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The Catcher In the Rye

By Salinger, J D




Published in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye has become a common part of high school and college curricula throughout the English-speaking world and has been translated into all major languages. Since its publication with a $3.00 sticker, it has reportedly sold more than 65 million copies. The novel's antihero, Holden Caulfield, has become a cultural icon for teenage rebellion. Due to its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst, it has frequently been met with censorship challenges in the United States making it one of the most challenged books of the 20th century.

First edition identification and notes

Catcher in the Rye was published in simple black cloth with gilt spine lettering and decorative devices.  As is the custom for Little, Brown, first editions are so stated on the copyright page. The most important point of issue regards the jacket, for which the first state has a photographer credit for Lotte Jacobi under the picture of Salinger and lacks any statement about book of the month club on the front jacket flap.

Other collectible or notable editions

Because of it's demand and relative scarcity, many collectors opt for later printings that still share the same basic aesthetic as the first printing at a fraction of the cost. The first book club printing is often sought after as it came out at the same time as the true first. These are also available at discounted prices, although still rather high comparatively for a book club edition. Collectors of vintage paperbacks may find the first paperback edition, issued by Signet Books in 1953 appealing as well.


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The Catcher In The Rye.

Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a bright fine dust jacket without the usual tanning to the spine and without any chips or tears. The dust jacket is the correct first issue with the cropping of Salinger's head on the rear panel and the price on the front flap. Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. Photograph of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher In the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

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The Catcher In The Rye.

Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. The dust jacket is the correct first issue with the cropping of Salinger's head on the rear panel and the price on the front flap. Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. Photograph of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher In the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

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The Catcher in the Rye.

SALINGER, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company,, 1951. Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Accompanied by a 2 page autograph letterin green ink on plain paper, in the original stamped addressed envelope, postmarked 28 July 1963. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine ends a little bruised, small bump to front board fore edge, light foxing to edges of book block and endmatter, a little worming to rear inner hinge. A very good copy in the jacket, spine panel somewhat browned, spine ends and tips a little chipped. First edition, first printing, together with an autograph letter from Salinger's mother Miriam in which she writes about Salinger, with a return address on the envelope of 1133 Park Avenue, Salinger's childhood home; also laid in is a bookmark inscribed: "Happy holidays and a good New Year from the Salingers." The letter is addressed to Cynthia Sudholz, a close childhood friend of Doris, the author's older sister, who also babysat Salinger. In the letter, dated 27 July 1963, Miriam Salinger writes to about Doris and J.D., noting that "We are having a real heat spell - not pleasant. Doris is in Cape Cod this weekend - she said heat is very bad there. Sonny [J.D.] said it's the same in New England..." "Sonny" was the nickname given to Salinger by his parents when he was born. Salinger purchased his Cornish estate in New England two years after The Catcher in the Rye was published. Intriguingly, Miriam also writes about her granddaughter Margaret ("Peggy"), who was eight years old at the time. She writes, "I told our little Peggy she is just a wonderful little girl. She said I don't think they would agree at my house". In 2000, Margaret Salinger released Dream Catcher, a memoir of her childhood and her difficult relationship with her father.

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The Catcher In The Rye.

Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little Brown, 1951. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. The dust jacket is the correct first issue with the cropping of Salinger's head on the rear panel and the price on the front flap. Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. Photograph of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher In the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little Brown, 1951 First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. A magnificent sophisticated dustjacket that is rich in color with NO chips or tears. The book is bound in the publisher's original black cloth and is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Salinger First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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The Catcher in the Rye

SALINGER, J.D.

