Hard Cover. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1953. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; in the original blue and red dust jacket lettered in white and black. Near fine with some rubbing of the gilt to spine, else fine; in a very good unclipped dust jacket with spine faded as usual, some wear to extremities and small chips to spine ends and corners, two-inch closed tear to the bottom edge of rear fold, tiny closed tear towards the middle of the front fold. Overall, a nice copy with a very clean interior. Nine Stories is a collection of short fiction that includes "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," "Just Before the War with the Eskimos," "The Laughing Man," "Down the Dinghy," "For Esmé - with Love and Squalor," "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes," "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period," and "Teddy." Although many of the stories feature the various members of Salinger's fictional Glass family, Nine Stories is perhaps best-known for "For Esmé," a story set during and in the immediate aftermath of World War II. In contrast to the United States' increasing romantic memory of WWII, Salinger the negative affects war has on civilian life even after armistice with this story of withdrawn, orphaned children and a soldier suffering with disillusionment and post-traumatic stress disorder.