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    First Printing of Ellison's Masterpiece

    Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man. New York: Random House, 1952.

    First edition, first printing. Octavo. 439 pages. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Ellison's portrait on the back panel by Gordon Parks.

    Original two-tone cloth, with titles stamped in white on the spine and decoration pressed into the upper spine. Top edge dark blue. Titles slightly flaking, as is common. Moderate soiling and shelf wear to boards. Spine slightly shelf-cocked. Contents bright and clean, with just one four-word ink note to the margin of page 87. Textblock edges a bit dust-soiled. Dust jacket with noticeable wear and some obvious paper loss to the spine ends and corners. Several tape repairs present. A very good copy in a good unrestored dust jacket.

    This acclaimed National Book Award-winning novel was Ralph Ellison's first book. Narrated in the first person, Invisible Man explores the social invisibility of mid-20th-century African-Americans. It was to be the only novel Ellison published during his lifetime.


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