New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. First edition. First edition, first state with "oh catch it" on p 351. One of only 5100 copies printed. Octavo, original dark green cloth. Book nearly Fine, with an early owner's name on the front end paper. Dust jacket Near Fine with the price, $2.50, stamped on the front flap. Minor wear at the extremities, but quite pleasing overall.
A collection of 18 short stories, Taps was the final selection of short stories that Fitzgerald would publish in his lifetime. Seeking to draw together the best remaining representation of his work and reinvigorate a flagging career, he selected an aptly oxymoronic title -- while "taps" is a military bugle call for a funeral, "reveille" is a military drum call for wake-up. Contemporary New York Times critic Edith Walton expressed equal ambivalence about the work: "The characteristic seal of Fitzgerald's brilliance stamps the entire book, but it is a brilliance which splutters off to frequently into mere razzle-dazzle...Scott Fitzgerald's mastery of style -- swift, sure, polished, firm -- is so complete that even his most trivial efforts are dignified by his technical competence." Though it has remained overshadowed by masterworks like The Great Gatsby, the stories in Taps at Reveille capture the end of the jazz age, and all of the struggle being experienced by those of its generation. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #3035)