Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

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.

First Edition Identification

Invisible Man was first published in 1952 by Random House for the price of $3.50. The classic dust jacket featured the outline of a man centered in what may be a scope of some kind, contradicting the inherent notion of invisibility. The author's picture is featured on the back dust jacket cover. True first printings are easy to identify, as the text “First Printing” is clearly visible on the copyright page. Some believe the presence of “A.B” on the bottom of the copyright page is indicative of a first printing, but that text has also been found on other printings as well. So if you believe you have a true first printing of Invisible Man, always check the top of the copyright page for the distinctive “First Printing” text. Additionally, when you remove the dust jacket of first editions, you will see an illustration on the top half and spine of the Random House boards. Like many Random House first printings, the pricing information of Invisible Man can be found at the top right-hand corner of the inside dust jacket flap. That information may not be included in later printings or subsequent book club editions.

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Invisible Man.

Invisible Man.

by Ellison, Ralph

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1952
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New York: Random House, 1952. First edition of the author's landmark first novel, which went on to win the National Book Award. Octavo, original black and tan cloth. Boldly signed by Ralph Ellison on the title page. Fine in an near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Housed in a… Read more about this item
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INVISIBLE MAN

INVISIBLE MAN

by ELLISON, RALPH

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Used - NEAR FINE IN A VERY GOOD+ D.J.
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FIRST EDITION
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PUB 1952
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HARDCOVER
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NEW YORK NY: RANDOM HOUSE. NEAR FINE IN A VERY GOOD+ D.J.. PUB 1952. FIRST EDITION. HARDCOVER. FIRST WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD / A TWENTIETH CENTURY HIGHSPOT AND A CLASSIC OF AMERICAN LITERATURE . OTHER THAN MODEST PERISHING OF THE SPINE TITLES THE BOOK IS FINE WITHOUT ANY MARKS TO THE BINDING OR THE TEXT. D.J. IS… Read more about this item
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by Ellison, Ralph

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Used - Near Fine
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Very Good in Archival Plastic
Edition
First Edition, First Printing
Published
1952
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Cloth
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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… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man (Facsimile in Shrink-wrapped Slipcase)
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by Ralph Ellison

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Fine
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First Thus
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Shrink-wrapped slipcase with hardcover book inside. Front of slipcase shows image from front dust jacket with author's name, book title, and drawing of man's face. Back of slipcase has picture of author. Book and dust jacket are presumed to be overall in Fine condition since book and slipcase are still shrink-wrapped. First Edition Library presumed First Edition, First Printing since… Read more about this item
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First Edition
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1952
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New York: Random House, 1952. First Edition. Good/Good. First edition, stated first printing. Good, with cloth marked and worn, abraded effaced patches to front free endpaper, bookplate removal evidence to front pastedown, large bookstore ink stamp to dedication page. In a Good dust jacket with price of $3.50 intact; tattered and chipped, with tape repairs visible from the… Read more about this item
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by Ellison, Ralph

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New York: Random House, (1952). First edition. His National Award-winning first book. Ranked 19th on the Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century and one of Time Magazine's 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Anthony Burgess called it "a masterpiece." Crisp and near fine with just a faint shadow from item… Read more about this item
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INVISIBLE MAN

by ELLISON, Ralph

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First Paperback edition
Published
1972
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9780394717159
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NY: Vintage, 1972. First Paperback edition. Small 8vo, pp. 568. Author's presentation on title; "For Joe Reed & family on | a most important occasion -- | With gratitude, | Ralph Ellison" Paper wraps. Ink markings on front edges, cover creased and scuffed, but a VG tight copy.
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Invisible Man (Penguin Modern Classics)

Invisible Man (Penguin Modern Classics)

by Ellison, Ralph

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Used - Very Good
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Paperback
ISBN
9780141184425
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Paperback. Very Good.
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INVISIBLE MAN

by Ellison, Ralph

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First Edition, First Printing
Published
1952
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Hardcover
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New York: Random House, 1952. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo, 439 pages. In Very Good minus condition with a Good plus dust jacket. Spine black with white and yellow lettering. Dust jacket protected in mylar covering, with price uncut: "$3.50." Mild shelfwear. Rubbing and chipping to front and rear covers. Non-archival tape adhered to inside of dust jacket.… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by ELLISON, Ralph

