New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1965. First American Edition. Hardcover. The seventh and best-known installment in Himes's hard-boiled series featuring African-American detectives Coffin Ed Johnson and Gravedigger Jones. Basis for Ossie Davis's 1970 adaptation starring Godfrey Campbridge, Raymond St. Jacques, and Redd Foxx. An important predecessor to the later, more prominent blaxploitation films like Shaft and Superfly. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); red paper and black cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in white on spine; dustjacket; 223, pp. Mild rubbing to upper and lower board edges, with a tiny sunned spot at crown; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $4.50), edgeworn and spine-sunned, with small nicks to crown and several short teras with attendant creases; Very Good or better. (Inventory #: 29406)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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