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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

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Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Signed
  • first
Near Fine/Very Good in Archival Plastic
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New York: Random House, 1952. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good in Archival Plastic. A wonderful First Edition, First Printing (so stated) of Ralph Ellison's classic work, signed and dated by the author on the title page, "Ralph Ellison, April 4, 1986." In beige and black cloth with white titling, the book is in near fine condition with a slight lift to the beige cloth on the spine and slight loss of lettering, light spotting on the black topstain and age toning to the pages. But still a solid near fine first with "A.B." on the bottom of the copyright page as required. The very good dustjacket is complete with the original price ($3.50) and the colorful panels as well as the cream panels are bright. There is wear and splitting at the folds and minor loss at the spine ends. Also there is a quarter-size abrasion on the back panel and other minor wear on the dustjacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, but still very good. This important book is housed in a beautiful custom clamshell box. In black cloth with tan inserts and glossy cover inset and spine label designed to match the cover of the book. Overall an important edition of a most important book in a beautiful setting.


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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Invisible Man
Ellison, Ralph
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Very Good in Archival Plastic
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First Edition, First Printing
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published

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First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...
Clamshell Box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with...
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
Copyright page
The page in a book that describes the lineage of that book, typically including the book's author, publisher, date of...
Spine Label
The paper or leather descriptive tag attached to the spine of the book, most commonly providing the title and author of the...
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Title Page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the...

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