New York: The Dial Press, 1976. Pinkney, Jerry. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, no Newbery Medal on dust jacket, octavo size, 286 pp. Fine / fine. Item #CNFBV09
Mildred D. Taylor (b. 1943) creates beautiful stories and powerful characters that deal with racism and oppression in the Deep South; "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" takes place in Mississippi during the Great Depression, and tells of nine-year-old Cassie Logan and her family as they struggle to survive. The novel is narrated by Cassie, and it is from her perspective that we learn about the racism in The South and the importance of land and family in bleak circumstances.
This volume is the first edition of Taylor's book; the book won the Newbery Medal in 1977, and therefore the first printing does not have the medal on the dust jacket. The dust jacket and frontispiece are by Jerry Pinkney (b. 1939), an award-winning children's book illustrator who received the Coretta Scott King Award for lifetime achievement in 2016.
___DESCRIPTION: Full pink cloth, gilt lettering on the spine, light brown endpapers, frontispiece a line drawing in black by Jerry Pinkney; octavo size (8.5" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-viii] [1-2] 3-276 [277-278]. In a pictorial dust jacket with wraparound colour illustration by Pinkney, black lettering on the front panel and spine, a description of the book on the front flap, and author photograph and bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $7.95 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; very slight sunning to the top edges of the boards, else fine. The dust jacket is fine, unclipped, clean with bright colours, with extremely slight wear to the head and tail of the spine, and a small spot of off-setting to the verso of the spine.
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