New York: Dial Press, 1979. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's burgundy cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original printed dust jacket.
"I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach–or people like myself, if I may say so, who are not afraid to eat a lobster alone as they take on their shoulders the monumental weight of thirty years." First edition of renowned novelist and essayist James Baldwin's sixth and final novel. A semi-autobiographical saga, the narrative centers on a group of friends from Harlem as they have experiences and endure hardships over the course of thirty years in Korea, Africa, Birmingham, New York City, and Paris. Written while living in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, the novel marked Baldwin's symbolic return to his home in Harlem, and draws directly from his experiences as a civil-rights activist in the 1960s. Stated first printing to copyright page. Light fading to board edges; unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear, perforation to laminate on upper panel. Very good. Item #8317