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By Peterkin, Julia and Doris Ulmann




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Roll, Jordan, Roll

Peterkin, Julia and Doris Ulmann

New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. First Edition. 8vo; 251pp, with 75 photographs on double-sided plates, including frontispiece; original blue cloth, gilt spine, edges faded about 1/8 in, endpapers a bit aged toned, jacket chipped along all edges rubbed ("E" in Peterkin missing on spine) with creases on both front panel, very good in used jacket. Julia Mood Peterkin (1880-1961), South Carolina native, lived on her husband's two-thousand acre plantation and also had a summer home at Murrell's Inlet, a coastal village. She wrote, with realism and dignity, plantation stories and stories of the Gullah African American tenant farmers of the Sea Islands and coastal regions. She was a sympathetic and outstanding commentator of the lives of this vanishing black culture. Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) was a well-respected photographer of the period who specialized in portraying the people of the "Southern Highlands" Appalachia and the coastal blacks Peterkin wrote about. Ulman's photographs of now vanished worlds capture her subjects with respect, insight, and grace and a transcendent quality which embodies the beauty and mystery of human experience. ROLL, JORDAN ROLL is a non-fiction work which portrays the Gullah in a perfect artistic blend of text and picture. American Woman Writers III, pp. 373-374. Jacobs, The Life and Photography of Doris Ulmann. In Focus: Doris Ulmann, Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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ULMANN, Doris, & Julia Peterkin.

New York: Robert O. Ballou,, 1933. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge black, others untrimmed. With the photographic dust jacket. Frontispiece and 70 full-page photographic illustrations by Ulmann. Spine rolled, light foxing to endpapers; an excellent copy in the jacket with foxing to edges and rear panel, small chips to spine ends and fold of front flap, small closed tear to head of front panel. First edition, first printing, trade issue. Preceded by a deluxe limited issue of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, printed on large paper and specially bound with 90 images. Uncommon in the jacket. Named after the spiritual written by Charles Wesley this collaboration by Ullmann and Peterkin focuses on the lives of second- and third-generation "free blacks" in the Gullah region of South Carolina. "Peterkin, a popular novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929, was born in South Carolina and raised by a black nursemaid who taught her the Gullah dialect before she learned standard English. She married the heir to Lang Syne, one of the state's richest plantations, which became the setting for Roll, Jordan, Roll" (Roth, 101 Books). Peterkin was at the time applauded for her telling of the accounts which accompanied Ulman's portraits, despite their paternalistic tone.

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Roll, Jordan, Roll

PETERKIN, Julia and Doris Ulmann

New York, Jonathan Cape [1933]., 1933. First English edition (from American sheets). 8vo. 70 full page b/w plates from photographs by Doris Ulmann. Text by Julia Peterkin. Original terra-cotta cloth stamped in black on the spine. Original dust jacket (unclipped; spine faded). Very good. 251 pages. No signature or bookplates. Pulitzer-Prize winner. Ulmann's photographs in the Pictorialist/Modernist mode capture the lives of former slaves and their progeny on a South Carolina plantation along the Gullah coast. A highly romantic view of the Southern Black American that, though now dated and politically incorrect, still magically evokes a bygone world. Cf. Roth, Book of 101 Books, p. 78-79.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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ROLL, JORDAN, ROLL

Peterkin, Julia & Doris Ulmann

New York: Ballou, 1934. Second edition (stated). Hardcover. A fine copy. Doris Ulmann. Text by Julia Peterkin, and with photographs by Doris Ulmann. This book describes the religious life and community of the Gullah, a group of people of African descent living in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia. Wonderfully illustrated with Ulmann's black and white photographs. An exploration of this book, and the relationship between its text and images, it becomes clear that Ulmann's photographs should be considered as artworks that function independently of the text. Rebound in a simple but elegant full blue morocco, marble end-papers, with raised bands and gilt lettering.

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Roll Jordan, Roll: The Text is by Julia Peterkin, the Photographic Studies by Doris Ulmann

PETERKIN, Julia and Doris Ulmann

Robert O. Ballou, New York, 1st edition, 1st printing, 1933. Hbk 251pp illustr b+w photos including frontispiece and 75 double-sided plates lacks dj very good clean dark blue cloth over fine firm boards showing some fading to stamped gilt spine titles but still legible and now housed in removable custom acetate jacket light even toning to both endpapers and text block with its deckled edges book will be supplied altogether a very good clean tight unmarked copy

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ROLL, JORDAN, ROLL

Peterkin, Julia and Doris Ulmann (photos)

Robert O. Ballou: NY. Collectible - Acceptable. New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. 8vo Blue cloth hardcover 251 pgs. B/W photographs. Good Book. Spine discolored. Inquire if you need further information.

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PETERKIN, Julia and Doris Ulmann

New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. Hardcover. Very Good. First trade edition, first issue. Octavo. 251pp. Illustrated from photographs. Blue cloth. Spine sunned, modest wear on the boards, about very good and lacking the dustwrapper. Peterkin's text about the descendants of slaves on a coastal South Carolina plantation, accompanied by ninety of Ulmann's inspired and exceptional gravure photographs. A classic collaboration which brought out the best in both of the participants. *Roth 101*.

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Peterkin, Julia and Doris Ulmann

New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1933. 1st trade edition, 2nd impression. The 70 pages of photographic studies of slaves by Doris Ulmann are stunning portrayals of the lives of African Americans in the South. This edition uses the original sheets printed by Ballou in 1933 (he is referenced on the verso of the half-title) with the Bobbs-Merrill title page. An unusual issue, the result of Ballou's bankruptcy and subsequent purchase by Bobbs-Merrill. 8vo, 251pp, 70pp photogravure illustrations. Publishers red cloth, title in black, with a damaged dust jacket with 2 rather large chips in it, one at the spine head, one at the lower front panel. Cloth with a couple of light marks, inner hinge papers are cracked but holding well and very clean internally.

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Price: $450.00