Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. Michael Mitchell (jacket design). Early Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Glossy, smooth black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Binding tight and square. Light foxing and discoloration to endpapers and preliminary leaves. Edges have some foxing. Text block is clean, unmarked and mostly bright. 14.5 x 20.5 cm. 277 pp. / Good. Toned. Spine has some fading and head is chipped. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #9939
From our Instagram post for this book, dated 22 March 2019:
Don’t get too excited. This is not a first edition but a book club edition. How can we tell? For one, there’s a blind stamp in the lower right hand corner of the rear board which always indicates book club status. Also, there’s no portrait of Salinger on the back of the dust jacket which is the case for the true first edition; Salinger of course complained and the portrait was removed for later editions.
Still this appears to be an earlier printing of the Book Club Edition and hence valuable.
With the iconic cover art by Michael Mitchell or E. Michael Mitchell as he was sometimes known. One of the few people whom Salinger befriended (they happened to be neighbors as well in Westport, Connecticut). Sadly the two had a falling out in 1990, after which Mitchell sold some letters Salinger had written him to a rare book dealer, which were then exhibited at the Morgan Library in NYC.