Paris: Buchet Chastel, 1964. First Edition. Van Peebles' scarce second book (and first novel), the French edition preceding the American by nearly four years. A semi-autbiographical coming-of-age story describing the experiences of a Black youth in post-war America and an important precursor to Van Peebles' Black Identity work of the Seventies, which included the iconic blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback's Baaadasssss Song . Scarce in commerce, especially in such pristine condition; OCLC locates only ten copies of this edition in North American institutions. Octavo. Original thick paper wrappers; 190pp. Slight toning to text paper, else a tight, fine, unopened and unread copy.