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Negro Anthology, 1931-1933.
Nancy Cunard at Wishart & Co 1934 - FIRST EDITION, printed in dark brown on cream paper, numerous reproductions of photographs, some full-page, including portraits and works of African art, many of the latter photographed by Raymond Michelet and Raoul Ubac, fold-out map printed in black, red and blue with some creasing and a short closed tear at inside of lower fold, a little light creasing to top corner of prelims, small tear and a little creasing at fore-edge of p. 681, faint stain at head of pp. 75-100, occasional light handling marks, pp. viii, 856, 4to, original mid brown bevel-edged canvas, the backstrip and front cover lettered in red, the rear cover with a map 'The Black Belt of America' also blocked in red, backstrip gently faded, light wear to corners a couple of which are lightly bumped, a couple of dinks along top edge of boards, top edge of textblock brown, endpapers lightly dustsoiled, good. Signed by Cunard, and dated 1938, at the head of the front pastedown beneath a carefully erased inscription (the 'from' still visible, but the name not). This the copy of Neil Ritchie, bibliographer of Harold Acton (who is among the contributors), with his notes regarding sales and this copy laid in at front. A vast survey, carefully curated by Nancy Cunard, who writes in her Foreword, 'It was necessary to make this book - and I think in this manner, an Anthology of some 150 voices of both races - for the recording of the struggles and achievements, the persecutions and the revolts against them of the Negro peoples'. Cunard's grand work is a groundbreaking and vast assemblage of voices from around the world that explores its theme in rich and imaginative ways. The sheer scale of the work and the quality of its production testify to its cultural and personal importance respectively, and this is a well-preserved copy of what is one of the greatest books on Black culture. Among the large number of contributors are Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, William Carlos Williams, W.E.B. DuBois, Jacques Roumain, George Antheil, the Objectivists Louis Zukofsky and Carl Rakosi, Norman Douglas, Ezra Pound (in the form of an essay on Frobenius, but also as the recipient of a letter which is among Langston Hughes's contributions), and Cunard herself; Samuel Beckett's contribution, meanwhile, takes the form of nineteen essays translated from the French - one of which ('The Negress in the Brothel') is printed on slightly different paper and paginated separately. The book is thought to have been published in an edition of 1,000 copies, although a large number were said to have remained unsold and destroyed during the Blitz, when the stock in a London warehouse was burnt. (Federman & Fletcher 489, Woolf B7; Gallup B33)
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