Reminiscences of a Stock Operator.New York, George H. Doran Company, 1923 Stock Code: 99933
NotesFirst edition, a remarkably well preserved example of this book which is extremely hard to find in anything like good condition, having been literally read to pieces. The so-called fictional "Reminiscences" of a stock operator, the work is in fact the result of a series of interviews made by Edwin Lefèvre, a Wall Street journalist, with the renowned stock broker Jesse Livermore, whose own manual of stock-broking, How to Trade in Stocks, was only published in 1940, the year of his suicide.
"More than any other Wall Street writer, Edwin Lefèvre provided America with a peek at what really makes Wall Street tick - human nature... Described as being 'equipped with a genius for speculation - plus the brains not to pursue it.' Lefèvre chose to educate his public about the stock market over some 40 years of financial writing, some fiction and some nonfiction. One point of praise about Lefèvre is that it was always hard to tell fiction from fact. With pointed, logical views about how the market runs its course, he did his best to describe its function and technological mumbo-jumbo, leaving the biggest decision - whether or not to invest - up to his readers... Lefevre was a great source for juicy Wall Street gossip, presenting a wonderful, insider's account of the wild life of wild speculator Jesse Livermore in his book Reminiscences of a Stock Operator. This book is one of my all-time favourites, and I don't think anyone should invest money he deems important without first having read it." Ken Fisher, 100 Minds that made the Market, p. 53ff).
Octavo. Original tan cloth, title in blind impression on front cover, spine lettered in gilt. Housed in a dark brown quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Advertisement "A Selected List of Books on Business and Finance" from Barron's Book Department, Boston, tipped onto rear free endpaper. Ownership stamp of J. A. Wark M.D. to front pastedown, with a gift inscription to him from one Lowell Burrows, a newspaper clipping and bookseller's ticket to the front free endpaper. One or two leaves clumsily opened with short marginal tears, rear joint very slightly strained; an excellent copy, the gilt exceptionally bright and the leaves free from the usual edge toning.
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