To Kill a Mockingbird

Added August 7, 2014
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Harper Lee
  • J.B. Lippincott, U.S.A. 1960

to-kill_-a-mockingbird-book_-club_-front_-cover_ This book is one of the gems of my collection. Although this is a first book club edition, it came out at the same time as the true first edition.

The value of this copy is hard to assess. There are no signed or unsigned copies of the first book club edition available on-line right now, but there is a signed 39th printing for $1500 and a signed British first printing for $8500. Signed true first editions in very good+ condition range from $17,500 to $39,000.

A thirty-fifth anniversary edition was put out in 1995, and signed copies of the first printing of it are available for between $1400 and $2500, based on condition. to-kill_-a-mockingbird-book_-club_-front_-flap_

This copy came with a signed linen card, as shown below. The previous owner wrote to the publisher in the early 1960′s for an autograph and received this card.

Lee did not want her photo on the back of the dust jacket.Thus only one printing of both the true first and the first book club edition were published with the photo. These are much sought-after.

to-kill_-a-mockingbird-book_-club_-signature Although the value is much lower, this first book club edition is harder to find and arguably more rare than the true first. to-kill_-a-mockingbird-book_-club_-back_-cover_

I would rate the condition of this book at fine/near fine. The book is unread and in perfect condition. The dust jacket has very minor chipping of colour from the head of the spine, but is otherwise as nice as you are likely to find.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s only novel, was immediately successful and won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was voted the best book of the 20th century by the Library Journal.

In a Guardian newspaper survey released in August, 2014, To Kill a Mockingbird topped a list of twenty of the most influential books written by women.

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