DescriptionHarper Lee. Advance Reading Copy of To Kill a Mockingbird with Autograph Letter Signed by Harper Lee. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960.
First edition, first printing, being the rare advance reading copy in publisher's printed white paper wrappers. Octavo. 296 pages.
Moderate age toning and occasional soiling and marks to wrappers with surprisingly gentle wear to edges and corners. Spine is moderately worn at extremities. Paper has started to peel at spine tail, but is easily restored. Textblock is in wonderful condition, clean and sharp. This magnificent book - the author's only major work - won a Pulitzer Prize, and in 2007 brought Harper Lee the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions to literature.
Accompanied by a one-page Autograph Letter Signed by Harper Lee dated 11/18/2006: "Thank you for your letter, but I don't receive visits from people other than old friends. I'm 80 now, and somewhat limited in locomotion & energy. Sincerely, Harper Lee." Written in heavy black ink on a sheet of plain white paper. Transmittal envelope addressed by the author is included. Both are in fine condition.
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