Roll, Jordan, Roll. Text by Julia Peterkin. Photographs by Doris Ullman. Robert O. Ballou/Bobbs Merill*, New York. First edition , second issue, 1934. 251 pp. Large octavo. Blue cloth. Gold spine lettering. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. 70 photographs on double-sided plates.
Edition Note: Both title page and verso of half title page state Robert O. Ballou. Ballou, the book's original publisher, went backrupt in 1934 and was bought out by Bobbs-Merrill. As a precursor to that acquisition, Bobbs seems to have experimented with some of the Ballou titles, merging their sheets with its own imprint. Variant editions appeared, some with both the new and old publisher's imprints and then with orange/red boards. The jacket from the Bobbs-Merrill may have been added at this second impression of to this original Ballou edition, which is identical to the second printing with the exception of the frontispiece which shows a woman in the first printing and a man in the second printing.
"Ulmann's photographic collaboration with Julia Peterkin focuses on the lives of former slaves and their descendants on a plantation in the Gullah coastal region of South Carolina. Peterkin, a popular novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929, was born in South Carolina and raised by a black nursemaid who taught her the Gullah dialect before she learned standard English. She married the heir to Lang Syne, one of the state's richest plantations, which became the setting for Roll, Jordan, Roll. 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"--Vince Aletti in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books.
Near Fine with some discoloration of board extremities (and extending down from upper edge of appx 1 1/2", rear board); exceptionally clean internally with no foxing or age-toning. Jacket laid in; two pieces with some loss to upper edge