First Edition, Second Printing. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4472
New York: Farrar, Straus & Company, 1963. Stated Second Printing. SIGNED by the author on front free endpaper with inscription: "Harold -- Baby -- I never intended Write This Book off The Top of my Head. Just for the option money. Bitter. Charles W." Signed again by author on title page to Harold Mays, Jr and dated 4/7/1993. Octavo (8" x 5.5"); [vi], 217p. Photographic dustjacket with original $3.95 price. Book in black boards in white cloth with spine stamped in black and gray and red topstain. Corners and edges of jacket are rubbed and worn, with a few tiny, clean tears and some creasing along edges. Staining to spine and along edges of rear cover. Book has a moderate roll to the spine, with some staining to spine ends and fading along top edge. Light spotting to topstain and some toning to endpapers. Some brown staining to last 15 pages, but text is unaffected. Binding is sound.
Overall a very good, sound copy of Wright's debut novel, of which James Baldwin wrote (from rear cover), "He's caught the New York laconocism behind which so much anguish growls, and almost the exact shade of that awful half-light in which so many people are struggling to live."