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  • To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by A.C. and Alice Lee

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    Third printing (published the same year as the first) of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Signed by both dedicatee’s on the front free endpaper, “Thanks for your interest A.C. Lee” and “Alice F. Lee.” A.C. Lee was the inspiration for the character Atticus Finch and Alice took over her father’s law practice after his death in 1962. Lee based the character on her own father, Amasa Coleman Lee, an Alabama lawyer, who, like Atticus, represented black defendants in a highly publicized criminal trial. Book magazine’s list of The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900 names Finch as the seventh best fictional character of 20th-century literature. In 2003, the American Film Institute voted Atticus Finch, as portrayed in an Academy Award-winning performance by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film adaptation, as the greatest hero of all American cinema. In the 2018 Broadway stage play adapted by Aaron Sorkin, Finch is portrayed by various actors including Jeff Daniels, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear, Rhys Ifans, and Richard Thomas. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which is an 11th printing. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. We have never seen another example signed by both A.C. and Alice Lee.

    Price: $6,500.00     Item Number: 117865

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  • First edition of the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill A Mockingbird.

    New York: HarperCollins 1995.

    First printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.

    Price: $1,600.00     Item Number: 116511

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  • First edition of Dee Alexander Brown's The Bold Cavaliers; inscribed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee to close personal friend and colleague Charles Weldon Carruth

    BROWN, DEE ALEXANDER. [HARPER LEE].

    The Bold Cavaliers: Morgan’s 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Raiders.

    Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company 1959.

    First edition of the author’s Civil War classic. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee on the front free endpaper to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To Charles with love, Nelle.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper,  ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. The two remained close friends and corresponded well into the early 1990s. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Burchard.

    Price: $5,000.00     Item Number: 116234

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  • "You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life": Exceptionally Rare collection of original Harper Lee drawings, paintings and letters with a first edition of To Kill A Mockingbird in the scarce first issue dust jacket; inscribed by Lee to close colleague and friend Charles Weldon Carruth

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird. Original Harper Lee Drawing, Painting and Letter Collection.

    Philadelphia & New York: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    First edition of perhaps the most important American novel of the 20th century, inscribed by Harper Lee to a close college friend and with a scarce archive of drawings and letters exchanged between the two. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Association copy, inscribed by Harper Lee to close University of Alabama college friend, Charles Weldon Carruth, “To my dear friend Charles, with love always — Harper Lee.” In the fall term of 1945, Lee and Carruth both enrolled in a Shakespeare course taught by one of the University of Alabama’s most famous faculty members, Hudson Strode, who directed the school’s theatre troupe and taught several courses in theatre and creative-writing. At the University of Alabama, Lee contributed a regular column to the campus newspaper,  ‘Caustic Comments for Crimson White’, as well as many articles to the university’s humor magazine, Rammer Jammer, of which she became editor in chief in 1946. Lee ultimately dropped out of college before graduation and moved to Manhattan in 1949 to pursue writing as a career; Carruth later moved to New York City as well, where he worked as a radio producer before becoming a writer and editor for the Catholic News. Near fine in the rare first-issue dust jacket which is in very good condition.

    Accompanied by an exceptionally rare archive of pencil and ink drawings sketched by Lee of Carruth, caricatures drawn by her while attending Strode’s Shakespeare courses, an original acrylic portrait by Lee of Carruth inscribed by her on the verso “From Nelle Lee, Dec 25, 1952”, and three letters written by Lee to Carruth regarding her thoughts on her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

