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The Story of Little Black Sambo by  Helen Bannerman - First edition - 1899 - from James Cummins Bookseller (SKU: 55322)

The Story of Little Black Sambo

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The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

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Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hin
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London: Grant Richards, 1899. First edition. Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo. Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hinge repaired, some rubbing and soiling of covers, a few spots in margins. Overall, a good copy of this notoriously fragile book. In green half morocco slipcase and chemise. First edition. Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo. First edition of one of the most celebrated titles in children's literature, a work whose small illustrated format heralded a change in children's publishing, and a book that has achieved classic status while remaining explosively controversial. Hay, Sambo Sahib (Paul Harris, 1981); Schiller, "The Story of Little Black Sambo," in The Book Collector 23, No. 3 (Autumn 1974), pp. 381-386; Blockson 101, no. 50

Synopsis

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Scottish-born author Helen Bannerman for her children while her family was living in India. The story of a young Indian boy who outsmarts four tigers that threaten to eat him has been noted a controversial with its publication in the United States, accused of presenting racist overtones, primarily because of its illustrations. However, many “American editions” were pirated versions, lacking Bannerman’s name on the title page, that were reillustrated, producing degrading caricatures. 

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A wonderfull book for children,to see and learn of other cultures.

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Details

Seller
James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
Seller's Inventory #
55322
Title
The Story of Little Black Sambo
Author
Bannerman, Helen
Format/binding
Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo
Book condition
Used - Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hin
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First edition
Publisher
Grant Richards
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1899
Keywords
Children's Books | African American History
Bookseller catalogs
Americana; Literature;

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hinge
The portion of the book closest to the spine that allows the book to be opened and closed.
First Edition
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Cloth
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rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
morocco
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