New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Fine. Item #00535636
Rare first edition signed and inscribed by James Baldwin. First edition, first printing of the author's first book, signed and inscribed at or close to publication (based on his signature and handwriting): "Mama and Rizzy from Jimmy August 31st!" Author's landmark and influential first book, concerning the awakening (spiritual and otherwise) of a young Black man in New York's Harlem. Bound in the original red cloth stamped in gilt, top edge blue (slight hints of fading and wear to cloth; discoloration and some indentation from and old paperslip affecting first twenty-four pages, slight bumping to corners). Includes a fine copy of a facsimile jacket.