Hard Cover. Cincinnati, New York, and London: The John Church Company, 1916. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition. 4to. Publisher's orange cloth-backed white boards with illustration of two fashionable women and a mask by V. Newlin '19 to front board. Very good, with some soiling to boards, hint of soiling to pp. 16-17, corners slightly worn, front board with pencil price ("35c.") and light crease at bottom. Overall, a pleasing copy of one of Fitzgerald's very early works. Bruccoli A4. Safety First! is a musical score for the Princeton Triangle Club's 1916 musical comedy show. It is the third and final Triangle Club show that F. Scott Fitzgerald penned lyrics for, the other two being Fie! Fie! Fi-Fi! (1914) and The Evil Eye (1915). Triangle Club productions were completely student-written and produced, with male actors dressing up as female characters for comic effect. Sadly, Fitzgerald was unable to perform in them due to poor grades. Safety First! was first performed on December 15, 1916. The next year, heartbroken by the dissolution of his relationship with Ginevra King, Fitzgerald dropped out of Princeton and joined the army. During this time, he began working on what would become his masterful semi-autobiographical debut novel, This Side of Paradise (1920).