Fwd: that Gatsby on eBay

DCHOCK7 at aol.com DCHOCK7 at aol.com
Fri Mar 4 23:45:13 EST 2005

I have seen some lame statements in the past 8-10 years on ebay, but this one has to take the cake. You might ask the guy selling the lot how one DJ showing only 1934 titles dates from the exact same time as a DJ showing 1939 titles, or how ML knew which titles it would have for sale during 1939 five years prior to that time. I knew Cerf and Klopfer were smart, but, according to this seller, they could have given Einstein a run for his money. That being said, it seems this is a decent copy of this rare title with a later DJ. However, anyone bidding on this lot should ask the seller pointed questions on the condition of the jacket- tape on back, etc.?

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>> Subject: Fw: Question for item #6949710962 - F. Scott Fitzgerald THE 
>> Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2005 15:17:46 -0800
>> Does this answer make sense to anyone on the list?
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>> Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 2:51 PM
>> Subject: Re: Question for item #6949710962 - F. Scott Fitzgerald THE =
>> Hello and thank you very much for your inquiry!
>> I have received many debatable questions over this dust-jacket. You are
>> indeed correct to some extent, but further information is required for
>> the validity of your statement; I have conferred with a member from the
>> F. Scott Fitzgerald library of research, who also wrote to me when this
>> auction was first listed, and the jacket that contains 225 titles is A
>> PREFERRED STATE COPY. It is not an EARLIER STATE of the jacket. No
>> Priority Established, means that there is indeed two variants of the
>> original First Printing dust-jacket! It appears as though Modern 
>> Library
>> contracted for "X" amount of First Edition copies of this title, to be
>> printed. In the midst of manufacturing all First Edition copies, 2
>> seperate dust-jackets were in fact issued, i.e. 225 titles & 268 
>> titles.
>> For example, William Faulkner's WILD PALMS, has a Preferred A, B & C
>> binding, no priority established. While the A binding is more desirable
>> to collectors, there is no definitive earlier state! Another example w
>> ould be Bernard Malamud's THE NATURAL, which was issued in 3 different
>> colored cloth boards, i.e. Red, Blue, Neautral. While the Blue Cloth
>> copy seems to be the more scarce of the three and the Preferred Copy,
>> there is no one copy earlier than the next, or a definitive earlier
>> state. Look at a book like Mark Twain's LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, which
>> does in fact have earlier states, with definitve issue points.
>> The same theory applies for this Fitzgerald Modern Library first
>> edition. While the 225 title jacket is in fcat a more desirable and or
>> collectible issue, there is no priority as far as date is concerned
>> between the two variant dust-jackets. The later 1939 copies of this
>> title which were issued, have the same 268 title dust-jackets but are
>> indeed stamped "discontinued title" in red on the front of dust-jacket!
>> I hope I have been able to answer your questions in a clear and concise
>> manner! Please feel free to keep in touch with me if you should have 
>> any
>> further questions or if I can be of nay further asistance to you!
>> Tahnk You very much and have a great weekend!
>> Jason

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