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BRADFORD, Pa., Sep 02, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A Pennsylvania book dealer hopes to get at least $25,000 for a rare first edition of "The Great Gatsby."

As of Friday afternoon, no one had met Thomas Baldwin's reserve price.

Baldwin is selling the book for an unidentified Delaware man, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Baldwin, owner of Baldwin's Book Barn in Bradford Township, said admits that the book is not in pristine condition. In fact, he said that at first he was not particularly interested in it.

But then he realized that it is a first edition with the original dust jacket, identifiable by typographical errors that were corrected after the initial press run of 24,000 copies in 1925. One major error is a spelling of Jay Gatsby's first name with a lower-case J, which was corrected by hand on the first dust jackets.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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