"HE WHO SELLS WHAT ISN'T HIS'N MUST BUY IT BACK OR GO TO PRIS'N": FIRST EDITION OF LEFÈVRE'S WALL STREET STORIES, HIS FIRST BOOK
LEFÈVRE, Edwin. Wall Street Stories. New York: McClure, Phillips, 1901. Octavo, original gilt-stamped dark green cloth. $2600.
First edition of this collection of short prose inspired by real events, the first book by acclaimed Wall Street writer Edwin Lefèvre.
"Eight tales of the habits and customs of Wall Street. Some are thinly-veiled portraits of well-known Wall Street characters such as James R. Keene and Daniel Drew" (Hess Collection). A mining engineer turned journalist, Edwin Lefèvre was known for his close attention to the major players on Wall Street. His books, Reminiscences of a Stockbroker and The Making of a Stockbroker in particular, have become stock market classics, much sought after for their literary merit, their insight into Wall Street history, and the financial observations they contain. The first work in this volume, "The Lady and Her Bonds," was the basis for Lefèvre's later novel, Sampson Rock of Wall Street. With stories originally serialized in McClure's Magazine in 1900. Five pages of publisher's advertisements at rear. Early owner inkstamp.
Text fine, front free endpaper renewed with blank leaf from rear, lightest edge-wear, mild rubbing to bright gilt cloth. A handsome about-fine copy.