Is a worn but rare and valuable copy of the first edition of Porgy and Bess, published by Random House in an edition of 250 copies in 1935 and signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, and director Rouben Mamoulian. It is a very rare item but does lack the slipcase and it shows wear at the spine, where there is rubbing at the top and bottom. There is also rubbing to the corners, and the gutters are now gone from this volume so it will benefit from recasing. There is a pen marking reading'For Bill 1936' on the ffep, but otherwise I find no other markings.The leather label on the front cover is missing but the spine shows the original lettering/markings. Interior is bright and clean but there is a hint of discoloration to the top edges of the last 20 or 30 pages, including the signed page. Please feel free to ask any questions that you have. We are an independently owned and run bookstore located in Portland, OR which has been in operation for almost 30 years. We have over 25,000 books in stock and specialize in rare and antiquarian books, with our favorite genres being the social sciences (history, art, sociology, the classics) and the classics. We also deal in rare/vintage magazines and ephemera. We are happy to answer any questions you have about our listings and attempt to provide as much information and as many photos of the items listed as possible. Thanks for looking and we hope to do business with you in the future. We use the traditional grading system for books and magazines. The grades are Fine, Near Fine (NF) + or -, Very Good (VG) + or -, Good (G) + or -, Fair and Poor. I can't think of anything that we will be listing here which will be worse than Very Good or Good. For magazines, the grades will be Near Mint+(which will be our best grade as we don't use Mint for used or collectible magazines because any circulated magazine will have some damage, no matter how imperceptible) or -, Excellent+ or -, Very Good+ or -, Good or Poor. Fine or Near Mint+: Little to no wear, with at most one or two minor flaws. Near Fine or Excellent: Light wear, described in the listing, may contain a small marking in the book by a former owner.
Possibly a bumped corner or a mark. Magazine will show a little wear, probably appears to have been read. Very Good (both categories): A little more wear, maybe some creasing or soiling on a magazine; definitely read. Book showing some light marks on the covers, maybe a bumped corner or two. Both should be clean inside unless noted.Good: Significant wear, with some soiling and probably some light rips or tears. Books are significantly worn, soiled and sunned. Auctiva Offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. The item "Porgy and Bess First 1st Signed Auto Autograph Ira George Gershwin 71/250 Rare" is in sale since Sunday, April 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "longfellowspdx" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.