Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald 1922 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First Edition, First State [See Bibliographical Note for details] A tight and bright first edition of Fitzgerald’s second collection of short stories.

Eleven tales of the roaring twenties which brings to life the dazzling excesses, stunning contrasts, and simmering unrest of a glittering era. This celebrated anthology features several of Fitzgerald’s acclaimed works, including the novella ‘
May Day’, ‘The Diamond as Big as the Ritz’, a fable of fortune and greed, and his more fanciful creation of a man who ages in reverse, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, later adapted for the 2008 film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a generation' –
NY Times.
  A Bibliographical Note - The Curious Case of Shakespeare’s If
This copy is a First Edition with copyright page showing the Scribner’s seal and ‘
Published September, 1922’. It is the first state, with ‘and’ on page 232 line 6, and with no battered type.

Three different ‘states’ and/or ‘printings’ of the first edition have been hurled about in book dealer descriptions with rather gay abandon, and in particular the case of ‘
an’ or ‘and’ on page 232 line 6. So we will start with the statement that - the correct spelling of this line is ‘So you shall, an you give me pen, ink, a sheaf of paper, and a room to myself’’. The story was written in the style of Shakespeare, and the word ‘an’ in Shakespeare’s time was the equivalent of the word ‘if’ today.

This is all clearly described by Matthew Bruccoli in ‘
F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Marketplace’ (p.xviii), stating that this spelling of ‘an’ is ‘the most frequently miscatalogued Fitzgerald point’. Bruccoli also refers to his earlier and comprehensive F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Descriptive Bibliography (the one every one misquotes) that ‘the point is stipulated thus: 232.6 and [ an . The right pointing bracket signifies ‘changed to.

Bruccoli notes there were three indeterminate printings of the first edition in 1922. He sensibly speculates that ‘
and’ (as in this copy) was corrected to ‘an’ in the second or third printing. There are two other states of the text encountered with ‘an’, with no priority established, one with only three letters ‘battered’ (being the first ‘t’ (page 22, line 13) and ‘he’ in ‘the’ (page 166, line 35)), two with a further four instances of battered letters (p.27, l.30; p.217, l.1; p.252, l.1 and p.224, l.1).

So from this we can extrapolate that our copy is the first state of the First Edition.

Provenance: David C. Titus, with his armourial bookplate.

References: Bruccoli,
F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Descriptive Bibliography A9.1.a. Bruccoli & Baughman, F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Marketplace: The Auction and Dealer Catalogues, 1935-2006 xviii. Alma Classics, web. Penguin Random House, web. Simon Khachadourian, The Cocktail Shaker 24.

Octavo (143.9x19.4cm), pp. [2] xi [1] 317 [5]. in publisher’s dark green cloth, lettered in blind to upper cover, gilt titles to spine.
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to corners and lettering on spine, short closed tear to top edge of page ix.   Ref: 110304   Price: HK$ 8,000