Signed book: Lyrics on Several Occasions. First edition. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. Hardcover with dustjacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 371 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “For Felix De Cola, With admiration—and every good wish—from Ira Gershwin,” with an ink signature “George Gershwin,” on a light green slip clipped from a check affixed below Ira’s signature, most likely by Ira himself, as was his custom when giving gifts of this kind. Felix De Cola (1906–1983) was a popular South-African born American pianist, composer and entertainer. He had several successful radio and TV shows (included among the first US Emmy nominees in 1949) and is remembered by many as the piano teacher of Harpo Marx. Book description: VG+/VG+. Green and brown cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering; light rubbing to edges and minor bumps to lower corners; minor foxing to textblock fore-edge; slight discoloration/remnants of tape on ffep; few pencil marks to text. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover; slight wear to edges with one approx. ¾” tear at spinetail; very lightly soiled and yellowed. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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