] $450
Boston, Little Brown, (1963). Salinger's fourth and last book, two long stories of the Glass family. This is the third issue, with the dedication page tipped in after the title page. Spotting to top edge; boards mildly sunned and splayed; very good in a very good, spine-sunned dust jacket with a little wear to the spine. [#024185] $250