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The Cruise of the Rolling Junk [complete in three issues of "Motor: The National Magazine of Motoring"]
New York: Motor: The National Magazine of Motoring February-April, 1924. Three issues. Large quartos. Pictorial wrappers (all illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy). Illustrated with photographs of the author and his wife. Light erosion at the spinal extremities, one faint crease on one front wrap, near fine. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase with morocco spine label gilt. First edition of Fitzgerald's comic essay; written in 1922 and published in three parts between February and April 1924; not printed in book form until 1976 (see Bruccoli C133).The "rolling junk" referred to is the Fitzgeralds' Marmon automobile and the many mechanical problems they encountered during their road trip down to Zelda's home of Montgomery, Alabama in 1920. Biographer Jeffrey Meyers wrote that the accompanying article photos of the Fitzgeralds "in matching white touring outfits [...] were to scandalize observers in small Southern towns on the route to Montgomery" (The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald). The photo spread attests to the culture of celebrity that grew rapidly around the Fitzgeralds and the media attention that helped feed their mythmaking enterprise. Reprinted by Matthew Bruccoli in 1976, this was reportedly his favorite of all of Fitzgerald's periodical appearances, and apparently one of the hardest to locate in original issues. Only one set at auction (Swann. 2003; $5,800 before premium).
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