SALINGER, J. D. (1919-2010). The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951.
8vo. Original black cloth; original presumed first issue dust-jacket printed in red, black and yellow with cropped photograph of Salinger on rear cover (price-clipped, some minor chipping repaired verso with retouching, some very minor rubbing); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Sold Christie's New York, 9 December 1993, Lot 49.
FIRST EDITION. The novel’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has entered the pantheon of American literary heroes. “The Catcher in the Rye was a symptom of a need, after a ghastly war and during a ghastly pseudo-peace, for the young to raise a voice of protest against the failures of the adult world. The young used many voices—anger, contempt, self-pity—but the quietest, that of a decent perplexed American adolescent, proved the most telling" (Anthony Burgess, 99 Novels, pp. 53-54).