JOHNSON, James Weldon.
First edition, first printing of a significant history of African American culture in New York City. Johnson (1871–1938) was an accomplished educator, diplomat, editor, and NAACP organiser. In addition to writing his own poetry, songs, and novels, he was a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance and compiled important literary anthologies. This work celebrates the social and cultural history of the black community in Manhattan from the year 1626 to the 1920s.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles and chain pattern to spine and front board in red and brown, pictorial endpapers, brown top-stain. Portrait frontispiece and 12 plates. A superb copy in the dust jacket with a tanned spine panel and a small chip from the front panel without loss to the titles.