Roll, Jordan, Roll. Julia PETERKIN, text, Doris ULMANN, photographs.

Roll, Jordan, Roll

New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. First Trade Edition. One of the great documentary photobooks of the 1930's, looking at the lives of black plantation workers in the Gullah coastal region of South Carolina. Ulmann's photographs were taken on the plantation owned by the family of Julia Peterkin's husband, and portray the subjects in a particularly dignified manner. Peterkin, herself a native of South Carolina, provided the text for Roll, Jordan, Roll, which many have criticized as being condescending and breathtakingly racist. An presentable copy of an important photobook, one that is normally found beat to pieces. ROTH 101. PARR-BADGER, Vol.1, p.135. First Printing, preceded by a limited edition of 350 copies. Octavo (22cm); blue cloth with titles stamped in gilt on spine; black topstain; dustjacket; 251pp; illus. Brief, contemporary (1934) pencil inscription to front endpaper, with some very subtle fading to cloth at spine ends and upper board edges, else Near Fine and remarkably clean throughout. Dustjacket is lightly worn along edges and extremities, with four clear tape mends along upper edge verso, a few shallow chips at spine ends (not affecting text), and several short edge tears; a Very Good example of the scarce and fragile dustjacket.

Price: $850.00