Go Tell It on the Mountain. James Baldwin. (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1953.) 20.6cm x 14.7cm x 3.1cm First edition.

Bound in the French technique in purple goat, with eel onlays on cover and blind tooling emphasis. Design elements include hand-sewn silk endbands, natural edges, and leather hinges. Title blind tooled. Bound in 2011.

Three crosses flow over the covers of the book, in heightening and tightening aspect. They reflect the protagonist’s — as well as nearly every other character’s — path of religious conviction. The final cross stands more solidly yet still tilts a bit on its toe, as does John’s faith.