"I WONDERED WHY PEOPLE STUDIED SO HARD HOW TO MAKE MONEY AND SO LITTLE HOW TO KEEP IT": FIRST EDITION OF LEFÈVRE'S TO THE LAST PENNY
LEFEVRE, Edwin. To the Last Penny. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, (1917). Octavo, original brown cloth. $1400.
First edition of leading financial journalist Lefèvre's novel about a son struggling to show his father that he can become a success, in original cloth.
One of Wall Street's premiere financial journalists and novelists, Lefèvre "worked at the New York Sun, served as financial editor at Harper's Weekly, and wrote stories for the Saturday Evening Post. He found Wall Street to be an ideal background for his stories because, as he put it, 'there are two big motive powers in men: love and greed'"(Charles Geisst). Lefèvre was famed for his fascinating insights and close attention to the major players on Wall Street. Known best for his Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923) and Making of a Stock Broker (1925), all the works of Lefèvre are highly sought after for their literary merit, their knowledge of Wall Street culture and business history, and their financial observations. To the Last Penny, his 1917 work of fiction, tells the story of young man torn between his deep affection for his father and his need to show independence. First edition: with "Published April, 1917" on copyright page; code "C-R" indicating release in March 1917.
Interior fine, light edge-wear to original cloth. A handsome near-fine copy.