To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 1960 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & New York - First Edition The first edition of a novel renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many and as a model of integrity for lawyers.

On publication
To Kill a Mockingbird was instantly successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has since become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. It’s popularity was further enhanced by the movie starring Gregory Peck, which was released only two years after the book and won 3 of the 8 Academy Awards it was nominated for.
  In 2006, British librarians controversially ranked the book ahead of the Bible as one ‘every adult should read before they die’. Lee's only published novel, and although she continues to respond to the book's impact, she has refused any personal publicity for herself or the novel since 1964.

There were only 5000 copies of the book printed for the July 11th 1960 release date. Most of those went to libraries around the country. First edition issue points as follows: First edition of book, so stated on copyright page.

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  In full green morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and motifs, gilt panel on cover, marbled end papers, all edges gilt. Publisher's original spine bound in at rear.   Condition: Fine in fine binding   Ref: 104275   Price: HK$ 18,000