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Flappers and Philosophers.

Published: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920

Stock code: 61385

Price: £22,500

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First edition, first printing. With the author’s signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “For George W. with many congratulations and good wishes F. Scott Fitzgerald”. The recipient was George W. Stair – a New York bookseller of the time. He retired from selling new books in the 1920s and was asked by Brentano’s to set up a rare book division. It is tempting to think this book was presented to him to mark that occasion. Whatever is the case this is a lovely association from the New York literary scene of the Roaring Twenties.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to upper board in blind and to spine gilt. With a supplied fifth printing dust jacket. Housed in a dark green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. One leaf roughly opened, very light traces of erasure to endpapers, spine lettering a little dull but an exceptionally nice copy.

Bibliography: Bruccoli A6.I.a

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