Boston: Little, Brown. 1951. Salinger's classic first book, a coming-of-age novel that has influenced successive generations of young people with its adolescent hero's rejection of the "phoniness" of the adult world around him combined with the authenticity of his voice. Salinger's book retains the freshness it had when first published, and it stands as one of the great fictional accomplishments of 20th century American literature, included on every list of the 100 best novels of the century, and listed as number 2 on the Radcliffe list and number 6 on the Waterstone's list. Minor foxing to top and bottom edges of text block; offsetting to hinges from binder's glue; a very near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with offsetting to the front flap, tanning to the spine, slight rubbing to the spine folds and light wear to the crown. A very nice copy with distinguished provenance: it was a gift from publisher Alfred A. Knopf to a young writer who was interviewing him for a biography, and who later went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in the 1980s. Letter of provenance available. Unless otherwise noted, our first editions are first printings. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1951 First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. Later editions do NOT have the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. A beautiful dustjacket that is vibrant in color with some professional restoration. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the $3.00 printed price present on the front flap with NO chips or tears. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight with minor wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION in collector's condition. Trades and offers considered.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $11,000.00


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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

Salinger, J. D.

Little, Brown. Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1951. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 8vo; VG+ dustjacket rear panel includes photograph of author removed from all later editions by author's demand .

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1951 First Edition, First Printing with "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. Later editions do not state "First Edition" on the copyright page. A beautiful First Issue dustjacket with minor wear near the top spine and minor discoloration to the flaps. The book is in wonderful shape. The binding is tight with the gold lettering on the spine present. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy with the original dustjacket. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for presentation.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $10,000.00


The Catcher In The Rye

SALINGER, J.D

Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. First Edition. A very good copy in a like price-clipped dust jacket with light wear and some overall browning.

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Price: $9,500.00


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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D. [Jerome David]

Boston: Little, Brown & Co, 1951. First edition. Fine/Very Good +. A Fine copy of the book, with bright spine gilt and clean cloth. In a Very Good+ dust jacket, with the spine toned and minor wear at the extremities (one small closed tear at the top of the spine). With all relevant issue points. Salinger's novel was not the first coming-of-age story to highlight teenage angst, but it sits squarely as the pinnacle of those efforts. It offers Holden Caulfield's perspective on school, New York City, sexuality, family and friends, and, of course, phonies, with a subtext on alienation and loneliness running throughout the book. "In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition: 'Huckleberry Finn,' 'The Great Gatsby,' and 'The Catcher in the Rye.' Of the three, only 'Catcher' defines an entire region of human experience: it is-in French and Dutch as much as in English-the handbook of the adolescent heart" (The New Yorker). Fine in Very Good + dust jacket.

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The Catcher In The Rye

SALINGER, J.D

Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. First Edition. Minor cloth stains; very good or slightly better in a very good dust jacket with some small chips at the top edge and very moderate soiling and wear.

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Price: $9,000.00


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The Catcher In The Rye.

Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little Brown, 1951. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Near fine in the dust jacket which has had some expert restoration to the spine extremities. The dust jacket is the correct first issue with the cropping of Salinger's head on the rear panel and the price on the front flap. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher In the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

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Price: $7,500.00


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The Catcher in the Rye

SALINGER, J.D

First edition (so stated), first issue with back panel portrait of Salinger credited to Lotte Jacobi and "$3.00" on the front flap. Octavo. Original black cloth stamped in gilt. Dust jacket designed by Michael Mitchell (unclipped; tiny chips to head and tail of spine and to corners; few small chips; front flap detached at fold). Very good. 277 pages. Enclosed in a red and black leather drop box. No signatures or bookplates.