    Measuring 8 inches by 10 inches on ruled sheets of paper, the 11 drawings, four of which are signed by Lee “NLee”, include 5 realist studies of Carruth in various poses and six captioned caricatures in ink depicting him as Shakespearean leads including: a portrayal of Shylock as a pawn shop owner and “Money Lender Extraordinaire: Easy Loans – Pound of Flesh Compounded Semi-Annually”, King Lear standing on the cliffs of Dover with a price tag (“$3.98”) hanging from his cloak, Hamlet standing on a diving board with Yorick’s skull and a bloody knife hidden behind his back (performed at the “Old Vic”), Julius Caesar smoking a pipe while “contemplating the infinite”; Othello towering over an angel and devil; Cassius dripping dry outside the Roman baths where “you must have a ticket before you bathe”, Malvolio, “the impatient one,” crossing his legs while “waiting to go to the jakes”, and Carruth dressed as an unidentified female character with Carruth’s note, “Fall Quarter/ Univ. Ala 1945”. Additionally included is a caricature of Professor Strode wearing the breeches and curly-toed shoes of a court jester with his book “Timeless Mexico” in one hand and Yorick’s skull in the other, signed “Nelle Lee” and dated “11/8/45.”

    Showcasing not only the depth, but also the length of Lee and Carruth’s friendship, the three letters include a letter written by Lee to Carruth in 1991 regarding his retirement, “My beloved Charlie, I can’t think of anyone to whom these words apply more — in your work, in your life — ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ …You are one of the most special people to me, and you have meant so much to my life.” Two years later, in January 1993, the second letter thanks him for a “…lovely Christmas remembrance and, farther back, your memoir of Winston County [Alabama, where Carruth was born].” Despairing the changes occurring in her hometown, she continues, “You remember the Faulknerian prophecy — the Snopeses shall inherit the earth? They’ve already taken over Monroeville … they are trying to turn Harper Lee into a tourist attraction like Graceland or Elvis.” She goes on to discuss the restoration of the Old Courthouse, and remarks that she “nearly had a fit” after seeing a billboard featuring a mockingbird, describing it as “in indescribable taste” and “a fraud on the public”. “[They] say they are doing this to honor me. What they are doing … [is] embarrassing me beyond endurance … So keep an eye out for a small place that will hold 10,000 books … is near grocery stores & hospitals, and you! … We can look at each other and celebrate our longevity.” Signed by Lee as the Queen Victoria, “Your unamused but loving, Victoria R & I.” Lee often gave herself nicknames when signing letters: “Francesca da Rimini,” one of Dante’s damned, when she felt hopeless; “E. Bouverie Pusey,” the Anglican theologian, when she got worked up about some finer points of theology; and “Victoria R/I”—the Queen Empress Victoria—when she felt royal and moody.

    A remarkable collection offering unprecedented insight into the education, broad talents, unique sense of humor, and deep personal thoughts regarding the reception of the most important work of one of America’s most respected and enigmatic writers.

    Price: $100,000.00     Item Number: 1115260

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  • "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view": First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee in a Contemporary Hand

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “To Liquouri Britain with my best wishes, Nelle Harper Lee.” The recipient was a friend and neighbor of Lee’s who lived Monroeville, Alabama. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some expert restoration. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $30,000.00     Item Number: 112768

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  • First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Boldly signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket without any restoration. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $27,500.00     Item Number: 112288

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  • “As sure as time, history is repeating itself, and as sure as man is man, history is the last place he’ll look for his lessons": First Trade Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman; Signed by Her

    LEE, HARPER.

    Go Set A Watchman.

    New York: Harper Collins 2015.

    First trade edition of Lee’s second novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. This copy was a gift from Lee’s attorney Tonja Brooks Carter to a clerk of the court in Monroeville, Alabama. Brooks Carter was responsible for rediscovering the manuscript of this novel and instrumental to its publication. The last signed copy at auction brought 12,000. While signed limited editions are available, signed trade editions are decidedly scarce and with noted provenance. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jarrod Taylor. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $9,000.00     Item Number: 62082

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  • “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    Early printing of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Harper Lee on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Shirley Smith.

    Price: $4,200.00     Item Number: 111927

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  • “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird; Finely Bound

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    First edition, second printing of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, bound in full green morocco, gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 107221

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  • “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for": First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Inscribed by Harper Lee

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “To Jennie with my best wishes Nelle Lee.” The recipient must have been a person close to the author, as Lee reserved inscriptions using the name Nelle family members and close friends. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph of Lee on the back panel by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $50,000.00     Item Number: 99740

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  • "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird"; First edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee and Truman Capote

    LEE, HARPER (TRUMAN CAPOTE).

