James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time, Art Edition No. 51–100, Steve Schapiro ‘James Baldwin’Edition of 50Black-and-white gelatin silver print, 20.4 x 30.5 cm (8 x 12 in.) on 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.) paper; hardcover volume in a slipcase, letterpress-printed text, two different paper stocks, and tip-ins, 24 x 34 cm (9.4 x 13.4 in.), 272 pages3000Edition: English Availability: Sold Out
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Art Edition (No. 51–100) with the print God Is Love, James Baldwin (1963), signed by Steve Schapiro.
Winner of the 2017 Lucie Award, Book Publisher of the Year for a Limited Edition.
James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time, Art Edition No. 51–100, Steve Schapiro ‘James Baldwin’3000
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Art Edition of [i]The Fire Next Time[/i] with print of author James Baldwin
First published in 1963, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America’s so-called “Negro problem.” As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is considered one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the “land of the free.”
This Art Edition presents James Baldwin’s rich, raw, and ever relevant prose in letterpress with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith—and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March.
Schapiro first met up with Baldwin in Harlem in 1963, where they visited a church near the author’s childhood home. As James Baldwin recalls in The Fire Next Time, he had two paths to choose from as an adolescent in Harlem: the turbulent avenue and all of its social ills or the church. The choice was simple, and Baldwin excelled as a young minister—although adulthood would bring on a painful disillusionment with his religion. The prolific writer had overcome so much in his own life to become the voice of a generation, and though he left the church by age 17, love continued to define his civil rights work and worldview.
Marking the year of original publication, The Fire Next Time is limited to 1,963 copies, each signed by Steve Schapiro. Copies No. 51–100 come with the signed gelatin silver print God Is Love, James Baldwin (1963).
Also available as:
Art Edition (No. 1–50) with an alternative print, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Selma, Alabama (1965).
Art Edition (No. 101–150) with an alternative print, March for Freedom, Selma to Montgomery (1965).
Collector’s Edition (No. 151–1,963).
Steve Schapiro’s career as a freelance photojournalist started with a story on Arkansas migrant workers that made the cover of the The New York Times Magazine in 1961. Since then, his images have appeared in Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and many other publications. In the 1970s, he began a second career as a successful publicity stills and movie poster photographer, working on classic films such as Taxi Driver, The Way We Were, and The Godfather—which can be seen in The Godfather Family Album (TASCHEN, 2008). In 2016, he collaborated with Lawrence Schiller on a Barbra Streisand book (TASCHEN) and in 2017, his Civil Rights photographs were combined with the text of James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time (TASCHEN). He died in 2022.
James Baldwin (1924–1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era. His nonfiction collections, most notably Notes of a Native Son (1955) and The Fire Next Time (1963), and novels, including Giovanni’s Room (1956) and Another Country (1962), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in mid-20th-century America. A Harlem, New York, native, he primarily made his home in the south of France.
The contributing authors
Gloria Karefa-Smart was born Gloria Esther Baldwin in Harlem. She traveled widely with her brother James and is the literary executor of his estate. She has lived in Freetown, Sierra Leone; New York’s Upper West Side; and Washington, D.C., where she still resides, and is the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of 22.
Congressman John Lewis (1940–2020) played a key role in the struggle to end segregation—as a Freedom Rider, the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and an organizer of the March on Washington—and continued to serve as a prominent voice for social justice until the end of his life. He was the recipient of the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many other honors.
Marcia Davis is the news editor of The Marshall Project. A native of St. Louis, she spent more than 20 years as an editor and writer at The Washington Post, where she helped lead the coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. She also worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was senior editor of Emerge magazine.
James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time, Art Edition No. 51–100, Steve Schapiro ‘James Baldwin’Edition of 50Black-and-white gelatin silver print, 20.4 x 30.5 cm (8 x 12 in.) on 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.) paper; hardcover volume in a slipcase, letterpress-printed text, two different paper stocks, and tip-ins, 24 x 34 cm (9.4 x 13.4 in.), 272 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6484-7Edition: English