Salinger, J.D. RAISE HIGH the ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS and SEYMOUR an INTRODUCTION / 1959 FIRST EDITION
Little, Brown, Boston, 1959.
Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Stated first edition, with dedication page after copyright page.
First Edition. A near fine first edition, with the misspelling of “Sey-more” for Seymour on page 173 that was supposedly corrected in the second printing.
The first issue jacket has wear at spine ends. The spine is lightly toned. This original gold and cream dust jacket has the $4.00 price present.
Two stories which originally appeared in “The New Yorker.”
This volume contains two of Salinger’s novellas that feature Seymour Glass, the eldest child of Salinger’s fictional Glass family that appears in many of his writings. Like many of the Glass family stories, both Raise High the Roof Beam and Seymour are narrated by Buddy Glass, the second oldest Glass child. In the first novella, Buddy, a member of the American armed services during WWII, is on leave to visit his family in the United States for the occasion of his brother Seymour’s wedding; the title Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is a reference to a Sappho verse, in which she depicts Ares as a bridegroom. Seymour: an Introduction takes place six years later, after Seymour has committed suicide. In this novella, Buddy reminisces on his brother’s life and the events leading up to his death, including those that transpired in Raise High the Roof Beam, in a stream-of-consciousness narrative.
First edition of this highly collectible classic. Tipped in Dedication page appears after the copyright page. Spine is tight and crisp. Boards are flat and true, and the corners are square.
Previous owner’s name on inside front cover, partially covered by dust jacket, “Dean M. Gottehrer” in ink.
This is a beautiful, highly collectible copy that comes protected in an archival Brodart dust jacket cover.
Great price for a classic First Edition of the reclusive author’s fourth and final book!