LEE, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. London: Heinemann, 1960.
8vo. Original burgundy linson boards, lettered in silver to spine, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 9-296; a very good clean copy, with slight bumps to corners and pushing to head and foot, internally very clean with the suggestion of a previous ownership name excised by rubbing to the ffep; protected by an equally attractive, unclipped dustwrapper (16s) with the photographic portrait of the young author to the lower panel; the wrapper with marginal creasing and some tiny nicks to head and foot of spine, which is also ever-so-slightly sunned; one of the nicer examples we have seen, and rare in such condition.
First U.K. edition; first published by Lippincott in Philadelphia in the same year.
This classic of modern American literature, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, is a publishing phenomenon and probably the most widely read book dealing with race in the United States. Generations of children, and adults, have benefitted from the life-lesssons learned by young Scout, Jem, and Dill as they watch lawyer Atticus Finch battle social and racial divides in America's deep south in the 1930s.
The novel was the basis for the 1962 Robert Mulligan film starring Gregory Peck, and winner of three Academy Awards, as well as a nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes the following year.