Lewis, John (Author/Subject); Aydin, Andrew (Co-Author) & Powell, Nate (Artist/Illustrator). MARCH: BOOK ONE: THE FIRST EDITION. Marietta, Georgia: Top Shelf Productions, 2013. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 130 pages. As New.

Volume One of the author's autobiography, presented as a graphic novel in three consecutive volumes. One of the most important books of our time. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2016 Large-Print Hardcover Edition. Published in a regular first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The book remains available in innumerable subsequent printings. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Nate Powell: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Art by Nate Powell. The latter is deliberately and powerfully rendered in black-and-white, like a documentary film from the period. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in Canada to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents John Lewis' "March: Book One". The first volume of Congressman John Lewis' remarkable and moving journey as an African-American, and if we may say so (since he himself does not), as a great American. "A vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Reflects on the highs and lows of the Civil Rights Movement and brings those days back to life for a new audience, testifying to a Movement, whose echoes will be heard for generations" (Publisher's blurb). Book One "spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. , the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through non-violent lunch counter sit-ins. Builds up to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall". One of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, John Lewis' commitment to justice and non-violence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. His story is eloquently told. Its graphic-novel treatment is nothing less than a masterpiece of the illustrator's art: Nate Powell's cinematic visual style has such visceral immediacy and power that each volume in the trilogy serves not just as a draft/storyboard to an actual film, but has the look and feel of film itself. "Changing angle-of-regard from panel to panel while lighting each with appropriate drama. The kineticism of his art rivals that of the most exuberant DC and Marvel comics" (Booklist). An absolute "must-have" title for John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the Dedication Page by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the true First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There was NO Limited Edition for Volume One. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. The Large-Print Hardcover Edition was issued in 2016, three years after the First Edition. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest Americans of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO "MARCH" VOLUME TWO AND VOLUME THREE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1603093001. $200.00

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