“The rebirth of the soul is perpetual; only rebirth every hour could stay the hand of Satan": First Edition of Go Tell It On the Mountain; Inscribed by James Baldwin In the Year of Publication
Go Tell It On The Mountain.
Item Number: 2422
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Happy Birthday Newcomb! And good luck, Jimmy Baldwin Paris, ’53.” An excellent example, with some light spotting to the front cloth in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Jacket drawing by John O’Hara Cosgrave. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions inscribed of Baldwin’s classic novel are rare, even more so in the year of publication.
Go Tell It on the Mountain Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." It was first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves. “With vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details, Mr. Baldwin has told his feverish story" (The New York Times). Listed on Modern Library's 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.