FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT Tender is the Night.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Publisher's advance review copy, first printing with "A" and the publisher's seal to the copyright leaf. Publisher's brown paper wrappers. 7 1/4 x 5 inches (18.5 x 12.5 cm); [viii], 408 pp., illustrations by Edward Shenton. Title, author and publication date written on the front wrapper, with a (pale) damp-stain affecting the lower quarter of the title on the wrapper and free endpaper, the text block with a minute residual stain just visible in the extreme outer margin of the first ten leaves or so.
This was the only Fitzgerald title to appear in an advance form. Bruccoli records that approximately 500 copies review were ordered, "but it is unlikely that that many copies were distributed because it is so rare." These are recorded by him to have been bound in wrappers made from a dust jacket trimmed to size, but that is not the case here. The text-block of this variant is about an eighth of an inch shorter than the published book, and the brown wrappers are clearly integral with the text block, and show no sign of ever having had the wrapper mounted to them (this was affixed to the binding of the recorded advance copies, and was not easily detachable). We conjecture that this is an earlier state of the ARC than that Bruccoli describes, prepared perhaps before the jacket design was available. He notes only three copies in institutions; additionally, we note three copies in the auction records only, back to 1975 (and none offered after 1995), and one copy presently offered in the book trade. To quote Bruccoli again: "These are the most collectible copies of Tender is the Night in terms of priority and rarity."
C Estate of Robin Gottlieb
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