July 2022 Catalogue

Black Americana and Abolition – 27 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “Early In The Spring Of 1750, In The Village Of Juffure, A Manchild Was Born…” 43. HALEY, Alex. Roots. Garden City, 1976. Thick octavo, original half black cloth, dust jacket. $950. First trade edition of Haley’s acclaimed historical novel, inscribed by him in the year of publication: “10/21/76 E—, it’s a pleasure to know you! Alex Haley.” “Haley’s most celebrated novel, Roots, has been compared to both Moby Dick and War and Peace. The Washington Post called it the most highly acclaimed book of our time… The author immediately became a household name, as he won over 270 awards” (Blockson 3939). Preceded by the same year’s signed limited edition. Text fresh with scattered foxing mainly to fore-edges, lightest edgewear to bright dust jacket. Near-fine. Rare Typed Page From An Early Draft Of The Book Version Of Roots, Heavily Annotated In Alex Haley’s Hand 44. HALEY, Alex. Typed draft page annotated. No place, circa 1975. Single sheet of goldenrod paper measuring 8-1/2 by 11 inches; matted and framed with photographic image from Roots, entire piece measures 14 by 24 inches. $3800. Rare typed page from an early book draft of Roots heavily annotated in green felt-tip marker in Alex Haley’s own hand, handsomely matted and framed with a photographic group portrait from the movie set of the Roots miniseries. The page details the changes Haley made to the conversation between Miss Malizy and the slave Kizzy, a scene which occurs when Kizzy is first separated from her parents and sold to her new owner. Fine condition.