New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1905. First Edition, First Printing.
16mo (6 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches; 168 x 110 mm), x, , 109 pages, in green cloth, titles in gilt to upper board and spine, top edge gilt.
A first printing of this collection of poems by African-American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). Published one year before Dunbar's death at age 33, the book contains 78 poems. Many are written in Black dialect. Indeed, Dunbar's ear for Black dialect helped to bring him national recognition and admiration.
Blockson 5796 (Charles L. Blockson, Ed. Catalogue of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990).
CONDITION: Slight lean, rubbing and staining to the boards (especially lower board) and to spine, corners bumped, fraying to bottom of spine, previous owner's name and date in pencil to front end paper, numerous check marks and underlinings in pencil to titles on table of contents but otherwise unmarked, offsetting from a newspaper article to two pages. About Good only of a book that is surprisingly uncommon in the antiquarian book trade. Item #2516