To Kill a Mockingbird

Added February 20, 2016
  • 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 book has risen since the controversial release of Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and should rise again with Lee’s recent passing.

There is one signed copy of this first book club edition available on-line right now, priced at well over $7,000. Signed true first editions in very good+ condition now range from $21,000 to $45,000.

A thirty-fifth anniversary edition was put out in 1995, and signed copies of the first printing of it are available for between $2500 and $4,000, based largely 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 directly from the publisher.

Lee famously 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, and even some of those were pulled from warehouse shelves and replaced with a ‘second state’ dust jacket without the photo. Therefore, copies with the photo are much sought-after. If you are buying a copy on-line, be sure you know which dust jacket you’re getting. The difference in value between the two is considerable.

to-kill_-a-mockingbird-book_-club_-signature Although the value is much lower, these first book club editions are in fact harder to find and arguably more rare than the true first.

I would rate the condition of this book at fine/near fine. The book is unread and in perfect condition. to-kill_-a-mockingbird-book_-club_-back_-cover_ 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 up until the July, 2015 release of Go Set a Watchman, 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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