New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953.
Advance reading copy, issued to reviewers before publication of the first edition, with alternate artwork not used in the first edition. [x], 303,  pp. Perfectbound in publisher's illustrated wraps. Very Good, dampstain to front wrap; spine sunned, creased, and rubbed along edges. Slight curling to front wrap, wear at corners. Small marginal tidemark to upper margins of prelims. A rare prepublication copy of the celebrated African American author's first book. Item #140943126