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The Catcher in the Rye Signed Book First Edition J.D. Salinger – COA PSA/DNA
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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.”
Presented is a first edition of the book by Salinger. 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.
The rarity of this first edition is that a special title page autographed by Salinger was added professionally to enhance the collectibility. Salinger was an extreme recluse and hardly appeared publicly. The scarcity of the autograph coupled with it’s placement inside a first edition of his masterpiece is wonderful. The special title page occurs before the original page (designating edition) and was autographed by Salinger fully in black pen (“9”) with the salutation, “Best Wishes.” The book itself has some restoration and includes the original dust jacket cover (shows toning/aging) and outer red casing.
Authentication: PSA/DNA Full Letter