New York: Covici-Friede, 1928. First Edition. One of 275 copies (this being No. 53) SIGNED and numbered by the author. Illustrated by Alexander King. Quarter-cloth, with art deco-style, patterned paper-covered boards. Lacking the scarce publisher's slipcase.
An epic poem about an aging Afrcan-American boxer and his last night in the ring, which met with unexpected popularity on its release and had several subsequent printings. The signed limited edition and first trade edition have become extremely scarce over time. Basis for the seminal 1949 film noir directed by Robert Wise and starring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. While the poem's ominous mood was maintained in the film, its racial issues were replaced with a complex psychological study more consistent with the noir style.
Near Fine condition, with some fading to the titling on the paper spine label, lacking the scarce slipcase.