First Edition of A Brave and Startling Truth; Inscribed by Maya Angelou
A Brave and Startling Truth.
Item Number: 4297
New York: Random House, 1995.
First edition. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by the author, “______ Joy Maya Angelou." A poem read by Maya Angelou at the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
Celebrating the common humanity "we, this people, on a small and lonely planet" share, Angelou read this poem at the June 26 ceremonies in San Francisco to commemorate the signing of the U.N. Charter.
Other Books by this Author
New York: Random House, 2008.
First edition of this collection of essays written in Angelou’s inimitable style. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Joy Maya Angelou.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Catherine Casalino.
"Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between": First Edition of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings; Signed by Maya Angelou
New York: Random House, 1969.
First edition of Angelou’s critically acclaimed first book. Octavo, original first issue book, with the top edge stained red. Signed by the author, “Joy! Maya Angelou” on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. A superior example.
Modern Library Edition of Maya Angelou's The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou; Inscribed by Her
New York: Modern Library, 2004.
Early printing of The Modern Library edition of Angelou’s classic memoirs. Octavo, original gray cloth, illustrated endpapers. Inscribed by Maya Angelou on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabrielle Bordwin. This work contains I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together in My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, and A Song Flung Up to Heaven.
"Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between": First Edition of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings; Signed by Maya Angelou; From the library of James Baldwin
New York: Random House, 1969.
First edition of Angelou’s critically acclaimed first book. Octavo, original first issue book, with the top edge stained red. From the library of writer and close friend of Angelou’s James Baldwin’s library with his signature to the front free endpaper. Signed by the author, “Joy! Maya Angelou” on the half-title page. After Angelou’s close friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in 1968 depression had set in. Her dear friend James Baldwin, or Jimmy and her “brother friend” as she affectionately called him, took her to a dinner party to brighten her spirits, if only for the night. The party was at the home of the Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer and his wife Judy in late 1968. Everyone in the room began sharing stories about their childhoods, but when it was Angelou’s turn to speak, Mrs. Feiffer was blown away by her storytelling. The next day Feiffer called Random House editor Robert Loomis to tell him he should have Angelou write a book. Following Mrs. Feiffer’s orders, Loomis asked Angelou to write a book about her life, but she said no. Angelou considered herself a poet and playwright, not an author. He asked again; she declined again. Around the fourth time he changed his tune. She had just written a TV series and was out in California when he called. “It’s just as well you don’t attempt to write autobiography, because to write autobiography as literature is almost impossible,” she remembers him saying. “Maybe I’ll try it,” she replied. Loomis’s new tactic had been inspired by a conversation with Baldwin. Baldwin told Loomis that in order to get Angelou to do anything, you have to tell her she can’t do it. The reverse psychology worked. She isolated herself in London and began writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), the first of her seven book autobiography series. It was instantly a bestseller and is her most critically acclaimed work. Had it not been for Baldwin and Angelou’s pugnacious tenacity, the world may have never known she was a masterful memoirist. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. An extraordinary association copy linking two of the greatest African American writers of the twentieth century.
"The dew of the morning sunk chill on my brow - it felt like the warning of what I feel now": First edition of Byron's poems
London: Printed for John Murray, 1816.
First edition of this collection of poems and verses. Octavo, bound in contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In near fine condition.
"I am a woman searching for her savagery even though its doomed": First edition of June Jordan's Passion; Inscribed by her
Boston: Beacon Press, 1980.
First edition of this collection of the poetry of African-American poet June Jordan. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the poet on the front free endpaper, “1984 for Richard Lautz, wishing you courage and joy, always, J. Jordan.” Photograph of Jordan by Sara Miles. In near fine condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
"No hands have wrought my monument; no weeds will hide the nation's footpath to its site": First New Directions edition of Nabokov's Three Russian Poets: Selections from Pushkin, Lermontov and Tyutchev
New York: New Directions Books, 1944.
First edition this collection of Nabokov’s translations of the major Russian poets. Octavo, original boards. Very good in a very good dust jacket.
"These woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep": Robert Frosts New Hampshire; Signed and dated by Him
New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1923.
Early printing of Robert Frost’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original cloth, woodcuts by J.J. Lankes. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Robert Frost Pittsburg (sic) 1929.” In near fine condition. A sharp example of one of Frost’s most well-known works, one that includes, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.”