London: Gollancz, 1953. Hardcover. First British edition. The first British edition of Ellison's classical 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 the spine. Tape reinforcement to the interior spine ends of the jacket. Small Australian bookseller label on front pastedown.
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New York: Random House, 1952. Hardcover. Later printing. A near fine book in a very good dust jacket. Owner bookplate on front pastedown. A nice tight copy of this classic novel of black alienation and social isolation. The first state dust jacket has vibrant colors with some wear at the extremities and some crimping to the bottom of the rear panel and only minor nicks at the jacket folds. This is a seventh printing with a price of $3.50 on the front jacket flap.
London: Horizon, 1947. Paperback. First edition. Publisher's blue card wrappers printed in orange. A very good copy with extremities and spine a bit sunned, 1.5 inch split at the bottom of the upper cover spine and tiny chip at spine crown. This is the first publisher appearance of any portion of Ellison's groundbreaking novel, Invisible Man. The 15 page excerpt featured here eventually became chapter one.Additional contents include photographs of Chicago by Walker Evan and contributions by W. H. Auden, Marianne Moor, e.e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, John Berryman and Chirstopher Isherwood.