All About Little Black Sambo (1924 edition in jacket)

All About Little Black Sambo (1924 edition in jacket)
All About Little Black Sambo (1924 edition in jacket)

New York: Cupples & Leon, C. 1917, but indications this book is a 1924 printing - has a 1924 Xmas inscription, and the All-About series' no. 12 offering, Peter Pan, listed on the back of the jacket, was not published till 1924. Book is very good plus crisp copy, minor soil to covers and the Xmas inscription; jackt is good with some short clean tears to front and back, light general soil. Now in mylar protector. Although this book has become a poster child for racist children's books in America depicting African-Americans in derogatory ways, this was in fact set in India, not Africa -- there are no tigers in Africa, and Bannerman makes a point of mentioning that the tigers, when they ran faster and faster in a circle, turned into butter "or 'ghi' as it is called in India," -- and the child is Indian. That is no defense of the book, of course, but just pointing out a curious historic misconception of the text. Gruelle's illustrations make Sambo's family caricatures of a southern black family, and we know of no other illustrator who didn't similarly follow suit in subbing African-Americans for Indians. Very Good / good.

Item #H4805

Price: $50.00

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