Lot 163 of 446:
Documentary photography in the American South, 1933  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$420
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Roll, Jordan, Roll

Author:
Peterkin, Julia & Doris Ulmann

Place:
New York

Publisher:
Robert O. Ballou

Date:
[1933]

Description:

251 pp. With 71 photogravure plates from photographs by Doris Ulmann. 8vo. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Trade Edition.

Chronicles 1930s African-Americans living on Peterkin's plantation along the South Carolina coast. Peterkin is best known for her 1929 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Scarlet Sister Mary.” Ulmann's photographs encompass a wide range of subjects from chain gangs in their striped uniforms, to people undergoing stream-side baptism, to farm workers, and pipe-smoking, turban-topped grandmothers.  Described by Parr and Badger [Vol. 1, p. 135] as “Ulmann’s soft-focus photos, rendered as tactile as charcoal drawings in the superb gravure reproductions here straddle Pictorialism and Modernism even as they appear to dissolve into memory. A classic and dramatic narrative account of the African-American life in the Southern States as witnessed by the author. Roth 101, pp. 78-79.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Binding worn, darkened and leaning spine with tears to cloth and chips at spine ends, some soiling and discoloration to cloth; leaves somewhat toned; good overall, gravures very good.


 
Item number:
312767
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