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The Catcher in the Rye
Little, Brown, Boston, 1951. 8vo. [6], 277 pages. Publisher's black cloth, gilt-lettered on spine; pictorial dust jacket designed by Michael Mitchell; quarter morocco slipcase. FIRST EDITION, first issue jacket with portrait photograph of Salinger on the rear panel cropped at head, and with dollar sign aligned as called for on the front flap. While reams have been devoted to Salinger's novel and its anti-hero Holden Caufield, the designer of its now classic dust jacket has been an infrequent participant in the story of the book's ascension into the canon. The Canadian artist E. Michael Mitchell lived near Salinger in Westport, Connecticut in 1950 when the author was working on the novel. Salinger was a frequent visitor to the Mitchells' home, used their guest house to write, and read aloud portions of the drafts to Mitchell or his wife Esther throughout its composition. Mitchell inspired Salinger's complex story of religious and mystical experience, "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period." After Salinger's move to New Hampshire, they began a forty-year correspondence, and saw each other occasionally until their falling out in the1990s (Mitchell was a witness at Salinger's wedding to Claire Douglas in Vermont in 1955). Salinger's letters to Mitchell were acquired by Carter Burden from Ralph Sipper in the mid-1990s and are now in the Morgan Library. They were kept off view until the author's death in 2010, and have since been exhibited. Salinger preferred simple, textual jackets (consistent across 'Franny & Zooey', 'Nine Stories,' and 'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters') and thus … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts, ABAA [Ardsley, NY, U.S.A.]

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