Down These Mean Streets (Signed copy)

Signed by Piri Thomas (twice)


Piri Thomas, dustwrapper by Barry Martin


Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1973
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Printing Details

First edition, seventh printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 333pp.

Signed with a lengthy dedication by the author, firstly to the ffep as Piri, and a second inscription to the reverse of the ffep with his spiritual name 'Brother Matrus'.

Piri Thomas's lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem, New York. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood. Here was an unsparing document of Thomas's plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery--a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop.

As he recounts the journey that took him from adolescence in El Barrio to a lock-up in Sing Sing to the freedom that comes of self-acceptance, faith, and inner confidence, Piri Thomas gives us a book that is as exultant as it is harrowing and whose every page bears the irrepressible rhythm of its author's voice.


The book is in good condition, with a little foxing to the page edges. The main body is text is clean and the binding is secure. The dustwrapper is tanned to the spine and has little light wear to the edges and corners but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.



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