11 October 2002
MALCOLM X (born Malcolm Little, later El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 1925-1965). The Autobiography of Malcolm X. With assistance by Alex Haley. New York: Grove Press, 1965.
8o. Original spiral binding (a bit worn).
UNCORRECTED PROOF FOR THE FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY ALEX HALEY on the verso of the front wrapper: "My special galley proof copy, to my special Caroline--Alex."
MALCOLM X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove Press, 1965.
8o. Original black cloth; pictorial dust jacket. Provenance: Charles W. Ferguson, editor at Reader's Digest (1901-1987, inscription from Alex Haley).
FIRST EDITION, second printing. INSCRIBED BY ALEX HALEY TO CHARLES FERGUSON on the front free endpaper: "To Charles W. Ferguson--from whose years of guidance, friendship and brilliant teaching-editing I've hugely and gratefully benefited... whose article assignment led me to meet Malcolm X [p.389], which ultimately led to this book's existence. Respectfully and sincerely, Alex." With black-and-white photo of Haley laid-in. Ferguson was the editor at Reader's Digest who commissioned Haley to contact Malcolm X. Their meeting precipitated the close relationship which resulted in Malcolm X's autobiography. (2)
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