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    First Edition, Signed by Ellison

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

    First edition. Octavo. 439 pages. Signed "Sincerely, / Ralph Ellison" on the front free endpaper. 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 blue. Titles slightly flaking, as is common. Minor soiling and shelf wear to boards; spine panel darkened. Contents slightly toned, particularly the front free endpaper. Some spotting to edges. Dust jacket is creased with wear to extremities. A handsome, sound copy in very good condition. Housed in a beautiful custom black leather box, titled and ornamented in gilt.

    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-century African-Americans. It was to be the only novel Ellison published during his lifetime.


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