New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1940. 8vo (230 x 160 mm; 9 x 6¼ in.). 393 pages. Illustrated by the author with 10 full-page plates and illustrations in text. Original tan cloth blocked in black. A fine copy with slight toning to spine, lacking the dust jacket. Item #403903
FIRST EDITION. An important association copy, inscribed by Kent to Joseph R. Brodsky on the half-title: “Rockwell Kent to Brother Brodsky with the affection, by God, that one should have for a brother. And that’s a lot. April 6, 1941.” Communist attorney Joseph R. Brodsky (not to be confused with the poet and essayist) was employed on several high-profile cases by the International Labor Defense. Most notable of these cases was that of the Scottsboro Boys, nine African American teenagers accused in Alabama of raping two white American women in 1931. Brodsky was retained as second chair to Samuel Leibowitz in the defense of the teenagers. Rockwell Kent formed radical political views early in life, joining the Socialist Party of America in 1904. This is My Own is his autobiography, focusing on the years 1928–1939 in Au Sable Forks, New York in the Adirondacks. .