"Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a man-child was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte": First Edition of Alex Haley's Roots; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 50081
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1976.
First edition of “the most highly acclaimed book of our time” (Washington Post). Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Jinx, and Molly, and Ellis, and Abel- Kunta Kinte’s family wishes the very warm best to all of you.. and you know that especially I do in deep appreciation of your great help with Roots- Sincerely, and with brotherly love! Alex Haley October 22, 1976.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Al Nagy.
Published in October 1976 amid significant advance expectations, Roots was immediately successful, garnering a slew of positive reviews and debuting at #5 of The New York Times Best Seller list. By mid-November, it had risen to the #1 spot on the list. The television adaptation of the book aired in January 1977 and within seven months of its release, Roots had sold over 1.5 million copies. In total, Roots spent 22 weeks at the #1 spot on The Times' list, including each of the first 18 weeks of 1977. Ultimately, it was on the list for a total 46 weeks. Together, the success of the novel and its 1977 television adaptation, sparked an explosion of interest in the fields of genealogy and researching family histories. Haley earned a Pulitzer Prize special award in 1977 for Roots. The television miniseries garnered many awards, including nine Emmys and a Peabody. It was remade again in 2016 starring Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.