By: [ARMSTRONG, MARGARET (binding design and decorations)]; DUNBAR, PAUL LAURENCE.

Price: $300.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine

New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1901. First Edition. 8vo (8 3/4” X 6"). pp. 127.

An unsigned Margaret Armstrong binding design in brown, pale yellow, dark green and gold on green rough linen weave cloth; decorated half-title and title page with decorations and borders in pale green and/or black on every page, all by Armstrong.

Includes frontis. and 50 additional illustrations after photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club.

Poems about African American family life in the American Antebellum South written in the vernacular dialect associated with that period and place.

Although Dunbar was criticized for idealizing plantation life in his six books of vernacular poetry, Wallace and Smith called Dunbar's series of vernacular poems a "validation of African American vernacular traditions" and an "important predecessor to...the poets of the Harlem Renaissance".

The photographic illustrations dramatize black life in rural Virginia as described in the book's nine poems, that were staged and photographed by the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute Camera Club. The Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) is a private, historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia.

A near fine copy with slight tarnishing to the upper portion of the gold in the design. Scarce in this condition.
BAL 4937; GE80.


Author Name: [ARMSTRONG, MARGARET (binding design and decorations)]; DUNBAR, PAUL LAURENCE.

Illustrator: Hampton Institute Camera Club

Categories: Illustrated, American Publisher's Bindings, 20th C., American Decorative Cloth, ART NOUVEAU, VERNACULAR POETRY, LITERATURE - AFRICAN AMERICAN, AMERICANA,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: 1901

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Near Fine

Size: 8vo (8 3/4” X 6")

Seller ID: 3175

Keywords: Vernacular Poetry Margaret Armstrong African American American Publisher's Cloth