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Fitzgerald F. Scott This Side of Paradise

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

  • Scott Fitzgerald's first novel and success, This Side of Paradise published by Scribner's (New York) sold out in less than one week in 1920. His protagonist, Amory Blaine, drifts through his Princeton days pining for happiness and purpose he cannot seem to obtain. (The parallels of the plot with Fitzgerald's own life are difficult to ignore as he was courting Zelda Zayre at the time who later became his wife. The success of this book helped him to win her over.) First editions with "The Author's Apology" and Fitzgerald signature typically range from $3,000-$7,500 at auction. First editions without the signature command $1,000-$2,000.
  • We collected a sample of 20 auction results of Fitzgerald, F. Scott's This Side of Paradise from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $300 and the highest overall price realized was $9760. The overall average price was $3111 and the median price realized for the book was $1440. There were 5 auctions (28%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 11 auctions (61%) exceeding the high estimates, and 2 auctions (11%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a PBA sale on March 23, 2017 of a 1920 - Scribner's edition for $9600 that one of 500 copies with signed "The Author's Apology"; a Swann sale on November 20, 2012 of a 1920 edition for $7200 that one of 500 copies with signed "The Author's Apology"; a Swann sale on April 22, 2010 of a 1921 edition for $7200 that with an inscription from author; a Bonhams sale on October 19, 2009 of a 1920 - Scribner's edition for $9760 that with an inscription from author;

    Recent Auction Results:

    Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
    PBA March 23, 2017 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $10000-$15000 $9600 PBA Copies for Sale
    Swann May 18, 2016 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $600-$900 $715 Swann Copies for Sale
    PBA January 14, 2016 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $1000-$1500 $2400 PBA Copies for Sale
    PBA April 16, 2015 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York A.L. Burt 1920 $500-$800 $300 PBA Copies for Sale
    PBA March 14, 2013 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $300-$500 $1080 PBA Copies for Sale
    Swann November 20, 2012 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York 1920 $4000-$6000 $7200 Swann Copies for Sale
    PBA June 16, 2011 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $200-$300 $420 PBA Copies for Sale
    PBA February 24, 2011 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $1000-$1500 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
    Swann April 22, 2010 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise London 1921 $700-$1000 $7200 Swann Copies for Sale
    PBA October 22, 2009 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $1000-$1500 $600 PBA Copies for Sale
    Bonhams October 19, 2009 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 - $9760 Bonhams Copies for Sale
    Swann October 1, 2009 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York 1920 $300-$400 $660 Swann Copies for Sale
    Bonhams September 29, 2009 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 - $1316 Bonhams Copies for Sale
    PBA January 15, 2009 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $1500-$2500 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
    PBA December 13, 2007 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $3000-$5000 $6600 PBA Copies for Sale
    Swann November 29, 2007 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York 1920 $250-$350 $1560 Swann Copies for Sale
    Swann May 17, 2007 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York 1920 $2000-$3000 $3920 Swann Copies for Sale
    Swann September 29, 2005 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York 1920 $2000-$3000 $1840 Swann Copies for Sale
    PBA June 2, 2005 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York Scribner's 1920 $700-$1000 $1320 PBA Copies for Sale
    Swann October 16, 2003 Fitzgerald, F. Scott. This Side of Paradise New York 1920 $1500-$2000 $3680 Swann Copies for Sale