Tender is the Night.
A Romance. Decorations by Edward Shenton.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934 Stock Code: 136034
Signed by the authorFirst edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This is a superb copy of Fitzgerald's magnificent yet maligned follow-up to The Great Gatsby. It is one of 19 copies specially signed by the author for the booksellers Hochschild, Kohn & Co. of Baltimore, with their ticket on the rear pastedown.
This enterprising concern, on learning of Fitzgerald's presence in their town, dispatched an employee together with 25 copies of Tender is the Night which the by-then neglected author had agreed to sign. The bookshop assistant returned with just 19 copies, having apparently been "taxed" half a dozen by the great author. This is almost certainly one of those 19 copies.
Tender is the Night was Fitzgerald's fourth novel, appearing some nine years after The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald set out to write an important and in many ways revolutionary work of fiction. Structurally complex, topically dangerous and personally challenging, the struggle of its inception was matched perhaps only by the scale of critical disdain. Fitzgerald was so distressed by the antagonism from most quarters that he agreed to allow later editions to be published with the narrative rearranged chronologically. Only years after his death was the text restored.
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Illustrations in the text by Edward Shenton.
Spine and edges of front cover silver-fished, front inner hinge cracked but firm, a very good copy in the jacket, spine and rear panel mildly toned, with a few shallow chips, some splitting along folds with tape repairs to verso.
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