"I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes--a fresh green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder."
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF FITZGERALD'S CLASSIC.
In 1925, "Scribners published The Great Gatsby, the novel that secured Fitzgerald's enduring fame. He had reached his full maturity as a writer. The work is often described in terms of a meditation or vision of America because of its judicious use of myth, metaphor, and history. When Fitzgerald was first thinking about his third novel in July 1922, he wrote Perkins that he wanted 'to write something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple [and] intricately patterned' (qtd. in Bruccoli, Grandeur, p. 170). He knew that he was working near his peak--his artistic conscience was pure during the ten months of writing Gatsby. In April 1924 he wrote to Perkins from Great Neck, Long Island, 'I feel I have an enormous power in me now, more than I've ever had in a way ... This book will be a consciously artistic achievement and must depend on that as the first books did not' (Turnbull, Letters, p. 163)" (American National Biography).
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Octavo, original green cloth; custom box. As usual, without the exceedingly rare dust jacket. A few spots of soiling (off-white spots) to cloth. Text clean. With small handsome (apparently contemporary) sticker of a Hollywood bookseller on rear pastedown and spectacular large Art Deco color bookplate on front pastedown. A handsome copy.
Price: $5,800 .