Signed by George and Ira Gershwin
GERSHWIN, George. Porgy and Bess. An Opera in Three Acts. New York: Random House , 1935.
First edition, limited to 250 copies signed by all authors, this being number 178. Quarto (12 1/4 x 9 1/4; 311 x 235 mm). [xiv], 559, [1, blank] pp. With signed limitation page inserted at rear. With color frontispiece and title-page illustrations by George Biddle.

Publisher’s full red morocco, blind-stamped front board and spine, without the black morocco label on spine. Decorated endpapers. Spine darkened with one small chip to top, rear hinge starting. Includes 22 page "Souvenir Book" and publisher's original straw-covered slipcase. Publisher's slipcase slightly rubbed and worn, mostly at edges. Overall, a very good copy.

"Porgy and Bess, an opera written by George Gershwin (1898-1937) in collaboration with DuBose Heyward (1885-1940) and Gershwin's brother Ira (1896-1983), is the one American opera to become fully established in the international opera repertory as well as in the popular musical imagination. Its tunes have become standards for jazz improvisation, and the lullaby "Summertime" has by now achieved the status of a folk song. Porgy and Bess is based on DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel Porgy and on the 1927 Broadway play of the same name by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. Gershwin sketched the opera in 1934 and prepared the orchestra score from September 1934 to September 1935." (American Treasures of the Library of Congress).

HBS # 67591 $8,000