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Used
Edition
First British edition
Published
1953
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Hardcover
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London: Gollancz, 1953. First British edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classic work, published a year after the U.S. edition. A near fine, price-clipped book in a very good dust jacket. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Some soiling to the uncoated and iconic Gollancz jacket. Sunning to… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man - Original first UK edition

Invisible Man - Original first UK edition

by Ellison, Ralph

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1953
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London: Gollancz, 1953. A first edition, first printing published by Gollancz in 1953. A very good+ book with one name to the front pastedown and to the corner of the ffep. Some browning to spine ends. A very solid copy without marks, stains or inscriptions. In a dust wrapper which is unclipped and has benefitted from some restoration to… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man (Collector's Edition)

Invisible Man (Collector's Edition)

by Ellison, Ralph

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1999
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Hardcover
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Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1999. As New in chocolate-brown morocco, lushly gilt-stamped on all sides. Raised bands on the spine. All page-edges gilt. Salmon-colored moire silk endpapers with a matching ribbon bookmark. 439pps. A flawless collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. All tips are sharp. Yet to be read. Includes The Easton Press Great Books of The Twentieth… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

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Special 30th anniversary ed
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1982-03-12
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Hardcover
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9780394525495
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Random House, 1982-03-12. Special 30th anniversary ed. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good Mylar protected dust jacket. Free of any markings and no writings inside. Clear text. Foxing on top edge. For any additional information or pictures, please inquire.
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Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

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Used - Near Fine
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Very Good++
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First UK Edition
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1953
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The First UK printing published by Victor Gollancz in 1953. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with light pushing at the spine tips. The gilt titling remains bright. One or two very tiny spots to the text-block. Internally clean and appears unread. The fragile WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ or better condition. Mild edge wear at… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by ELLISON, Ralph

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Published
1994
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Hardcover
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9780679601395
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New York: The Modern Library, 1994. Hardcover. Preface by Charles Johnson. Small 8vo. Grey cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxxiv, 572pp. Decorative endpapers. Fine/fine. Modern Library first issued their edition of Ellison's classic 1952 first novel in 1963, and this went through umpteen printings. This tight and bright copy is the first edition of "The Commemorative… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

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First Thus
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1994
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Trade softcover edition with black cover and back; book title and author's name in light blue on book spine. Book title, author's name, and image of African-American man on front cover; book overall is in Fine condition with tight binding and pages still look in excellent condition. Quality Paperback Book Club First Edition, First Printing Thus as indicated by statement… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

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Used - Fine
Jacket Condition
very good +
Edition
[First Modern Library Edition]
Published
1952
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780295965697
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New York: Modern Library, 1952. [First Modern Library Edition]. Hardcover. Fine/very good +. Short 8vo., blue cloth blind-stamped front cover with Modern Library logo, spine lettered in silver. Dust jacket price $1.95, no isbn number, rear cover of jacket without presence of Malamud in "Other Titles in the Modern Library of special interest to readers of Invisible Man".-toledano… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

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Used - near fine
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very good
Edition
first
Published
1952
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Hardcover
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Random House, 1952. first. hardcover. near fine/very good. First printing, as stated on copyright page. In later, price-clipped dust jacket. Book near fine, small tear to upper left of half-title page, lettering on spine faded. Dust jacket very good.
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Invisible Man

by Ellison, Ralph

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Used - Fine
Jacket Condition
No Jacket as Issued
Edition
Limited
Published
1980
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Full Leather
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Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1980. Limited. Full Leather. Fine/No Jacket as Issued. An American classic in full red leather SIGNED by the first African-American author to win the National Book Award (1953), Ralph Ellison. Author's first book. A socially-significant work by an author with a large intellect and important viewpoint. A handsome dark red leather volume… Read more about this item
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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by ELLISON, Ralph

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Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Near Fine
Published
1952
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Hardcover
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New York: Random House, 1952. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition. A bit of the usual light rubbing on the white spine lettering, one corner a tiny bit bumped else near fine in near fine dust jacket with small tears and tiny nicks at the spine ends, and much less than the usual rubbing to the predominantly black… Read more about this item
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