Hard Cover. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1951. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; in the original first issue dust jacket designed by Michael Mitchell with the "$3.00" printed over the shoulder of the "R", illustration of a merry-go-round horse in front of a cityscape to front panel, lettered in yellow and black, photographic portrait of Salinger by Lotte Jacobi to rear panel. A near fine book with a slight lean to spine and ownership inscription in ink to front free endpaper; in an about very good dust jacket, unclipped, with wear and toning to extremities, small chips and a few closed tears to spine ends and top edge of rear panel, one small closed tear to front fold. Overall, a handsome copy free of any repairs or restoration. The Catcher in the Rye is J. D. Salinger's first and only novel. It tells the story of protagonist and anti-hero Holden Caulfield, a disillusioned teenager who flees his prep school to wander the streets of New York City. Almost immediately after publication, Catcher in the Rye became both extremely popular and highly controversial. While many young people identified with Caulfield's teenage rebellion, critics were wary of the protagonist's explicit language and open questioning of his own sexuality. In 1981, Catcher in the Rye was simultaneously the second most taught novel in American public schools and the one of the nation's most censored books.