Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
Go Tell It On The Mountain. Signed by author James Baldwin on tipped in page at front. First edition. 1953 published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York. In original pictorial dust jacket, original orange cloth, lettered in gilt. Baldwin’s first book, an autobiographical novel recounting his early years as a preacher in Harlem.
Provenance: Copy of Ned Polsky, American author and sociologist. Marked with an ownership mark dated May, 1954 and owner’s stamp on the title page.
Condition: Jacket worn along edges with flaking and some loss, 1″ of top edge of front flap excised; faintly leaning spine slightly sunned; early ownership signature to front free endpaper, toning to edges of textblock, interior bright throughout; about near fine volume in very good jacket.
THIS book is about pietism in Harlem and, of the three sorts of novel (string, wind and percussion), it belongs to the first. It does not produce its story as an accumulation of shocks (as most novels of Negro life do), or by puffing into a rigid metaphysical system (as most novels about religion do): it makes its utterance by tension and friction.
Donald Barr, New York Times, May 17, 1953
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