"BRINGS TO LIFE A VIVID PORTRAIT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA": MARCH, THE COMPLETE TRILOGY, SIGNED BY JOHN LEWIS IN VOLUMES I & II, 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, boldly signed by John Lewis on the dedication pages of Books I & II, along with Book I containing co-author Andrew Aydin's signature and signature of artist Nate Powell dated year of publication, "11/10/15."
"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). Books III is a first printing; Book I is a fifth printing; Book II is a third printing. A signed limited edition of Book I (500 copies) was issued the same year. Book I with laid-in ticket to a November 10, 2015 evening with Lewis, Aydin and Powell at the University of Utah.
A fine set.