Dodd, Mead, 1901, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, First
DUNBAR, PAUL LAURENCE. Candle-Lightin' Time, New York: Dodd, Mead, 1901. Octavo, first edition, pp. 127, original green cloth boards with gilt-stamped lettering and decoration on spine, multi-hued Margaret Armstrong floral design on upper board, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, gift inscription on free front endpaper, illustrated with halftone photos taken by students of Leigh Richmond Miner at the Hampton (Va.) Institute Camera Club. BAL 4937. For a good account of Dunbar's life and work, see Henry Louis Gates' "Africana," pp. 639-40: "Although Dunbar felt his best work was his poetry in standard English, he was celebrated almost exclusively for his folk poetry about African Americans written in dialect. ... This identification of Dunbar with dialect poetry disappointed him during his lifetime and alienated some later African American readers. But Dunbar's poetry has been praised by readers from W.E.B. Du Bois to Nikki Giovanni, who recognized the challenges Dunbar faced as a turn-of-the-century black poet trying to sound the 'deeper note.' " Condition of this book: Ex-library with library markings. Boards lightly worn with some loss at spine ends and a short tear along rear joint, front hinge tender. Leaves clean and tight, preliminary leaves foxed, images fine. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; United States; 1900-1920; Poetry. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 51627.