Franny and Zooey.
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title: “New York, N.Y. March 18, 1962 with best wishes, J. D. Salinger”. Salinger’s short story “Franny” and his novella “Zooey” were originally published separately in the New Yorker in 1955 and 1957, respectively. The characters Franny and Zooey, both in their twenties, are the two youngest members of the Glass family – a frequent focus of Salinger’s writings. The book was a success and spent 25 weeks at the top of The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list in 1961 and 1962 and was positively reviewed by John Updike. Books signed by Salinger are most uncommon.
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Octavo. Original blue-grey cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Jacket spine creased at head and tail, spine of binding and head of front cover sunned, spine slightly rolled, old dampstain at foot of front cover with subsequent cockling of leaves (but no staining). Nevertheless a very good copy in an excellent example of the jacket.