June 21, 07:04 PM GMT
3,000 - 4,000 USD
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.