Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1951. First edition. A bright copy of this iconic work. Book Fine with a few spots on the top-edge of the page block, but clean and fresh throughout with bright gilt on the spine and appearing unread. In a Near Fine dust jacket with slight fading at the spine and touches of rubbing at the spine ends and corners. Nonetheless, a superior copy of a Salinger's masterpiece. This copy correct, with all relevant issue points.
Salinger's novel was not the first coming-of-age story to highlight teenage angst, but it sits squarely as the pinnacle of those efforts. It offers Holden Caulfield's perspective on school, New York City, sexuality, family and friends, and, of course, phonies, with a subtext on alienation and loneliness running throughout the book. “In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition: 'Huckleberry Finn,' 'The Great Gatsby,' and 'The Catcher in the Rye.' Of the three, only 'Catcher' defines an entire region of human experience: it is—in French and Dutch as much as in English—the handbook of the adolescent heart.” (Adam Gopnik writing for "The New Yorker" Feb. 8, 2010). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2138)