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Price: $7,500.00


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Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little Brown, 1951 First Edition, First Printing. An original dustjacket that has light wear to the edges and the $3.00 printed price is present. The book is in nice shape and states "First Edition" on the copyright page. The boards have some wear to edges and corners. There is light discoloration to a few pages and NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this true first edition with the first issue dustjacket. Includes a custom acetate dustjacket to protect the book.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $7,000.00


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The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Stated first edition; A beautiful copy of this masterpiece of 20th century literature, housed in a custom clamshell box. A very good plus book in a very good to near fine dust jacket. Publisher's black cloth with titles stamped in gold on the spine. Original dust jacket with Lotte Jacobi photo credit on the rear panel of the jacket and 3.00 price intact; this is the 2nd issue DJ with space between the top of the author's head and the top of the back panel and the $3.00 price on the front flap to the right of the "R" in "Catcher" (1st issue jackets the $ sign should line up with the shoulder of the "R"....changed in later issues). The very good plus book is clean and tight with slightly faded lettering to the spine and crisp, white pages with only light spotting to the first few pages; the front board is slightly bowed and minor bumping is present on the bottom spine end. Some minor staining is present to the textblock edges. Housed in a very good to near fine dust jacket that shows mild shelf wear to the ends and edges with a small stain near the spine tail and a dark vertical tape stain to both flaps, presumably from a sleeve attachment of some kind. Overall, a clean, bright, tight, attractive copy of Salinger's classic. The Catcher in the Rye has been consistently listed as one of the best novels of the twentieth century and is now a part of PBS's Great American Read, further testifying to it's staying power as one of America's favorite novels. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." Holden Caulfield

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Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown & Company, Boston, 1951 First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. This First Issue dustjacket is rich in color with light wear to the spine and edges. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the panels. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy with the original dustjacket in collector's condition. We buy Salinger First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $6,000.00


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The Catcher In the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1951. First Edition (stated) 1st Printing. Black Cloth. Near Fine Book/Fine Dustjacket. 8 1/8" Tall. Michael Mitchell Dustjacket, with Photo By Lotte Jacobi. Stated First Edition, 8 1/8" Tall (Taller Than Some Other Copies Stating "First Edition"), 1 5/16" Thick (Thicker Than Some Other Copies Stating "First Edition"). The Book Is Tight And Clean, No Marks, Without Marks Or Damage, Just A Tiny Point Of Fraying Of Cloth At Each Of The Two Lower Tips, A Little Wear/Dulling To The Spine Gilt And A Little Rubbing/Bumping To The Ends Of The Spine. Dust Jacket With The Portrait Of Salinger On The Rear Panel, And With The $3.00 Price On The Front Flap, Second State With Space Between Top Of Head And Top Of Dust Jacket (Apparently The First Issues Of The "First Edition" Were Slightly Shorter Necessitating Cropping Of Salinger's Head On The Dj). The Dust Jacket Is Spectacular, No Chipping Or Tears, Without Restoration Or Cleaning Of Any Kind: No Fading To Orange-Red Or Yellow Colors On Spine And Front Panel, The Red On Both Spine And Front Panel Being An Even Bright Red, And The Author's Name On Spine Being The Same Bright Yellow As The Title On The Front Panel. There Is Not Any Sign Of Wear At The Top Of The Spine Panel, And It Is Still Crisp. The Jacket Has 1/8" Light Age Toning To The White Color Along The The Lower Edge Of Front Panel, To Top And Lower Edges Of White Flaps, And Within A Somewhat Larger Area Around All Edges Of The Photograph. There Is A 1/8" Rub At The Upper Right Tip Of The Front Panel, But No Other Rubs To The Color. There Is Almost Imperceptible 1/8" Bumping To Lower Edge Of Spine, And Slight Waviness Along The Very Bottom Edge Of The Front Panel (Without Damage To The Paper] In The Area With Age-Toning (Possibly Due To Storage In An Older Dust Jacket Protector). Scarce In This Un-Restored, Un-Torn And Un-Chipped Jacket.

