May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 290

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(LITERATURE.) Cunard, Nancy; editor. Negro Anthology, Made by Nancy Cunard, 1931-1933. Folding map of Africa, numerous illustrations. viii, 580, iii, [581]-854, [2] pages. Folio, publisher's cloth with title in red on front board and map of "The Black Belt of America" on rear board, minor wear and scuffing; title page tipped in with moderate wear, minor wear to a few other leaves; early owners' inscription on front free endpaper. London: Nancy Cunard at Wishart & Co., 1934

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First edition. Building on earlier works such as "Ebony and Topaz," this monumental anthology presents virtually every aspect of African-American life and letters emerging from the decades following World War One in a virtually encyclopedic format. It features work by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Arthur Schomburg, Alain Locke, and W.E.B. Du Bois; essays on everyone from Phyllis Wheatley to Frederick Douglass to Josephine Baker; hard-hitting essays on the slave trade, lynching, prison labor, Scottsboro, and the Klan; a directory of "Some Negro Slang"; and coverage of current developments in Africa and the West Indies. A substantial portion of the original edition of 1000 are said to have been lost in a German bombing raid on London. British jazz critics Max Jones and Albert McCarthy received the present copy in 1943. "Virtually unobtainable. . . . However, no comprehensive African American library is complete without it"--Blockson One Hundred and One, 71.