FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925.
8o. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt (slight wear to extremities); quarter morocco folding case with onlaid cloth design based on dust jacket. Provenance: Margaret Turnbull, see note below (presentation inscription from the author on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, second printing. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FITZGERALD on the front free endpaper: "With the pleasant memories of La Paix behind me, alas and alack! Souvenir of 1932-1933 for M.T. from her--at least from one who was almost made to feel like--guest. F. Scott Fitzgerald." The inscription refers to the time Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald spent with the Turnbull's at "La Paix," a fifteen-room Victorian frame house on the 28-acre Turnbull estate in Rodgers Forge, near Towson, just north of Baltimore. The Fitzgerald's lived in the house during a period when Zelda was having bouts with her mental illness. It was during this important, and somewhat sober, period in his career that Fitzgerald completed his second masterpiece Tender Is the Night, as well as some short stories.
"The Fitzgerald's retreat to the quiet, isolated La Paix was, as Zelda remarked, a notable contrast to the wild weekend parties at Ellerslie. In the fall of 1933 Fitzgerald said they had dined out only four times in the last two years. Zelda remained near Phipps for frequent consultations with her doctors, and the Turnbull family, who owned the property and lived in the main house on the estate, provided another stabilizing influence. Bayard Turnbull, a wealthy architect and graduate of Johns Hopkins, was (according to his younger daughter) a rather distant Victorian gentleman who did not drink and was careful about money. He disapproved of Fitzgerald. But his wife, Margaret, a proper but cultured woman, shared Scott's interest in literature and became a good friend. The Turnbulls had three children--Eleanor, Frances and the eleven-year-old Andrew, who was the same age as Scottie" (Myers, pp. 224-25). It was Margaret Turnbull who introduced Fitzgerald to T.S. Eliot when he was lecturing on the Metaphysical poets at Johns Hopkins University.
A VERY FINE ASSOCIATION COPY OF FITZGERALD'S MASTERPIECE. Bruccoli A11.1.b; Connolly, The Modern Movement 48.