Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scriber's Sons, 1934. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Edward Shenton. First edition, first printing with Scribner's "A" present on copyright page (later printings omitted this publisher's code), in a first issue dust jacket with T. S. Eliot's blurb on the front jacket flap. One of 7,600 copies. Publisher's blue-green cloth, front board with blind-stamped single rule frame, titles in gilt to spine; in its original first issue dust jacket with colorful wraparound French Riviera scene by an unknown artist. Very good, with light soiling to boards, light wear and toning to spine ends, some wear to corners, with what appears to be small bite marks to upper and lower corners of front board, light bump to bottom edge of front board, light offsetting to endpapers, and a bit of dampstaining to front free endpaper and rear pastedown; good unclipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, shallow chipping to spine ends, light wear to folds, some chipping to corners, small chip to top of front panel, front panel bright and clean, a few significant tears to panels, some dampstaining to bottom of rear panel and spine, light tape repair to corners to jacket, and and heavy tape repair to jacket verso. Overall, a very presentable example of the scarce first issue dust jacket. Bruccoli A14.I.a. Tender is the Night is Fitzgerald's last completed novel, based on the lives of American ex-patriots living in Paris and the French Riviera. The book is a complicated tale of love and lust, and gives readers a glimpse into the characters' stories through a series of flashbacks scattered throughout the chronological plotline. Like many of Fitzgerald's works, Tender is the Night is semi-autobiographical in nature, with the author's friends serving as models for characters, including Pablo Picasso, the Cole Porters, and socialites Sara and Gerald Murphy, to whom the book is dedicated. Interestingly, Fitzgerald took the title "Tender is the Night" from a line in John Keats' poem "Ode to a Nightingale."