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    Rare To Kill A Mockingbird Advance Reading Copy With Harper Lee Autograph Note Signed. An extremely rare advance reading copy of Harper Lee's beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird published by J. B. Lippincott, New York, 1960. This advance copy is complete and unabridged, identical in size with the original first edition, the only difference being the addition of paper covers. It comes housed in a beautiful full leather case with gilt titles. The copy on offer is interesting in that a previous curious owner has removed a pasted down top cover revealing a second, and different cover underneath. It looks as though this procedure was done professionally as there is only some staining left by the glue but no remnants of the glue. The covers vary in virtually every way, but both do contain Truman Capote's endorsement of the book "...so funny, so likeable". This particular copy is in very good condition though the text block is slightly cocked and the pages are toned at the edges. The top cover has been professionally restored with small areas of loss repaired, and some of the affected printing enhanced by hand. Accompanying the book is an undated typed letter from a previous owner to Harper Lee requesting that she sign the copy on offer. Lee responds by adding a handwritten note at the bottom of the original typed letter which says, in part "My eyesight is so poor now that I've stopped signing books....Would you accept a signed book label to put in your book? H. L.". The label signed "Harper Lee" along with the return envelope dated January 17, 2007 is included with the lot. First edition copies of this work are quite scarce, but advance reading copies are virtually nonexistent.



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    Auction Dates
    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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