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Williamson, Mel; Ford, George
New York: Odarkai Books / The Third Press, 1972. First edition. Very good in very good jacket. Inscribed first printing, a Black child's proud tour of his Harlem neighborhood. This book, taking the reader through hopscotch games, neighborhood gossip, and jazz concerts, was published during an era of major breakthrough in African American children's picture books. Ford was part of a group within the Black Arts Movement working to "improv[e] the overall quality of literature and the arts for Black children" (Bishop). The Brooklyn-born and partly Barbados-raised artist sought to "inspire and uplift" readers of his books about Black life and Black children: "it's important to use the book, or story, as a beginning, as means really, an opportunity to arouse in himself, and express to his readers, those broader human qualities that have helped us to survive this long - those qualities that are positive, full of energy and enthusiasm" (quoted in Rollock). Scarce in the original dust jacket. Original white paper boards illustrated in red and black. In original unclipped ($4.95) pictorial dust jacket mimicking board design. Illustrated by Williamson and Ford throughout in black and white, many images full-page. 31, [1] pages. Inscribed on the half title: "For ___ - / Tough cat + / Good Friend! / Mel" [in different hand]: "and George." Faint foxing to boards. Jacket toned, with one shallow chip and one closed tear on rear panel.
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