New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926. First Edition. The Delaware author's first novel, a sweeping novel tracing the rise and fall of several generations of a Dunkard family, which was published with the assistance of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Biggs and Fitzgerald were roommates during their years at Princeton University; the two often put out the college literary magazine by themselves, and the men maintained a friendship throughout their lives. Biggs was one of 30 or so mourners at Fitzgerald's funeral, and acted as guardian and executor of his daughter Scottie's estate, negotiating a contract to screen rights to The Great Gatsby for her. Uncommon; we find no copies for sale in the trade (Dec.2017), with fewer than two dozen copies held in OCLC. Item #2925
First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamed in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [xiv],230,pp. Inscribed by the author on the first blank page: "For Betty Halladay and for Ron. With love / John Biggs Jr. / Wooddale / 11/24/75." Light wear to spine ends, spine gilt rubbed off, dents to front cover and lower fore-edge, with a thin crack to rear hinge; Very Good only. In supplied dustjacket designed by J.W. Oliver; unclipped (priced $2.00), lightly edgeworn and dusty, with some scattered foxing and a few short tears; Very Good+.