1964 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; SIGNED BY V.T. LAHON opposite the title page: "To a Friend, who is a Lovely person here is To Knowing her a Long time, The author"; Vantage Press publishers, New York; smaller hardbound in red boards with silver stamp lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket is quite rough but protected the inner book quite nicely.
From dust jacket -
Set in Pineyville, a bigoted Southern town at a time when race prejudice held full sway, this quietly foreful novel speaks out in dramatic refutation of the The Big Lie, the inbred Southern contention that the Negro is not a human being on a par with the white...and that he is incapable of learning.
The Jonson, Peter, businessman and farmer, his wife Clara, and their devoted sons and daughters, live on The Hill, Pineyville's more prosperous Negro section, a peaceable, industrious, respected family.
Not far from The Hill is The Bottom. Here live the rednecks from whose dubiously endowed male element, ambitious for membership in the Ku Klux Klan and/or the police froce, come the town police. Justice dispensed accordingly...
(It was in The Bottom that the last lynching took place.)