Negro: Anthology made by Nancy Cunard: 1931-1933

London: Nancy Cunard at Wishart & Co., 1934. First Edition. Presentation copy; inscribed by Cunard on the verso of the front free endpaper, “To V.F. Calverton, whose own Negro Anthology is the ideal approach to Negro literature in America. Nancy Cunard.” Publisher’s cloth frayed at the extremities; stain at the top of the front endpapers and the first few leaves; a very good copy. A meaningful association: Calverton’s Anthology of American Negro Literature was published in 1929. The radical Calverton (pseudonym of George Goetz), a Marxist critic and writer, was born into very modest circumstances in Baltimore. Cunard, raised in a considerably more prosperous and genteel environment, led a highly unconventional life as a political and social activist, as well as becoming a publisher and champion of avant-garde literature and art. This book was printed in an edition of 1000 copies, but apparently a large number of unsold copies were destroyed in the Blitz. Inscribed copies are very uncommon.

[Book #22794P]

Price: $22,500.00

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