New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. First Edition. Attractive copy of O'Hara's first novel, a hard-hitting and realistic story of Pennsylvania car dealer Julian English, who over the course of three days engages in a self-destructive chain of events culminating in his suicide. One of the defining books of the 1930's, ranking number 22 on the Modern Library's "100 Best Novels" list. Bruccoli A2.1.a. Item #5067
First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm); glazed black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; yellow topstain; dustjacket; [viii],301,pp, with errata slip tipped-in following the copyright page. Tasteful bookplate of Virginia bibliophile Christopher Clark Geest on front pastedown. Tiny indentation to lower edge of front board, faint smoky odor, else very Near Fine, without the usual heavy finger-soil to the cloth. In the first state dustjacket, price-clipped, with "Recent Fiction" and seven blurbs on rear panel; light wear to extremities, a hint of sunning to spine, tiny nicks to three corners, with a handful of tiny tears and some very faint dust-soil; unrestored; about Near Fine.