Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby first edition to lead London sale



2015-06-26 13:57:15

Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby first edition to lead London sale

The first edition copy of F Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby features a restored dust jacket

A first edition copy of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, featuring a restored original dust jacket, is valued at 60,000-80,000 ($95,613-127,485) ahead of a sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London.

The lot is set to cross the block in the 20th Century Books and Works on Paper sale on October 23.

great gatsby dnfa The dust jacket was designed by illustrator Francis Cugat

The dust jacket significantly increases the value of the book, as very few have survived. They were slightly oversized, meaning that most show chipping and other damage.

The bookdisplays the lowercase "j" in Jay Gatsby corrected in ink on the back, and the various tell-tale misprintings in the text that identify it as the first edition.

Fitzgerald was very taken with the design, telling his publisher in a letter: "For Christ's sake don't give anyone that jacket you're saving for me. I've written it into the book."

Earlier this year a copy with an unrestored dust jacket in particularly good condition sold for $377,000 at Sotheby's New York.

According to the PFC40 First Edition Books Index, the value of a good copy has grown by 9.9% pa between 2004 and 2014.

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