New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First edition. A Fine copy of Fitzgerald's third collection of short stories. Either second or third issue with battered type on pgs. 38, 90 and 248. Book square and sharp, with brilliant gilt on the spine panel. In a Very Good dust jacket with a large chip at the top of the spine (no titling affected), and the front spine fold cracked and repaired with reversible, archival tissue. Very little battering to the lips of the woman on the front panel.
Fitzgerald’s third collection of short stories, written during a time of great difficulty. Around the time of the publication of All the Sad Young Men, Fitzgerald had just experienced a number of personal failures – including illness and debt. Despite this, the collection would include some of his most notable shorter work. Among them are “Absolution,” a story that was originally written as a kind of beginning to The Great Gatsby and “The Rich Boy” which noted Fitzgerald scholar Matthew Bruccoli describes as “Fitzgerald’s most important novelette.” “The publication of this volume of short stories might easily have been an anti-climax after the perfection and success of ‘The Great Gatsby’ last spring…but it has stories of fine insight and finished craft.” (Contemporary New York Times Review) Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1306)