There are NO previous owners names inside the book; no annotations; no bookplates; and no stamps of any sorts. The pages are clean and white throughout.
The gild lettering on the spine is vibrant and NOT rubbed out. The boards are clean and not bumped, with no scratches. A trifle of rubbing at the bottom of the front panel.
The page block edges are slightly toned commensurate with age, the top page block edges slightly more dusty. Beautifully clean endpapers and paste downs.The original and unrestored first state dust jacket is in very good condition. The colouring is vibrant and the spines red NOT faded compared to the front panels red. Wear along the top edge as shown: a chip located above the portrait photographs head, small chips at the spines top folds, and a chip just left of the front flaps fold.
Light soiling at bottom of the front panel. The ephemera : Christmas card and envelope inscribed overall and signed by American author J.Composed on a Metropolitan Museum of Art bifold card with a reproduction of Pierre Bonnards lithograph The Little Laundress on the front cover, 3.5 x 4.875. Although Salingers note is undated, it is accompanied by an envelope postmarked from Windsor, Vermont on December 16, 1969. The Christmas card followed a December 9, 1969 letter from correspondent Joyce Miller Hodgins, a contemporary copy of whose letter is included as well. The stamped envelope is addressed to. Hodgins, c/o Myles + ONeill, 60 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass. The ephemera items are in near fine condition.
Joyce Miller Hodgins had been a staff writer at. Where Salinger had published most of his short stories since 1942.
Its likely that Salinger met Joyce through his ties to the magazine. Although most believe that their relationship was never romantic, Salingers biographer Kenneth Slawenski speculates that Salinger may have been interested in Hodgins at one time.
The two corresponded for many years. To inform him of several important life changes, and to thank him for helping her recover from a recent divorce and alcoholism.
Merry Christmas, Jerce, and a fine uplifting New Year. All is calm, all is no dimmer than usual. I live and work on routine, mostly pleasant. Very happy that youre making things go well for yourself. I live and work on routine.
The famous author continued writing manuscripts well after his last work was published in 1965. Salinger needed absolute solitude in order to write, which meant no one could even be in the next room. Often he wrote with the radio on. His writing was based more on applied dedication than moments of genius. Its work, just as any other occupation and its not done by having one stupendous idea break in your head and then grabbing a pencil or typewriter and writing the words as fast as your fingers will go.
You get ideas of course, but plenty of work goes with them. The Catcher in the Rye needs no introduction. Being read in schools, it is one of the landmark novels of 20th century American fiction with global sales exceeding one million copies anually. It has defined and captured the timeless mood of teenage existential angst and that is why the novel has retained its fascination to young readers around the globe.
On our pricing : Genuine handwritten and signed J. Salinger items are exceptionally scarce reflecting the very nature of one of the most reclusive authors who avoided all public attention from early on of his literary carrer. Genuine signed and inscribed copies of The Catcher in the Rye which come with substantial provenance sell for tens of thousands. Salinger has signed very few Catcher copies, mostly to close friends, and colleagues at the New Yorker Magazine. Any flat signed copies that come up on the market are forged and to be avoided.
Even unsigned first edition copies with the first state wrapper in fine condition fetch over ten thousand on their own at auctions. Salinger (1951)'The Catcher in the Rye', US first edition, signed ephemera" is in sale since Sunday, April 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "firstandfine" and is located in Birmingham.This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, United States, Canada.