FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE RAREST OF AMERICAN CLASSICS, HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
LEE, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott, (1960). Octavo, original half green cloth, brown paper boards, original dust jacket.
First edition, first printing, of Harper Lee's masterpiece, in rare first-issue dust jacket.
Harper Lee's portrayal of life in a small Alabama town captured the essence of the South at one of its most trying times. To Kill a Mockingbird became an immediate bestseller and won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is "an authentic and nostalgic story which in rare fashion at once puts together the tenderness and the tragedy of the South. They are the inseparable ingredients of a region much reported but seldom so well understood" (Jonathan Daniels). First printing, without listing of subsequent impressions, in first-issue dust jacket with photo of Lee by Truman Capote on back panel. Bookplate of entrepreneur and philanthropist Brian Fenwick-Smith.
Book fine, with slightest foxing to endpapers. Bright unfaded dust jacket extremely good, with a bit of wear mainly to extremities, minor expert reinforcement to spine ends, and single tape repair to verso. A rare and desirable copy.