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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE 1st Edition

J. D. Salinger

Boston: Little, Brown & Company. 1951. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good dust jacket. First edition (so stated) , first issue with back panel portrait of Salinger credited to Lotte Jacobi and "$3.00" price correctly positioned on the front flap. Arear of damp staining to spine heel an bottom front and rear panels. The word Little of little brown is rubbed off on the spine. Minore toning to end pages. ; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. First edition of Salinger’s first and only novel, with the first-state dust-wrapper. Some wear to the extremities of the dust-wrapper and moderate even toning to the spine of the dust-wrapper. Price-clipped. Head and tail bumped, lower fore-corner bumped. A little cocked. With the ownership signature (in pencil) of M[orton] R. Goldsmith on the first free end-paper. Very good. The first-state dust-wrapper is marked by the cropping of the upper edge of Salinger’s head in his author-photo on the rear of the dust-wrapper; in later printings, this was removed altogether. The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger’s first and only novel, caused great waves upon its publication in the summer of 1951. It has been censored and excoriated for the salty language and sexual mores of its protagonist, Holden Caulfield; just as well, it is one of the best-selling books of the last century, and one of the most-widely read at school. Its dust-wrapper, which belongs to the instantly-recognized echelon of The Great Gatsby and Catch-22 (also taught widely at schools; can this be the common thread?), is here bright and rich. An indispensable part of any library of modern first editions. Morton Goldsmith with his wife Enid (née Frank; sister of author Waldo Frank) held a sort of artistic salon — notably attracting Boris Grigoriev, the Russian painter — in their home in Scarsdale, just north of New York City; Morton died in 1971, Enid in 1983. Fiction

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The Catcher In The Rye.

Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. The dust jacket is the correct first issue with the cropping of Salinger's head on the rear panel. Jacket design by Michael Mitchell. Photograph of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher In the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

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Price: $5,500.00


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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1951 First Edition, First printing. This original first issue dustjacket, with the author's picture on the back panel is in nice shape. There is some light rubbing to the edges and some wear to the spine. Otherwise, this attractive dustjacket is rich in color and has benefitted from some professional archival mending. The book is in excellent shape. The gold lettering on the spine is present, not worn like most copies. The binding is tight, and the pages are clean. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. The book states "FIRST EDITION" on the copyright page. Overall, a sharp copy of this true first edition that includes a custom clamshell slipcase. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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The Catcher In The Rye

SALINGER, J.D

Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. First Edition. Minor browning of the endpapers, else near fine in a very good or slightly better price-clipped dust jacket with a small scrape at the top of the spine and some small tears and a larger scrape at the top of the back panel.

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First Edition. Very Good/Good. First edition stated, first printing. Bound in publisher's black cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Very Good, with bowing to boards, spine gilt rubbed, light foxing to textblock edge, previous owner name to front free end paper and tape to rear paste down. In a Good dust jacket with publisher's price of $3.00 properly aligned and the top of Salinger's head slightly cropped at the top of rear panel; Spine toned, edges worn; Splits repaired from blank verso with mending tissue, including one at the bottom front spine joint, extending roughly two-third up the joint before it transverses the spine panel.

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CATCHER IN THE RYE

Salinger J. D

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First edition and first printing and in the first issue dustjacket. 8vo, publisher’s original black cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine. In the original dustjacket featuring Salinger’s photo on rear cover credited to Lotte Jacobi and $3 price correctly positioned on front flap. 277 pp. A well preserved copy, the black cloth with no fading and with the gilt bright, just some typical evidence of age or use, the text clean and fresh, an old unobtrusive crease to the lower corner section of the half-title, the scarce first issue jacket attractive with some inevitable edge-wear, a little bit of chipping, rubbing or mellowing and evidence of use. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF AN AMERICAN ICONIC WORK AND A 20TH CENTURY LITERARY CLASSIC. J.D. Salinger’s first and still, most famous work.. Salinger tapped into a common and necessary theme in American literature with his unhappy teenage character, Holden Caulfield, who runs away from his boarding school as part of his disgust with 'phoniness'. Caufield's feelings and the idiom in which he communicates them have made the book a symbol of purity and sensitivity to generations of readers and has insured that it will remain a particularly coveted title in modern literature. This is a very fresh and appealing copy, attractive jackets on this title are often extensively repaired or restored, but this copy is fully original and authentic and remains very handsome in spite of some minor wear and aging.

