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VAN VECHTEN, Carl
Spider Boy
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. Without jacket, spine somewhat darkened. 8vo. [8], 297, [2] pages. Original tan cloth. FIRST TRADE EDITION. A very fine association copy, inscribed in the year of publication to Paul Robeson and his wife Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson, American anthropologist, author, actor and civil rights activist. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: " For Paul & Essie Robeson with love from Carl Van Vechten / New York July 16 '28." Van Vechten was astounded by the explosion of artistic creativity in Harlem in the 1920s, and was at the vanguard of promoting Harlem Renaissance figures, including Robeson, Langston Hughes, Ethel Waters, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, and Wallace Thurman. Van Vechten's photographs of Robeson are among the earliest of the artist, and went far to establish his identity with the public. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts [United States]
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