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The Story of Little Black Sambo [First Edition] - Helen Bannerman - 1899. [1193914]
Grant Richards, London 1899 - [iv] pp 57 [3] lacking 2 leaves after title page. Scarce first edition of a classic if controversial work of children's fiction. Original publisher's green cloth, stamped in green, rubbed but sound. The text is lacking the two leaves that follow the title page which contain a preface and precede the story proper which is present in its entirety. The half title with adverts on the verso and the title page are both present; the story begins on the verso of the following leaf. All twenty seven of the illustrations are present as engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. The pages have become detached from the glued binding meaning that the book is disbound with the exception of the endpapers and the first and last printed leaves. A previous owner has lightly pencilled page numbers at the head of the pages, presumably while collating the story which is indeed complete. Bannerman's story appeared as the fourth of Grant Richards' Dumpy Books and achieved enormous success which prompted sequels and numerous imitations. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Modernfirsteditions Ltd ABA/ ILAB/ PBFA]
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