New York: Dial Press, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing of this "child's story for adults," written in Black English from the perspective of Baldwin's seven-year-old nephew. Illustrated by Yoran Cazac. Royal 8vo (242 x 185mm): 96pp, with color illustrations throughout. Publisher's pictorial boards (repeating dust jacket design), illustrated dust jacket priced $6.95. An exceptional example (spine ends lightly bumped), tightly bound and clean throughout. Fine / Fine. Item #BB2070
Since the Sixties, Baldwin had faced rejection by Black militants, who opposed his integrationist views, while, at the same time, the mainstream media panned his later works. Feeling ostracized and depressed, he turned inward, drawing comfort from his large family, particularly his brother, David. One fruit of this isolation and introspection was this children's book. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).