Gershwin, Ira. (1896–1983)

"Oh Me, Oh My!" - Signed Copy of Ira's first lyrics

New York: T. B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter. 1921. Signed and inscribed sheet music cover from the 1921 musical comedy "Two Little Girls in Blue," the very first show for which perhaps the greatest lyricist of all time provided the lyrics. At the time, Ira Gershwin used the pseudonym "Arthur Francis", because he did not want to trade on the fame of his younger brother George, who was already well-known as a composer. "Arthur" and "Francis" were the names of George and Ira's two younger siblings. The present sheet music is inscribed in ink "For Robert McCall Hall / With best wishes" and is signed "Ira Gershwin, a.k.a. Arthur Francis / Beverly Hills, Sept., 1973." Probable first edition, listing 6 vocal selections on the cover.  Unexamined out of frame, possibly the cover only and not including the printed music, matted and framed, measuring 16 x 13 inches overall.  In very fine condition. (11022)

Autograph Letter