Winner of the 2017 Lucie Award, Book Publisher of the Year for a Limited Edition.
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
The dignity and pain of the civil rights movement culminated in the 54-mile-long Selma to Montgomery March
—which took three attempts, the most violent of which was dubbed “Bloody Sunday.” Finally, on March 21, 1965, Dr. King successfully led a group of 300 protesters
, who were given safe passage by 3,000 troops through some counties where conditions were so dire that not even a single African American was registered to vote. “Everyone was in awe
,” says Schapiro, whose photographs from the march prevail as his most celebrated work. “No one knew what might have happened on that highway. Even though the National Guard was there, and helicopters were flying above.” Within months the Voting Rights Act was law, and by 1966, 241,000 black people were registered to vote.Marking the year of original publication, The Fire Next Time is limited to 1,963 copies, each signed by Steve Schapiro. Copies No. 101–150 come with the signed print March for Freedom, Selma to Montgomery (1965).Also available as:
Art Edition (No. 1–50) with an alternative print, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Selma, Alabama (1965).
Art Edition (No. 51–100) with an alternative print, God Is Love, James Baldwin (1963).
Collector’s Edition (No. 151–1,963).