Paris: Corrêa, 1952. First French Edition. First Impression. Octavo (19cm); original printed wrappers; ,8-384,pp. Light wear to extremities and base of spine, with a tiny tear and attendant crease at right edge of front wrapper; page untrimmed; Near Fine, lacking the scarce pictorial dustjacket.
First French edition of Himes's second book, originally published as Lonely Crusade by Knopf in 1947. A penetrating and subtle left-wing (but intensely anti-Communist) novel concerning race conflict at a California aircraft factory during World War II, which managed to offend African-Americans, whites, communists and liberals alike. The French edition notably prints a preface by Richard Wright, which did not appear in the American edition. RIDEOUT p.299. HANNA 1729.