First edition of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
Octavo, 439pp. Bound in beige and black cloth, title stamped in white on spine. Top edge dyed black. Stated “First Printing” on copyright page. Solid text block, light rubbing to spine, faint offsetting to endpapers. In the publisher’s first state dust jacket, $3.50 retail price, a touch of shelf wear, rubbing to corners and top of spine, a near fine example.
Invisible Man won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1953, with Ralph Ellison being the first African American writer to receive the award.