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Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. This ORIGINAL FIRST ISSUE dustjacket, with the author's picture on the back panel is rich in color with some repair. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine and boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $4,750.00


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CATCHER IN THE RYE

Salinger J. D

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First edition and First Printing. 8vo, publisher’s original black cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and in the original dustjacket featuring Salinger’s photo on rear cover credited to Lotte Jacobi and $3 price correctly positioned on front flap. 277 pp. A good and honest copy showing some use, but otherwise well preserved. The dustjacket with some evidence of age-wear at the extremities and with a chip at the bottom of the spine panel, the bottom of the dustjacket sometime trimmed slightly to clean the bottom edge. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF AN AMERICAN ICONIC WORK AND A 20TH CENTURY LITERARY CLASSIC. J.D. Salinger’s first and still, most famous work.. Salinger tapped into a common and necessary theme in American literature with his unhappy teenage character, Holden Caulfield, who runs away from his boarding school as part of his disgust with 'phoniness'. Caufield's feelings and the idiom in which he communicates them have made the book a symbol of purity and sensitivity to generations of readers and has insured that it will remain a particularly coveted title in modern literature.

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1951 First Edition, First Printing with words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. Later editions do not have the words "FIRST EDITION" on the copyright page. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket has some fading to the spine and light wear to the edges. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's black cloth with wear to the spine and edges. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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The Catcher in The Rye.

SALINGER, J. D.

Boston: Little Brown and Company, , 1951. Octavo. Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in black morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first printing.

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Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little Brown and Company, 1951 First Edition, First Printing. This ORIGINAL dustjacket has the publisher's $3.00 printed price present on the front flap with light wear to the spine and edges. The book is in nice condition with rubbing to the spine. The binding is tight, with some wear to the boards. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $3,750.00


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Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1951 First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page. Later editions lack the words "FIRST EDITION". An attractive dustjacket that has some rubbing to the panels and light wear to the spine. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with some discoloration to the endpapers. There is NO writing, or bookplates in the book. Overall, a collectable copy of this true first edition at an affordable price.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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The Catcher In The Rye

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown & Co, 1951. First edition. Cloth. Very Good/good +. First edition of Salinger's classic tale of Holden Caufield and his boyhood angst. Book meets all requirements to be the first edition, first printing. The dustwrapper price is properly situated (i.e. not partially cut-off). A humble copy with some rubbing and wear to the black cloth covers, especially near the lower portion of the rear panel. The book is internally clean and free of writing, bookplates or other markings. The paper is still quite bright and fresh. The dustwrapper, priced at $3.00 on the front flap is soiled on the verso and shows several small chips and tiny tears at the edges. Please Note: The wrapper has been professionally restored with work visible on the verso. Outwardly, a bright and attractive copy, but with clear flaws upon closer examination. A modest copy of the first edition for those with a more modest budget. Housed in a very attractive hard clamshell box labeled at spine.

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown & Co, 1951. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. Cloth in dust jacket, book itself very good plus with slight dulling to gilt on spine, no other notable defects, jacket very good plus, some expert restoration (professionally done, way above our pay grade) to spine head and top corners, truly visible only by examining the verso of the jacket, slight tanning to the cream-white areas of the front panel and the same to the lower half of the spine spine, with lightest rubbing, darkening along the fold of the rear flap, early issue with Salinger's head cropped close along top edge, Lotte Jacobi identified as the photographer, but with $3.00 price on flap not aligned with the 'shoulder' of the 'R.' The restoration was so beautifully done that we did not notice it despite close inspection when we sold this a week ago to someone (for more than it is listed here) who examined it and decided against keeping it. So here it is, lowered price but great condition! A real bargain at this price -- compare to other copies!

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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

Salinger, J.D.

Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. First edition of the author's first book, on all the lists of best books of the last century--and over 65 years after publication, Holden still has something to say to current readers. The dust jacket is priced $3.00 on front flap, as the first printing calls for. But it's clearly been trimmed to fit the book and we therefore presume it is a second printing dust jacket. Gilt on spine perished otherwise would be very good; in about very good dust jacket with spine ends chipped, red on spine toned to pink, and thin rubbed line on rear panel affecting portion of author photo. ON ALL THE BEST-BOOKS LISTS

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The Catcher In The Rye.

Salinger, J.D

Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1951. First edition of Salinger's first book. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, original spine bound in the rear of the book. In fine condition. A nice example. Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher In the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D.

Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1951 First Edition, First Printing. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket has some wear along the spine and edges. The book is bound in the publisher's black cloth with some rubbing to the spine. The binding it tight with minor wear to the boards. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. An affordable copy of this true first edition with words "FIRST EDITION" printed on the copyright page.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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The Catcher in the Rye

SALINGER, J.D.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. First edition. Near fine in an age-toned, near very good, price-clipped second printing dustwrapper (as it came to us). A true first edition, presumably someone supplied a second printing jacket to the book at a relatively early date: this copy had been in a private collection for decades as it is. The second printing jacket is pretty much identical to the first printing jacket except that it is 3mm taller and the original $3.00 price on the front flap has been typographically reset (not an issue on this price-clipped copy). The distinction between the first and second printings is often avoided by dealers, and many copies are offered as original that have the second printing jacket. A reasonably attractive copy of Salinger's first book, a post-war highspot and one of the most widely read and beloved coming-of-age novels ever written. *Burgess 99*.

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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

SALINGER. J. D

Little, Brown and Company. Boston. 1951. FIRST EDITION. First printing. 8vo. (8 x 5.6 inches). A few minor marks to a handful of pages otherwise a nice clean copy throughout. Finely bound in recent full red Morocco leather binding. Spine with raised bands, the compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt. A very good bright and attractive copy of the First edition of this classic work of American fiction.

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The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

Boston: Little, Brown and Company. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1951. First Edition. First edition as stated on copyright page. Black cloth with gilt particulars and decoration to spine. Later (2nd edition) Grosset and Dunlop jacket. Light wear to head of dust jacket spine. Otherwise, a nice clean copy without previous owners' names or other markings. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 277 pages; All shipments through USPS insured Priority Mail. .

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First Edition. Very Good. First edition stated, first printing. Publisher's black cloth binding, lacking the dust jacket. Very Good. Titles rubbed and barely legible on spine, spine ends bruised, with bump to bottom spine corner affecting pages, light offsetting to paste downs from binder's glue. A pretty solid copy of this 20th century literary classic.

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1951. Black paper covered boards with gold lettering to the spine. Unmarked, tight and square. Light rubbing to the rear board. Light wear to spine ends. Small 10 rubber stamped in tight circle to front endpaper. First edition stated on title and copyright page. No book club blind stamp on rear board. The real thing, the first printing. Jacket is facsimile of the first printing produced professionally. No flaws to jacket and protected in mylar. . Firs American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine (Facsimile Dust Jacket). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Little, Brown and Company. Collectible - Acceptable. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. 1st edition. 1st printing. 12mo Black cloth hardcover 277 pgs. Near Very Good Book. Drink ring residue on front cover. Small narrow scratch on front cover. ContentsVery Good. Inquire if you need further information.

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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

SALINGER. J. D

Little, Brown and Company. Boston. 1951. FIRST EDITION. First printing. 8vo. (7.8 x 5.4 inches). Neat ink stamp on the bottom of one page (7505th Hospital Group Base Library), affecting a few letters of the bottom line of text but mostly in the margin, otherwise a very clean copy throughout with no other stamps or marks. Finely bound in recent full red Morocco leather binding. Spine with raised bands, the compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Decorative red and white endpapers. All edges gilt. Aside from the one ink stamp this is a very good bright and attractive copy of the First edition of this classic work of American fiction.

