First edition of the seminal work by "the earliest historian of Black literature . . . an important and authoritative contribution to Afro-American historicity" (Blockson, One Hundred and One 18). Includes discussion of Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker, Jamaican poet Francis Williams, and much more. Afro-Americana 4345; Blockson 7632; Sabin 28727; Work, page 572. One other traced at an American auction house since 1978.
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