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If Beale Street Could Talk by  James BALDWIN - Signed First Edition - 1974 - from Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA (SKU: 453233)

If Beale Street Could Talk

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If Beale Street Could Talk

by BALDWIN, James

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  • hardcover
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London: Michael Joseph, 1974. Hardcover. Near Fine. First English edition. Blue cloth boards with gilt spine letters. Near fine with light wear at the corners, slightly cocked and one tiny spot to the top of the text block, lacking the original dustwrapper. Baldwin's fifth novel Inscribed: "for Frazer Scott: - Godspeed. James Baldwin." A copy inscribed by Baldwin but never sent, found amongst his personal library in France that was auctioned by Rometti et Associés in 2014.

Synopsis

If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin's fifth novel is a love story set in Harlem in the early 70's. Young Tish and Fonny, who are in love and expecting a child. They plan on marrying until Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their tragic love story paints a bleak picture of racism and injustice. It is the only Baldwin novel narrated by a woman. 

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book dealer
Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
453233
Title
If Beale Street Could Talk
Author
BALDWIN, James
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Michael Joseph
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1974
Keywords
African-Americana, AssociationCopy
Bookseller catalogs
African-Americana;

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About Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc., founded in 1985, specializes in first editions of 20th Century American and English fiction. Our inventory of over 75,000 first editions includes: African-American literature & history, Mysteries, Detective Fiction, Drama, Books into Film and Sports books. We routinely issue extensively illustrated color catalogs, available by subscription. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA)and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Tom Congalton, founder of Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc., actively promotes the ethics and standards of these professional organizations and served as President of the ABAA from 2000 to 2002.

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inscribed
When a book is described as being inscribed, it indicates that a short note written by the author or a previous owner has been... [more]
fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the... [more]
dustwrapper
Also known as book jacket, dust cover, or dust wrapper, a dust jacket is a protective and decorative cover for a book that is... [more]
text block
Most simply the inside pages of a book. More precisely, the block of paper formed by the cut and stacked pages of a book.... [more]
cocked
Refers to a state where the spine of a book is lightly "twisted" in such a way that the front and rear boards of a book do not... [more]
Cloth
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched... [more]
spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [more]

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