1925 – THE GREAT GATSBY – FIRST EDITION, SECOND STATE – F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
I have had this copy set away in storage, probably for over twenty years, and it is time to move it along. Carefully checking all the first edition points – this is not the first state of the first edition, as all corrections have been made per all the bibliographies. Researching the printing history of THE GREAT GATSBY, from many references, if the book still has the 1925 on the title page it would be the second state. If the date is not on the title page you have a later printing. As shown in images below, this Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1925 printing has the date on both the title and copyright pages. Clean and tight, 218 pages. Of the first edition, first state, there were 20,870 copies. I believe the press run of the second state (this copy) is about 3,000. I will let the images describe this copy.
1925 on the title page
and, 1925 on the copyright page – no additional printings listed
two sample interior page spreads
front pastedown and front free endpaper with owners name and 1926
rear free endpaper and rear pastedown – those are simply some sort of spots in the gutter