“THE VICTOR BELONGS TO THE SPOILS”: FIRST ISSUE OF FITZGERALD’S THE BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED IN RARE DUST JACKET
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First edition, first issue, of Fitzgerald's scarce second novel in first-issue dust jacket, housed in a custom half-morocco clamshell box.
"The Beautiful and Damned brought Fitzgerald accolades from those whose opinions he valued. Mencken congratulated him for staking out new ground… Fitzgerald was aiming high; he only wanted to be the best novelist of his generation" (Turnbull, 130-31). Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda in 1930, "I wish The Beautiful and Damned had been a maturely written book because it was all true. We ruined ourselves… I have never honestly thought that we ruined each other" (Bruccoli, 180). First issue, with "Published March, 1922" on copyright page; first-issue dust jacket with letters on upper cover in white, outlined in black. Bruccoli A8.1.a.
Book fine; minor expert restoration to extremely good dust jacket.