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DUNBAR, Paul Laurence
Oak and Ivy
Press of United Brethren Publishing House, 1893. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. Octavo. 62pp. Publisher's blue cloth, titled in gilt on front. Light wear to cloth, binding shaken, paper toned, two leaves detached, about very good, the cloth is better than usual. In a custom chemise and quarter morocco slipcase titled in gilt. Association Copy of the rare first edition of the first book by the young Paul Laurence Dunbar, presented by his mother to the principal of The Preparatory High School for Colored Youth upon it being renamed Dunbar High School. Publication of the reported 500 copies was financed by Dunbar, who was working as an elevator operator at the time (the occupation that inspired his poem "Sympathy" with the famous line: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"). "Oak and Ivy (1893), a slender volume of fifty-six poems ... sold well, particularly after Dunbar, an excellent public speaker, read selections from the book before evening club and church meetings throughout Ohio and Indiana" (*Oxford Dictionary of National Biography*). This copy Signed on the front free endpaper by the poet's mother, Matilda Jane Burton Dunbar ("Mrs. M. J. Dunbar"), beneath an inscription (in another hand) reading: "Presented to Mr. & Mrs. Garnet C. Wilkinson on the occasion of the dedication of the Dunbar High School, January 15-19, 1917 by Mrs. Matilda J. Dunbar." Matilda Dunbar (1845-1934) was born into slavery in Kentucky. She moved to Dayton, Ohio, after the Civil War and worked as a laundress. She married Joshua Dunbar, her second husband, in 1871, and they had two children, Paul … [Click Below for Full Description]
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