All The Sad Young Men - F. Scott Fitzgerald 1926 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Printing ‘Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created – nothing.’

A handsome first edition of Fitzgerald’s third short story collection, which showcases his unique writing style and vividly describes in various ways the dazzling 1920s jazz-age society that Fitzgerald himself inhabited.

This collection includes the stories ‘The Rich Boy’, ‘Winter Dreams’, ‘The Baby Party’, ‘Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les’, ‘The Sensible Thing’, ‘Gretchen’s Forty Winks’, and ‘Absolution’, one of the author’s best-received stories, originally written as a background piece to
The Great Gatsby, that novel having been published one year earlier.
  One of 10,100 copies of this first printing, which were published in February of 1926. First issue, with Scribner’s seal to verso of title page and the type on pages 38, 90 and 248 clear and unbroken.

‘Fitzgerald wrote the stories at a time of disillusionment. He was in financial difficulty, he believed his wife Zelda was romantically involved with another man, she had suffered a series of physical illnesses, and his play
The Vegetable had been a failure. Upon publication—and somewhat belying the notion that Fitzgerald's most famous novel had not been enthusiastically received—The New York Times wrote, ‘The publication of this volume of short stories might easily have been an anticlimax after the perfection and success of The Great Gatsby of last Spring. A novel so widely praised — by people whose recognition counts — is stiff competition. It is even something of a problem for a reviewer to find new and different words to properly grace the occasion. It must be said that the collection as a whole is not sustained to the high excellence of The Great Gatsby, but it has stories of fine insight and finished craft’. Ironically, in a letter nine months earlier, Fitzgerald had advised his editor Max Perkins against publicizing the book through the newspaper. ‘Rather not use advertising appropriation in Times—people who read Times Book Review won't be interested in me’.’ – from an introduction to a later edition.

Provenance: Margaret Connely, with her name to the front free endpaper.

References: Bruccoli,
F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Descriptive Bibliography A13.I.a. Alma Classics, web.

Octavo (14 x 19.5 cm). pp. [8] 267 [1]. Publisher's dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front board lettered in blind.
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to corners, crease to front free endpaper.   Ref: 109420   Price: HK$ 6,000