New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1934. First Edition. 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 #6958
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. Hint of a forward lean, base of spine gently nudged, with some very faint finger-soil to the glaze on upper covers; gilt titling is bright and unrubbed; Near Fine. In the first state dustjacket (priced $2.50), with "Recent Fiction" and seven blurbs on rear panel; upper rear flap is clipped, gentle sunning to spine and rear panel, modest shelfwear, with several nicks, tears, and creases; 2.5" split to lower front flap fold mended with clear tape on verso, with spine ends unnecessarily reinforced with paper tape on verso; Very Good.