First Book Club Edition, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY SALINGER on the front free endpaper: "To--, with best wishes for his future as a writer. / J.D. Salinger / The Home Office / April 12, 1959"
"The Home Office" was Salinger's term for the offices of The New Yorker magazine, where he published some of his finest short stories. The original owner worked for The New Yorker as a pageboy and one day, as Salinger was putting the finishing touches on one of his stories, summoned the courage to ask the author to sign his book. With letter of provenance from the dedicatee.
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1951. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket; custom half-leather box. Near-fine with only very minor wear. Extremely scarce signed, especially with such a wonderful inscription.