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First Edition, First Printing

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator.

New York: George H. Doran Company, 1923.

Price: $13,500.00

About the item

First edition, first printing. 299 pp, last two spreads of text uncut. 1 vols. 8vo. First Edition, First Printing. Publisher's ochre cloth, blind-stamped on front cover, stamped in gilt on spine, slight wear to corners and head and tail of spine, very minor loss at bottom of cover. Fine copy. Zerden, p. 102; Dennistoun 626; Hess Collection.

Item #367549

An especially fine first edition, first printing of this investment classic, with the rare untarnished gilt stamping on spine, normally blackened or highly rubbed. In addition to the known issue of the final uncut page of text in this printing, the previous spread (pp 295–298) of this copy is also partially uncut at top.

Initially appearing in the 1920s as a series of articles and illustrations in The Saturday Evening Post, this fictionalized biography grew out of interviews Lefèvre had conducted with Jessie Livermore (1877–1940), considered a pioneer of day trading and the use technical analysis in financial forecasting, who at one point was one of the richest people in the world, not least from such legendary trades as his short position prior to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The book, which is dedicated to Livermore, "…is almost an encyclopedia of trading advice from a master who lived through good times and bad …. Lefevre captures the excitement of Livermore's career and, at the same time, preserves much of Livermore's market widsom" (Zerden).

Lefèvre also penned The Making of a Stockbroker and Wall Street Stories.