Friday, October 11, 2013

A Harper Lee Mystery

Here's a scan of the front cover of an early copy of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Philadelphia & New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1960. Inside flap -- Third Printing; inside verso of title page -- Third Impression).
Provenance: my mother picked this up somewhere along the way; I think it was in North Carolina at a used bookstore or garage sale, probably in the 1970s. 

The inscription on the front endpaper, in blue ink, reads:

"To Mack and Zada Miller 
 with my best wishes, 
 Harper Lee

                           September 2, 1960"

To Kill a Mockingbird was first published on July 11, 1960. So the mystery element is: who were Mack and Zada Miller and what became of them?  And: besides autographing this copy of her beloved novel, what was Harper Lee up to on September 2, 1960? And where was she?    

Today's Rune: Defense. 


Charles Gramlich said...

Signed. Wow! Very cool.

Adorably Dead said...

That is awesome. This is exactly why I love books from second hand stores. I've found so many neat things from poems to random musings from the original owner.

Anonymous said...

Tea party republicans are enemies of the State. Ted Cruz is an "imperious psychopath". Have a nice day.

Luma Rosa said...

Hi, Erik!
You talk with a very curious person, so do not ask me, because I want to answer! (rs*)
I love this book. Perhaps Harper Lee before he became famous, were exchanging confidences with Capote...
Zada Miller may have been a writer and Mack Miller a professional skier?
Good week!

Anonymous said...

We could really use a Boo Radley now, to take care of the Republi-nazis who've taken over Congress.