Peterkin | Julia; Ulmann | Doris

Roll, Jordan, Roll

Limited Edition



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The signed limited edition of Roll, Jordan, Roll with text by Julia Peterkin and photographs by Doris Ulmann, complete with 90 photographic plates.

Quarto, [10], 13-341pp, [1]. Original brown paper-covered boards, three-quarter white linen corners and spine. Title in gilt on spine, portrait stamped in blind to front cover. Top edge gilt. Solid text block, foxing to cloth, some rubbing to gilt title on spine. Housed in the publisher’s brown slipcase, small points of restoration with archival glue to corners. Complete with 90 full-page photographs depicting former enslaved peoples, their families, and their homes. All plates remain vibrant, most lacking tissue guards. Includes an original photograph by Ulmann, laid-in at front with her signature in pencil on the bottom right corner.

Stated on limitation page: “Of this special edition of Roll, Jordan, Roll, 350 copies, each numbered and signed by Julia Peterkin and Doris Ulmann, have been printed by letterpress and copper-plate photogravure. Of these 327 are for sale. This is copy number 122, signed by both Peterkin and Ulmann on the colophon.

This collaboration between Ulmann and Peterkin focuses on a group of former slaves and their descendants in the Gullah region of South Carolina. This is the first appearance of the text, followed by the first trade edition published the same year.

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Robert O. Ballou


Limited Edition

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Very Good


Peterkin | Julia; Ulmann | Doris

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Doris Peterkin, Julia; Ulmann