"CARRYING HIS SEDITIOUS PICTURES AS IF THEY WERE DIAMONDS": FIRST EDITION OF HOUSE OF BONDAGE; SIGNED BY ERNEST COLE

  • House of Bondage:  A South African Black Man Exposes in His Own Pictures and Words the Bitter Life of His Homeland Today.

House of Bondage: A South African Black Man Exposes in His Own Pictures and Words the Bitter Life of His Homeland Today.

$975.00

Item Number: 4164

New York: : Random House, 1967.

First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Ernest Cole on the title page. Bookplate on the verso of the front free endpaper, fine in a fine dust jacket.

"A searing exposé of the social and economic effects of apartheid on South Africa’s black population, House of Bondage was banned by the governmentAuthored by a self-taught black South African photojournalist, Ernest Cole, [it] shows his experience of apartheid from the inside. To do this, Cole managed to get himself officially reclassified as ‘coloured’ rather than ‘black gaining for himself more freedom of movement to carry out his self-imposed assignment" (Parr & Badger II:93, 106).

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