With a Preface by Ralph Barton and an Introduction by Frank Crowninshield.New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927 Stock Code: 139911
Praised by Langston HughesFirst and limited edition, number 82 of 100 specially bound copies, each with an original signed artwork by Covarrubias, in this case a sketch based on "Chorus Girl" (plate 29). Negro Drawings was an early work from the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957), following his move to New York in 1924 and subsequent immersion in the Harlem Renaissance. He had illustrated Langston Hughes's The Weary Blues in 1926, the writer describing him as "the only artist I know whose Negro things have a 'Blues touch about them.'"
Quarto. Original black buckram-backed boards, blue cloth sides, titles gilt to spine and front, Knopf design gilt to rear, top edge gilt. With the publisher's black card slipcase, red title label.
Colour frontispiece, 56 plates (several in colour).
Slipcase lacking spine portion and two sections of loss to top edge, minor rubbing to ends and corners, slight residue to front pastedown from removed bookplate. An excellent copy, sound, bright, and clean.
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