Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” first edition. Published by Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1960. This first edition, first issue of Lee’s debut classic retains its original first state dust jacket.
The novel, set in the racially charged American South, quickly gained acclaim for its poignant exploration of justice and moral growth.
First edition copies of “To Kill a Mockingbird” remain highly collectible today because it’s a culturally impactful book exploring important themes. Its limited first edition and the scarcity of well-preserved copies add to its desirability among collectors.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” Dust Jacket
The instantly recognizable dust jacket artwork of this “To Kill a Mockingbird” first edition was designed by Shirley Smith. The cover art, featuring the mysterious Radley house oak tree, symbolizes the novel’s themes of growth and hidden complexities. This famous design adds artistic and symbolic value, making it a sought-after aspect to this first edition.
The rear panel portrait of author Harper Lee was photographed by Truman Capote. The dust jacket shows the original unclipped price of $3.95 at the bottom of the front flap. Jonathan Daniel reviews appear on the book’s back flap.
The First Edition Print Run of 5,000 Books
“To Kill a Mockingbird” had an original print run of just 5,000 copies, many of which went directly to libraries. The dust jackets for this book were printed on a photographic type of paper which tends to show every nick and crease and are often in very poor condition.
Copies of “To Kill a Mockingbird” first editions are seldom found in such good condition.
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