Nonviolence or Nonexistence
Art Edition of The Fire Next Time with print of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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
alongside 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
.In this previously unpublished photograph from Steve Schapiro’s archives, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
listens to a sermon in Selma’s Brown Chapel AME Church before the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery on March 21, 1965. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a gifted orator and strategist, was hounded by the FBI and terrorized by segregationists. “In many of my photographs,” Schapiro says, “Dr. King seems to be looking into the crowd with concern, as if the many death threats he received daily might have credence at any moment
.” Just three years later, terror prevailed when a bullet took his life in Memphis, Tennessee.Marking the year of original publication, The Fire Next Time is limited to 1,963 copies in total, each signed by Steve Schapiro. Copies No. 1–50 come with the print Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Selma, Alabama (1965), also signed by Schapiro.Also available as:
Art Edition (No. 51–100) with an alternative print, God Is Love, James Baldwin (1963).
Art Edition (No. 101–150) with an alternative print, March for Freedom, Selma to Montgomery (1965).
Collector’s Edition (No. 151–1,963).
James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time, Art Edition No. 1–50, Steve Schapiro ‘Martin Luther King Jr.’
Edition of 50
Black-and-white gelatin silver print
, 7.9 x 12 in. on 11 x 14 in. paper; hardcover volume in a slipcase, letterpress
-printed text, two different paper stocks, and tip-ins, 9.4 x 13.4 in., 272 pages