Doris Ulmann and Julia Peterkin. ROLL, JORDAN, ROLL. New York: Robert O. Ballou, Publisher, 1933, deluxe edition, preceding first edition of the same year. The text by Julia Peterkin. The Photographic Studies by Doris Ulmann. Copy 74 of an edition of 350 copies, 327 of which were offered for sale. Signed in ink by both the author and photographer beneath the colophon. Quarto, 11.25 x 8.25 inches, original publisher's half cream-colored linen over brown paper covered boards, front board stamped in blind with the profile of an African-American woman, Spine lettered in gilt, 13-341, complete. A narrative account of the lives of former slaves and their descendants in the Gullah area of South Carolina. Illustrated with 90 copper photogravure plates all still with tissue guards. Lewis A. Alliger's book plate on front pastedown. Overall book: 1-3/4" H x 8-3/4" W x 11-3/4" H. Missing slipcase and additional photogravure signed by Ulman. Provenance: Private Memphis, TN collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com.)
Worn and faded exterior with dampstaining affecting edges and corners of some pages. Page 43 plate with light damp stain across top margin, deepest area: 1-3/4" from top edge. Pages 125 through 130 with damp stain lower right edge, all with some stain in image, largest stain: 3-1/2" H x 5-1/2" W from right edge of paper. Page 161 with damp stain lower right, not in image. Page 175 with damp stain lower right edge, 3-1/4" H x 4-1/4" W (1-1/2" H in image). Pages 247-255 with damp stains of varying proportions, lower margin, but none in image or text. Signatures in strong, clear condition. Light toning. Ex libris label, inside of front cover.