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J.D. Salinger

Written on February 3, 2010

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Over at the Fine Books and Collections blog, I’ve posted some thoughts on the effects that J.D. Salinger’s death might have on the market for materials signed by him. In summary:

But my guess is that getting a signed book by Salinger will remain a tough and very expensive proposition, while laying one’s hands on a signed letter or note will become somewhat easier and moderately less expensive.

And in honor of Salinger’s passing, thought I’d have a sale on some early, never-republished JDS appearances. Prices are net (i.e. reflect the sale price) and are postpaid (domestic media). A lot price follows.

1) Salinger, J.D. (Contributor). ‘Both Parties Concerned’ in THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, CCXV (Feb. 26th, 1944). New York: The Saturday Evening Post, 1944. First Edition. Folio. Light edgewear and mailing label. Internally bright and clean. Contains Salinger’s uncollected story, Both Parties Concerned, never re-published. Stapled Wraps. Very Good. (1704) $100.00

2) Salinger, J.D. (Contributor). SOFT BOILED SARGEANT in The Saturday Evening Post – April 15, 1944. New York: The Saturday Evening Post, 1944. First Edition. Folio. Mailing label, touches of rubbing/edgewear. Else fine. Uncommonly bright and sound. Originally entitled ‘Death of a Dogface,’ the story details a young soldier’s entry into the military. Some typical Salinger touches (condemnations of ‘phoniness,’ etc.), but predominantly an overly-sentimental apprentice work. Yet one that hints at the perfect modulations of tone Salinger would master in later stories. An uncollected appearance. pp. 18, 32, 82-85. Wraps. Near Fine. (1939) $100.00

3) Burnett, Whit (Editor); J.D. Salinger [Contributor]. ELAINE – in Story, March/April 1945 – Vol. XXVI, No. 112. New York: Story Magazine, 1945. First Edition. 8vo. Light rubbing to covers. Rubbing, fading to spine. Edgewear, faint soil to wraps. Internally sound and clean. Very good overall. Contains Elaine by Salinger, one of his earliest published stories and in the magazine of his former teacher who served as a kind of mentor to the famously reclusive author. Elaine has never re-collected, and is one of the more uncommon the early stories, most of the others having appeared in periodicals with far greater circulations: Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, etc. The story itself deals with familiar JDS themes – the young, the loss of innocence, the beauty and fragility of childhood – and so prefigures the later works for which he is best known. Also contains a brief biography of Salinger, noting his current Army stationing in Germany (where he would meet his first wife, Sylvia). 104pp. Wraps. Very Good. (2005) $200.00

4) [SALINGER, J.D.]. The Kit Book For Soldiers, Sailors, & Marines. Chicago: Consolidated BooK Publishers, Inc., (1942). First edition. 12mo. Pictorial boards. Good, lacking the mailing box (no DJ, as issued). Well-rubbed, esp. at the edges with a few scuffs and scratches. Some bumping. Spine lean, but sound. Still, presentable copy of a very fragile wartime production. Pictorial Boards. First edition (1942) of Salinger’s first book appearance. Starasciak A5, which fails to note this earlier edition, only the subsequent ‘43 printing. Includes Salinger’s story “The Hang Of It.” Also includes work from Ellery Queen, Rudyard Kipling, and others. 336pp. (9844) $225.00

Take an additional 20% off two or more titles. Lot price: $400.00. Offer good through 2/10/10. Email me to reserve (books at briancassidy dot net)

OTHER TERMS: Subject to prior sale; please email or call to reserve. Check, MO, credit cards, or Paypal. Institutions, dealers known to us, and prior customers in good standing may request invoice; else CWO. All items are guaranteed, returnable and fully refundable (minus postage costs, unless item not-as-described) within 30 days of receipt, provided prior notice given and item in same condition as sent. MD residents please add 6% sales tax or remit resale number.


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