GERSHWIN, GEORGE | George Gershwin's Song-Book. (New York: Random House, 1932)
George Gershwin's Song-Book. (New York: Random House, 1932)
4to (12 3/4 x 9 1/2 in; 322 x 235 mm). Half-title, photographic frontispiece, title-page printed in red and black with vignette, 18 full-page color illustrations, booklet score of "Mischa, Yascha, Toscha, Sascha" in pocket on rear pastedown (a little spotted and creased); minor spotting at fore- and lower edges. Publisher's dark blue morocco, spine stamped in gilt, joints, corners, and head and foot of spine variously worn rubbed, minor wear to extremities; original blue board slipcase; broken.
First edition, no. 78 of 300 copies signed by Gershwin and Constantin Alajalov. Featuring eighteen songs, each accompanied by a full-page illustration by Alajalov, including some of the composer's most famous, "Fascinating Rhythm," "Swanee," "Strike Up the Band," and "I Got Rhythm" among them.
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.