New York: Simon and Schuster, (1943). First edition. Cloth, waterstain on front cover, otherwise a very good copy in faded and worn dust jacket. Swift had a ten year-long affair with George Gershwin, and collaborated with Ira for fifty years after George's death. From Ira Gershwin's library, with posthumous bookplate.
New York: Knopf, 1921. First edition. Boards, worn, spine defective. Ryskind's first book, a collection of light verse. Inscribed by Ryskind to Ira Gershwin, and signed by Gershwin. Ryskind's collaborations with the Gershwins include Strike up the Band (1930), Of Thee I Sing (1931), and Let 'Em Eat Cake (1933).
New York: Holt, 1928. Arno, Peter. First edition. Block cloth, front cover with inset Peter Arno illustration; very good. Inscribed by Shaw to George Gershwin, who is one of the twenty-four subjects of Shaw's profiles, each with an Arno portrait. Shaw would become a founding member of American Abstract Artists.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1932). First edition. Original cloth, good copy. Inscribed by the author to George Gershwin. Stokes's poem, based on a Nathaniel Hawthorne story, served as the libretto for Howard Hanson's opera, which opened at the New York Metropolitan Opera in February 1933. Although considered a success...