London: Grant Richards, 1924. First edition. Yellow cloth, label, very good. Inscribed by Sitwell to George Gershwin "in homage", dated 21 August 1925. Sacheverell Sitwell, besides writing poetry, wrote music and music criticism, and was a patron of the composers Constant Lambert and William Walton.
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...