29 June 2005
LAWRENCE, Jerome (1915-2004) and Robert E. LEE (1918-1994). Inherit the Wind. New York: Random House, 1955.
8o. Originl gray cloth with photographic label on upper cover (minor wear at spine ends); dust jacket (some slight darkening, minor wear along edges and at folds); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Louis and Bryna Untermeyer (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, warmly inscribed by Lawrence to the writer and poet Louis Untermeyer and his wife: "To Louis and Bryna -- with affection and gratitude from your literary god-sons. Jerry Bob [in Lee's hand] -- and we'd still be writing those endless radio shows if you hadn't led us to hard-back bindings." Inherit the Wind, based on the Scopes monkey trial, was first performed onstage at the National Theatre in New York City in 1955. It became the basis for a 1960 film starring Spencer Tracy, who was nominated for an Oscar, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.
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