- J.D. Salinger
- New Yorker Magazine, New York, January 29, 1955
The first appearance of Franny, one of Salinger’s most revered stories, was in this 1955 New Yorker Magazine. Two years later, the New Yorker published Salinger’s novella Zooey, and in 1961 these two stories were featured in the Little, Brown and Company publication aptly titled Franny and Zooey.
So, this is a true first printing in very good condition, the only flaw being the fold down the centre (for mailing) which is almost ubiquitous with these older New Yorkers. In fact, the fold does not affect the value anywhere near as much as other condition issues do.
Speaking of other condition issues, watch out for damp damage (including rust around the staples), torn, cut, or missing pages, browning to the pages, and address label damage. Interestingly, the value of a magazine with an address label intact is somewhat higher than one which has been damaged by address label removal.
There is only one copy listed on AbeBooks today, and it is about $275 — a good deal, considering the extreme rarity of this classic Salinger gem. In general, values for Salinger’s first editions have been steadily rising since his death in 2010. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see these New Yorkers rise up in value to $500 or more over the next few years.
Some people collect these old magazines for their cool advertisements. Check out this full page colour ad for ‘The New Packard’. Packard went out of business in 1958.