New York: Ecco, (1990). First Edition. Wraps. 8vo. Original color pictorial wraps. Some sunning to edges of covers. Very faint crease to front panel. Lightly thumbed, mild shelfwear. Else clean and sound. Very good plus. SIGNED by Wallace to the title page. Very good +. Item #24156
Written with his friend (the now-novelist Mark Costello) with whom he was living in Boston at the time, SIGNIFYING RAP appeared between the rather unsuccessful GIRL WITH THE CURIOUS HAIR and Wallace's masterpiece INFINITE JEST. Alternating chapters like MCs passing the mic, the authors proceed in a rather Lester Bangs-ian manner (indeed, the book is dedicated to him) engaging in earnest historicty alongside flights of philosophical fancy. Uncommon in the first edition (it was reissued in 2013 following Wallace's death), it is scarce signed. And while the rear cover erroneously proclaims the book "the first serious consideration of rap" (both Steven Hager and David Topp beat them to that title), it remains an early (if largely) academic interogation of hip-hop.