To Walk the Line. David Quammen.
To Walk the Line
To Walk the Line
To Walk the Line
To Walk the Line
To Walk the Line
To Walk the Line

To Walk the Line

ISBN: 039444907X
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1970. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by David Quammen. "Color is the subject of this serious, funny, scary, and human novel- color as a signal for tragic hostility and for farcical misunderstanding, color as a test for the young who want to change the world. The author tells the story of a young white Ivy Leaguer who makes an awkward alliance- built on a real potential for friendship between them and threatened by the inescapable politics of color- with a black militant." (from front flap) The first, semi-autobiographical novel by David Quammen, who has gone on to become an award-winning & prolific writer mostly on nonfictional subjects of nature, science & travel. Written & published when Quammen was only 22 years old & freshly graduated from Yale University, To Walk the Line is a sincere (if in hindsight somewhat dated) effort to grapple with issues of American race & class at the height of the 1960s-era cultural & societal tumult, through its story of the unlikely friendship & ultimate alliance between the white Ivy League student John Scully (largely based on Quammen himself) & the ghetto-dwelling black militant Tyrone Williams. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket with "10/70" printed near lower left corner of rear flap, first edition as stated on copyright page, one of 225 copies signed by Quammen on a sheet tipped-in to blank front endpaper. This is copy No. 9/225. The rarest version of the earliest Quammen collectible (especially with this low number); an exemplar of youthful idealism. Book in very fine condition with only slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & minor fading to edges & corners of same; very light browning to side & lower edges of text block (the former untrimmed as issued); moderate fading to yellow-dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with mild browning & spotting to blank paste-downs & endpapers; otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket very fine with just a touch of rubbing & sparse, light spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; slight wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4518]

Price: $80.00