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Franklin Henry Bryant
Black Smiles, or The Sunny Side of Sable Life
Blackfoot Studio, Nashville, 1903. Hardcover, 56 pp. 1st edition. Personally inscribed by the author. 'Grandpa's Fireside Stories of Slavery Days In Six Poems, being a Recital of Humorous Incidents Characteristic of Negro Life "Befo' duh War"'. A series of humorous poems written in 'Grandpa''s dialect. Illustrated in black & white. Frontispiece photo of author is signed on the plate. This copy is also inscribed in ink by the author and dated January 24th, 1903 on the front paste-down to Dr. George Whipple Hubbard (1841-1924). Dr. Hubbard was one of three co-founders in 1876 of Meharry Medical College of Nashville, the first accredited American medical school to train black doctors. A second name and date under this inscription is that of Nettie H. Bolles (Jenette H. Bolles), also a doctor. She went on to become the first woman osteopath in the state of Colorado. She was possibly Dr. Hubbard's neice; her maiden name was Hubbard. Condition is surprisingly good, with a wide, apparently-once-bent corner crease. Now straight and fairly solid, with shelf wear and rubbing to board edges, some rubbing, creases and loss to board corners. There are no cracks - the binding is solid and the interior is clean and complete. See all photos. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Randall's Books [Cathedral City, CA, U.S.A.]
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