New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. 398p., inscribed and signed by Himes in ballpoint pen and dated "N. Y. Feb. 1972,", first edition in dj. Cloth is quite soiled with handling and somewhat edgeworn, spine gilt is dim. Jacket is indeed first issue with back panel advertising current Borzoi fiction and author photo rear flap, paradoxically bright with the following imperfections: it is price-clipped (neatly), bears a rubber-stamp impression near the missing price that reads "A Forum Book $1.00", has general light edgewear with a bit of nibbling at the top and a 3/4 inch triangle at the tail that has crease-lines and is backed with an inch-long piece of tape (no bleed-through); finally, has also a half-inch sticker scar top left corner of front panel. *Rideout novel.
"A left-wing but anticommunist novel, this is the story of an able young Negro who becomes a union organizer on the West Coast during World War II. A major theme is the use of his color for political purposes, as union members cultivate him for racial reasons and the employers seek to use him against the communists." *Seidman H246.