Hard Cover. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1959. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, usual third issue with dedication leaf. Publisher's blue-gray cloth, lettered in gilt; in the original white dust jacket with mustard yellow spine panel, lettered in black. A near fine copy with some sunning to top edge and gilt very slightly dimmed, else fine; in a very good or better dust jacket with some toning and light rubbing to extremities, short closed tear to spine head, price sticker to front flap. Overall, an attractive, sturdy copy. This volume contains two of Salinger's novellas that feature Seymour Glass, the eldest child of Salinger's fictional Glass family that appears in many of his writings. Like many of the Glass family stories, both Raise High the Roof Beam and Seymour are narrated by Buddy Glass, the second oldest Glass child. In the first novella, Buddy, a member of the American armed services during WWII, is on leave to visit his family in the United States for the occasion of his brother Seymour's wedding; the title Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters is a reference to a Sappho verse, in which she depicts Ares as a bridegroom. Seymour: An Introduction takes place six years later, after Seymour has committed suicide. In this novella, Buddy reminisces on his brother's life and the events leading up to his death, including those that transpired in Raise High the Roof Beam, in a stream-of-consciousness narrative.