A Signet Book. Published by The New American Library. Stated "first Printing, March, 1953" on copyright page. First paperback edition of Salinger's masterpiece. A scarce 1st paperback with only 2500 printed.. 1001 is at top of front wrapper. The cover add reads: "This unusual book may shock you, will make you laugh, and may break your heart--but you will never forget it." Condition: very good, with crease mark to edge of spine, light crease to top right corner, 2" bookplate at lower corner of inside cover, light edge wear, spine a bit leaning, and some browning marks to front free endpaper and first couple preliminary pages. Nicer than usually seen. 159 pages.