GERSHWIN, GEORGE and HEYWARD, DUBOSE Porgy and Bess. An Opera in Three Acts.
. New York: Random House, 1935. First edition, number 39 of 250 deluxe copies signed by George and Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward and director Rouben Mamoulian. Original red morocco stamped in blind with lettering label to upper cover, straw-paper slipcase. 12 1/4 x 9 inches (31.5 x 23.5 cm); frontispiece and title page decoration by George Biddle, 559 pp,  pp. Cloth on slipcase worn and lacking portions, the spine of the book lacking labels and somewhat darkened, very minor rubbing, edges of text block a trifle soiled, somewhat overopened at front, some fingersoiling, in all a sound copy.
The scarce deluxe edition of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin's ambitious and controversial "American folk opera," which debuted on Broadway in October 1935 with an entirely African-American cast.
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