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    Illustrated with Ninety Beautiful Photogravures
    and with the Rare Signed Print

    Doris Ulmann, photographs. Julia Peterkin, text. Roll, Jordan, Roll. New York: Robert O. Ballou, [1933]. First edition. Number 85 of 350 special edition copies signed by Ulmann and Peterkin on the limitation page. Folio. 341 pages plus limitation. Collates complete with ninety copper-plate photogravures inserted throughout. Laid in this copy is one of the rare photographic prints signed by Doris Ulmann in pencil in the lower margin. The print was reproduced in the book in the suite of plates after text page 300 (i.e. page 311 in the pagination). Copies are rarely found with the accompanying print. Publisher's quarter white linen boards over brown paper boards with gilt spine titles and beveled edges. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Housed in the original brown paper slipcase. Minimal wear to binding. Light spotting to the spine, with some rubbing of the gilt titles. Occasional offsetting and very minor scattered foxing. Slipcase is a bit worn and soiled with cracking at some seams. The signed photograph is slightly bent and creased along the very right edge where it extends past the protection of the sheets. A beautiful production in near fine condition.

    Roll, Jordan, Roll was critically acclaimed as one of the first books to portray African-Americans as fully-dimensional people rather than as stereotypes. W. E. B. Du Bois stated, "Peterkin is a Southern white woman, but she has the eye and the ear to see beauty and know truth."

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    "Some of the charm that made the life of the old South glamorous still lingers on a few plantations that have been so cut off from the outside world by rivers, wide swamps and lack of roads they are still undisturbed by the restless present. Wistfully holding to the past when they were part of a civilization never excelled in America, they keep their backs turned to the future and persistently ignore that strange thing called progress, which so often means change without betterment." Thus opens this landmark work with text by Pulitzer Prize winning author Julia Peterkin and 90 hand-pulled photogravures from photographs taken by Doris Ulmann.

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