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Invisible Man (First edition with a clipped signature laid in) by  Ralph Ellison - Signed First Edition - 1952 - from Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 58974)

Invisible Man (First edition with a clipped signature laid in)

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Invisible Man (First edition with a clipped signature laid in)

by Ellison, Ralph

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  • hardcover
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  • First
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New York: Random House, 1952. First printing. Hardcover. Very good/very good. 439pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] 1/2 tan and black boards. Publisher's black topstain. Front hinge professionally repaired. Boards just a tiny bit cocked. In a dust jacket, with restoration to the extremities, and areas of light moisture damage to the edges and folds, primarily only visible on the reverse. In a custom clamshell. The author's clipped signature is laid in. A first edition of this highly esteemed classic American novel, influenced by the Harlem Renaissance. Ellison was introduced to Richard Wright during his first trip to New York. Wright encouraged Ellison to abandon his dreams of a musical career (at the time he was studying music at the Tuskegee Institute), and instead focus his attention on writing. Ellison soon made a name for himself with the East Coast intelligentsia through his shorter works being published by the literary journals of the day. This work, Ellison's first and only novel, deals with the universal themes of man's search for identity and place in society. The book won the National Book Award for 1953.


Even though Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man is sometimes featured on banned books lists, it remains a consistent staple on many high school reading curriculums. In the novel, Ellison laments the feeling of hopelessness and invisibility that many Black men experience in the United States, and it elegantly explores the themes of racism and bigotry in ways that are both unsettling and accessible.

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Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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Invisible Man (First edition with a clipped signature laid in)
Ellison, Ralph
Book condition
Used - Very good
Jacket condition
very good
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First printing
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
DAVID NIELSON; Literature; getman5; signed; first edition; parisslam

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About Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA

Ken Sanders Rare Books is a full service antiquarian bookshop in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. We carry an ever-changing inventory of art, ephemera, maps, photography, and postcards in addition to a vast selection of used and rare books along with a few new books. We actively purchase and appraise books in all fields.


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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]
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...[more]
First Edition
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