“You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you never can go back": First Edition of James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room; Signed by Him

  • Giovanni’s Room.

Giovanni’s Room.

$4,800.00

Item Number: 81085

New York: The Dial Press, 1956.

First edition of this landmark novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by James Baldwin on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Jacket design by Seymour Chwast. Rare and desirable signed.

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart. “If Van Gogh was our 19th-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our 20th-century one" (Michael Ondaatje).

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