New York: C.L.R. James, 1953. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's printed coated paper wraps.
"I publish my protest with the book on Melville because, as I have shown, the book as written is a part of my experience. It is also a claim before the American people, the best claim I can put forward, that my desire to be a citizen is not a selfish nor a frivolous one." Self-published first edition of Afro-Caribbean leftist and leading intellectual C. L. R. James’s seminal study of Melville’s Moby-Dick. Written while interned on Ellis Island for alleged immigration violations regarding his visa, James’s provocative examination was both an attempt to fortify his appeal for American citizenship—he mailed his draft to every member of congress along with an official plea—and a searing Marxist and post-colonial critique of materialist societies. Although his ploy failed, the technically accomplished and impassioned essay has since become a canonical interpretation of the novel and a widely influential treatise on the societal and economic issues that plague the US to this day. Small ink notation to last page. Moderate rubbing and creasing to wraps. Very good. Item #3108