SCADE Apparatus for F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. South Carolina Press, 1974. First edition, first printing. Very Good condition with foxing present. Original Good dust jacket.
From Frances Scott "Scottie" Fitzgerald's personal library. Signed and inscribed by Matthew J. Bruccoli on title page "Scottie - with love & luv Matt."
Bruccoli once wrote, "I met Scottie on 9 October 1964, at an auction for the benefit of the Baltimore Symphony. She had donated two books I wanted: a copy of Death in the Afternoon inscribed by Hemingway to Fitzgerald and a Gatsby inscribed by Fitzgerald to his mother. By trying to get both, I got neither. There was a third book-not donated by Scottie-an inscribed Taps of Reveille that I tried to buy so as to not leave empty handed. As the bidding rose to $250 I discovered that I was bidding against Scottie-to whom I had introduced myself earlier in the evening-and I dropped out. She took it at $275, wrote a gracious note in the book, and gave it to me. She later explained that she was troubled because I had missed out on the other books. That response defined Scottie. I fell in devotion to her; for the rest of her life she encouraged and inspired my Fitzgerald work. We collaborated on eight "Daddy books," four of which give her title-page credit. At some point around 1970 my Fitzgerald collection became a celebration of Scottie. She gave me Daddy items at Christmas. After her death I received a box of Fitzgerald books she had selected during her last days and arranged to be sent to cheer me up after she died. The best thing I got out of F. Scott Fitzgerald was Scottie Fitzgerald." Item #310605