The Black Jacobins
Category: First edition
London. Secker and Warburg. 1938.
First edition; 8vo; original black cloth and dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free end paper 'For Gerry Bradley from C.L.R. James. With revolutionary greetings, and personal good wishes, August 26th 1938.' Cyril Lionel Robert James (4 January 1901 – 31 May 1989), was a Trinidadian historian, journalist and socialist. His works were a pioneering and influential voice in postcolonial literature. James was a tireless political activist, his history of the Haitian Revolution, The Black Jacobins, is a seminal text in the literature of the African Diaspora. Gerry Bradley having served during the Great War in the British Army became involved in the Irish Republican movement and was a founder member of the British Communist Party. By the 1930s he had become a Trotskyist and was expelled from the Communist Party. In an interview that James gave shortly before his death he related how he and Bradley became friends. They would attend Communist Party public meetings, such as one in 1936 on the Moscow show trials, and challenge the platform from the hall to debate with James. It would appear the Bradley had a reputation as a hard man as they feared he would physically break up the meeting. James stated that 'the audience listened, and I put the case for Trotskyism, and it wrecked their meeting.' A very rare copy of the author's most important work, with a superb inscription to a close friend, together with the rare dust jacket. The book is near fine with a little light foxing to the endpapers. The map at the rear of the work is in excellent condition. The dust jacket is in poor condition with chips especially to the top and bottom of the spine. The image to the front is complete.