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company 1960.

    First edition of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which had an initial first printing of 5,000 copies. Octavo, original green cloth backed brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. Signed by both Harper Lee and Truman Capote on the front free endpaper. Truman Capote’s friendship with Harper Lee began in the summer of 1929 when the two became next door neighbors in Monroeville, Alabama; both were the age of five. They shared a love of reading and began collaborating when Lee was gifted a typewriter by her father as a child. Lee drew on their friendship as inspiration for the characters Lee and Scout in her masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird; Capote based his tomboy character Idabel Thompkins in his first novel Other Voices, Other Rooms on Lee. They worked together on Capote’s true crime novel, In Cold Blood; Lee acted as his ‘assistant reasearchist’ and edited the final draft of the book. Upon its publication in 1965, Capote failed to acknowledge Lee’s contributions to the book, after which their relationship was never the same. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Shirley Smith. Photograph by Truman Capote. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare, this is the first example we have seen signed by both Lee and Capote.

    Price: $72,000.00     Item Number: 73100

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  • “It is no shame to have a dirty face- the shame comes when you keep it dirty": First Edition of Truman Capote's Classic In Cold Blood; Signed by Truman Capote and Harper Lee

    CAPOTE, TRUMAN [HARPER LEE].

    In Cold Blood.

    New York: Random House 1965.

    First edition of Capote’s landmark true-crime novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Truman Capote and Harper Lee on the half-title page. Truman Capote’s friendship with Harper Lee began in the summer of 1929 when the two became next door neighbors in Monroeville, Alabama; both were the age of five. They shared a love of reading and began collaborating when Lee was gifted a typewriter by her father as a child. Lee drew on their friendship as inspiration for the characters Lee and Scout in her masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird; Capote based his tomboy character Idabel Thompkins in his first novel Other Voices, Other Rooms on Lee. They worked together on Capote’s true crime novel, In Cold Blood; Lee acted as his ‘assistant reasearchist’ and edited the final draft of the book. Upon its publication in 1965, Capote failed to acknowledge Lee’s contributions to the book, after which their relationship was never the same. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Jacket design by S. Neil Fujita. An exceptional association copy.

     

     

     

    Price: $16,000.00     Item Number: 68088

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  • "You are without a doubt the kindest friend I have": Harper Lee Signed Letter to Close Friend Bruce Higgison

    LEE, HARPER.

    Harper Lee Autographed Letter Signed.

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    Autograph letter signed by Harper Lee on her personal monogram letterhead, June 26, 2009. The letter is written to her longtime friend Bruce Higgison. It reads, “My own Bruce: You are without a doubt the kindest friend I have, and are the kindest person in general—in the world, that is. In other words, you are so good to me and I love you. Nelle.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Lee’s hand. The letter measures 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 24 inches. A very warm and personal letter from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill A Mockingbird.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 65033

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  • “Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious": Signed Limited Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman

    LEE, HARPER.

    Go Set A Watchman.

    New York: HarperCollins Publishers 2015.

    Signed limited edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo. One of 500 numbered copies, signed by Harper Lee. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition with the original shipping carton.

    Price: $1,850.00     Item Number: 7352

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  • “Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience. There is no such thing as a collective conscious": Signed Limited Edition of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman

    LEE, HARPER.

    Go Set A Watchman.

    : Random House 2015.

    Signed limited edition of the author’s second novel. Octavo, bound in full morocco. One of a 100 numbered copies, signed by Harper Lee. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition.

    Price: $4,500.00     Item Number: 5503

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  • First Edition of the 40th Anniversary Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird; Signed by Harper Lee

    LEE, HARPER.

    To Kill A Mockingbird.

    New York: HarperCollins 1999.

    First edition, first printing of the 40th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Harper Lee on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 3949

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