Seymour: An Introduction

Added October 28, 2012
  • Seymour: An Introduction
  • J.D. Salinger
  • New Yorker Magazine, June 6, 1955, New York

seymour-an_-introduction-new_-yorker-story_ This is the true first edition of Salinger’s stream of conscious narrative Seymour: An Introduction. This is one of Salinger’s Glass family stories in which Seymour’s brother, Buddy, tells the story of Seymour, who committed suicide eleven years earlier in the story A Perfect Day for Bananafish.

This novella would come out four years later in book format, paired with Raise the Roof Beam High, Carpenters and published by Little, Brown and Company.

There are no copies of this magazine available today on-line, but they do come up for sale occasionally. seymour-an_-introduction-new_-yorker-cover_

This copy is in near fine condition with just a half inch chip at the bottom of the front cover. There are none of the usual condition issues present, such as a center mailing fold, address label damage, tanning to the text block edges, missing or torn pages, loose cover or center pages, or cut-outs of cartoons, etc.

So, this copy would be near the top of a price range of between $250 to $400. If you are looking for a copy, check eBay. You can sometimes save money on eBay compared to on-line booksellers.

But, be aware that eBay sellers are not always as knowledgeable about books as sellers on AbeBooks or other used book websites.

As always, ask the seller for clear photos, seymour-an_-introduction-new_-yorker-back_-cover_ and ask for specific information about the condition issues I mentioned above.

If, as an extreme example, a cartoon has been cut out, taking even a tiny portion of the story with it, the value would drop from $400 to less than $50.

These magazines are getting more difficult to find and prices have risen steadily since Salinger’s death in 2010. Even 5 years ago, prices were about half of what they are today.

I always like to show an advertisement from these old magazines. Here is a back cover ad for the 1959 Renault Dauphine.

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