"BRINGS TO LIFE A VIVID PORTRAIT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA": MARCH, THE COMPLETE TRILOGY, SIGNED BY JOHN LEWIS IN EACH VOLUME, ALONG WITH CO-AUTHOR ANDREW AYDIN AND ARTIST NATE POWELL IN VOLUME II
LEWIS, John, AYDIN, Andrew and POWELL, Nate. March. Marietta, Georgia: Top Shelf, 2013-16. Three volumes. Octavo, original stiff pictorial wrappers, original slipcase. $2500.
First trade edition, mixed issue, of the best-selling three-volume graphic novel, signed by John Lewis in each of Books I-III, with Book II also dated by him in the year of publication along with co-author Andrew Aydin's inscription, "1.21.15," and the signature of artist Nate Powell.
"March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created—an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis' story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders" (Raina Telgemeier). Praised on publication as "a riveting and beautiful civil rights story" (Washington Post), "March deserves to be placed alongside other historical graphic memoirs like Persepolis and Maus" (Entertainment Weekly). John Lewis' "brave acts of civil disobedience… (give) March its educational value even as Powell's drawings give Lewis' crisp narration an emotional power" (New York Times). With signatures on the dedication pages of Books I & II; on the initial leaf of Book III. Books II & III are first printings. Book I is a fifth printing: a signed limited edition of Book I (500 copies) was issued the same year. Slipcase with small "Signed Copy" label.
A fine signed set.