Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing, second state, with canceled leaves correcting misprints to pp. 349-351. Publisher's dark blue cloth, ruled in blind to boards and lettered in gilt to spine; in the original second issue dust jacket with no price stamped to front flap, featuring illustrations of dancing figures over an orange background to front panel, lettered in black. A near fine book with a very slight lean to spine and toning to text block edges, else bright and clean; in a very good but fragile dust jacket with toning to spine, light wear and a few shallow chips to extremities, 1.5-inch tear to bottom edge of the front fold, half-inch tear to bottom edge of rear panel, some shallow splitting at the folds around the spine. Overall, a very nice copy, rare in the original dust jacket. Bruccoli A.17.I.a2 Taps at Reveille is Fitzgerald's fourth collection of short stories and the last book published during the author's lifetime. Each such collection was scheduled to follow the publication of Fitzgerald's novels; Taps at Reveille was published a year after Tender is the Night. The collection contains eighteen stories, including: "Crazy Sunday," "A Woman with a Past," The Last of the Belles," and "Babylon Revisited." According to the publisher, Fitzgerald chose his best short stories for this collection. Although it may lack maturity at times, the stories are full of the poignant and amusing stories of youth, gaiety and adolescent error. "Babylon Revisited" is probably the most mature story of the collection, with its rueful contemplation of the Jazz Age in Paris and its follies. (Edith H. Walton, New York Times).