“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain”: First Edition of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time; Signed by Him
The Fire Next Time.
Item Number: 100644
New York: The Dial Press, 1963.
First edition of one of the most influential works on race relations published in the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Baldwin on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket rubbing to the extremities. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Uncommon signed.
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
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London: Heinemann, 1960.
First British edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bobby from his devoted friend and admirer, Harper Lee March 14, 1962.” Some foxing to the page edges, the inscription a little blurred, an excellent example in the original dust jacket with light shelfwear. The recipient’s parents were head of the day-to-day operations of Barnett Insurance Agency in Monroeville, which was closely associated (and shared office space) with the law firm of Barnett, Bugg and Lee, which Harper Lee’s father, A.C. Lee, helped found. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box. Examples with such warm inscriptions are rare.