TAPS AT REVEILLE, IN SCARCE FIRST-STATE DUST JACKET
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Taps at Reveille. New York: Scribner's, 1935. Octavo, original dark green cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $11,000.
First edition, first state, of the last collection of Fitzgerald’s short stories published during his life, in rare first-state dust jacket. One of only 5100 copies printed.
Fitzgerald chose for inclusion in this volume what he considered his best short stories from the previous decade—many of which dealt with a pre-war boy in his middle teens. "Mr. Fitzgerald is always miraculously adept at describing adolescent love affairs and adolescent swagger" (Edith Walton). Included is the much-anthologized story "Babylon Revisited." First state, with pages 349-52 uncancelled. Presumed second state dust jacket; first state dust jackets did not have a price printed on the front flap, and the present dust jacket has been price-clipped. Bruccoli A18.1.a1.
Book with only very faint discoloration to cloth, about-fine; price-clipped dust jacket with a few minor rubs to corners, faint fold line along spine, near-fine. A beautiful copy, extraordinarily bright and crisp.