Fitzgerald, F Scott.  The Great Gatsby. 1st edition. Insc to Tommy Hitchcock, model for Tom Buchanan
Lot 1107
FITZGERALD, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£9,000 - 12,000
amended
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Lot Details
FITZGERALD, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY.
GATSBY COPY INSCRIBED TO TOMMY HITCHCOCK, MODEL FOR TOM BUCHANAN.
The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Original dark green cloth. Interior leaves toned, 1 1/2 inch cuts at outer margin of half title and rear blank, light chipping and clip stain to f.f.e. just impinging inscription, library stamp to pastedown; covers rubbed, corners bumped, rubbing and wear to head and tail of spine.

First edition, signed and inscribed by the author: "For Tommy Hitchcock / for keeps / from his friend / F. Scott Fitzgerald / Los Angeles / 1927." Tommy Hitchcock was a dashing World War I veteran of the Lafayette Escadrille and the U.S.'s top polo player from the 1920s through World War II. Fitzgerald met Hitchcock at Long Island's Meadowbrook Polo Club, and found in the polo star the model for both the wealthy and privileged Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby as well as Tommy Barban in Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald signs this copy sometime between January and March of 1927, when he was invited to Hollywood by producer John W. Constantine to write a flapper comedy for Constance Talmadge.
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  • Footnote should read in full: First edition, signed and inscribed by the author: "For Tommy Hitchcock / for keeps / from his friend / F. Scott Fitzgerald / Los Angeles / 1927." Tommy Hitchcock was a dashing World War I veteran of the Lafayette Escadrille and the U.S.'s top polo player from the 1920s through World War II. Fitzgerald met Hitchcock at Long Island's Meadowbrook Polo Club, and found in the polo star the model for both the wealthy and privileged Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby as well as Tommy Barban in Tender is the Night. Fitzgerald signs this copy sometime between January and March of 1927, when he was invited to Hollywood by producer John W. Constantine to write a flapper comedy for Constance Talmadge.
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