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The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

This is a scarce, first UK printing of "THE CATCHER IN THE RYE" by J.D. Salinger with its ORIGINAL, un-clipped dust jacket. 1951 1st Edition, 1st Printing (no subsequent Impressions listed on copyright page); Hamish Hamilton; London. SCARCE in original dust jacket (as many jackets are facsimile reproductions). Condition: Clean covers and spine with no stains; sharp corners; bright silver lettering on the spine; tiny nick to the left of "Rye" on the spine; there is a very thin strip at the bottom edge of the front cover where the blue cloth color has faded. Tight binding. No cracks. No loose pages. The text pages are in great condition - clean and white with no writing, stains or tears found; trace foxing/small foxing spots to a handful of pages. Name/year (1955) written in pen on front end paper...no other writing found. The last page of the book has a crease at the lower-outer corner. The dust jacket is un-clipped and show the price on the front flap; some very light foxing to the back cover; small tears at the top and bottom edges of the spine; a small tear at the bottom edges of the front flap and front cover have been repaired with clear tape. (The dust jacket comes with a clear protective sleeve - not shown.) Overall in very good condition.

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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

Salinger, J. D.

Boston: Little, Brown & Company. 1951. First Edition; Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Book condition is Very Good; with a Very Good- dust jacket. Owner name to front end page. Tear to jacket at rear panel. A few small scuffs to jacket. Toning. Stain to jacket at front panel, visible from inside only. Text is clean and unmarked. This First Edition, Fourth printing is in the First Issue jacket, with rare back panel portrait of Salinger credited to Lotte Jacobi & original publisher price of $3.00. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

1991-07-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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CATCHER IN THE RYE, THE

Salinger, J.D.

London: Hamish Hamilton. VG+/VG. 1951. 1st U.K.. HC. A little crackling at spine ends of dj + short tear along spine fold; Chip at each of the front panel corners. Lower one larger . than the top one. Rear panel is a little grubby. A presentable collectable copy. The book is very lightly soiled, more visible in a photo than with the naked eye. New Facsimile dj included. .

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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

London: Hamish Hamilton. Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket. 1951. First Edition. Hardcover. A first British edition copy, original blue cloth stamped with silver. Spine ends nudged. Board edges slightly toned. The unclipped jacket, in mylar, is chipped at spine ends/corners, small loss to spine foot. A very nice tight, square unmarked copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 253 pages .

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The Catcher In The Rye : First Issue

Salinger, J.D.

The First UK printing published by Hamish Hamilton in 1951. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Slight pushing at the spine tips with some fading and toning to the spine ends with light toning to the board edges. Light bumping to the corners. A mild vertical crease to the spine. A little age related dustiness and toning to the text block. One small light mark to the upper text-block. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. It is the correct first issue bearing the price of '10s 6d. net' as called for. A little light rubbing to the front spine fold, spine tips and to the spine (affecting a little of the lettering) in places. A 2cm closed tear to the upper front spine fold and a 3cm closed tear to the lower front spine fold. The rear white panel and flaps are very clean for their age. The Fritz Wegner wrapper artwork looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. A much nicer wrapper than usually encountered. The author's highlight title and increasingly scarce as the first UK edition. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.

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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

SALINGER, J. D

Boston: Little, Brown And Company, 1951. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Octavo, 277 pages, black cloth, some curvature to the binding, legible but dulled spine title. Stated " FIRST EDITION " on the copyright page. It is reported that 10,000 copies comprised this first printing, but millions would like to own a copy. This redefined the coming-of-age novel. See also 2012 exhibition at the Library of Congress: "Books That Shaped America". CATCHER "made me want to read every banned book - Amy Tan." Listed in Anthony Burgess' 99 NOVELS.

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