CANDLE-LIGHTIN' TIME

(New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1901).

A VERY PLEASING AND HANDSOME COPY OF THIS LOVELY BOOK, WITH FINE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE CAMERA CLUB OF THE FAMOUS HAMPTON INSTITUTE. These photographs beautifully bring Dunbar's lyrical "Negro dialect" poetry to life. The author, the child of Kentucky slaves, was one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation. Frederick Douglass once referred to Dunbar as, "one of the sweetest songsters his race has produced and a man of whom [he hoped] great things."
This is also a wonderful example of Margaret Armstong's talents in the book arts; incorporating not only one of her decorated covers in the Art Nouveau design but also the fine frames and vignette style illustrations found all throughout the book. Item #29760

First edition with "First Edition published October 1901" on the copyright page, later issue, with the title in green and the date adjusted on the title-page. Illustrated with photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club. There are 52 impressive black and white photos very finely reproduced within lovely decorative frames printed in light green designed by Margaret Armstrong, and with additional decorative elements throughout also by Armstong. Tall 8vo, in the very attractive original decorated green cloth binding by Margaret Armstrong, the upper cover lettered in gilt and with a stylized field of cotton beneath a crescent moon in maroon, black, white and gilt, the spine similarly lettered and decorated all in gilt. 127 pp. A fine copy, with only light evidence of age, the cloth very fresh, the tips and corners sharp, the hinges tight.

Price: $350.00