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Book cover for Doris Ulmann "Roll Jordan Roll" (New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933)
Book cover, in slipcase
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction May 20, 2010, Sale 2215 Lot 22)
Text by Julia Peterkin. Illustrated with 90 full-page, hand-pulled copper photogravures after photographs by Ulmann depicting former slaves and their descendents on the Gullah coastal region of South Carolina. Large 4to, 1/2 gilt-lettered white linen over embossed brown boards, top edge gilt; in the original slipcase. Roth 78; Parr/Badger I 135. one of 350 copies signed and numbered by Ulmann and Peterkin on the colophon, and issued with an extra photogravure plate, signed by Ulmann.
The scarce deluxe edition of Ulmann's exquisitely illustrated book. Few copies of this edition had been distributed at the time of Ulmann's death in 1934. Most were donated by her heirs to the Tuskegee Institute, and were sold for the school's benefit.