Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928. Jack Perkins. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. 5 1/4 X 7 5/8 Inches. 303 PP. Very Good / Very Good. Item #1610
"Black Sadie's father was hanged several months before she was born."
First printing copy in the very scarce original dust jacket. Retains original price of $2.50 on inside front flap. The story of three negro families in post Civil War Virginia and Harlem. The author, Thomas Bowyer was a noted Catholic missionary from Virginia as well as being the author of at least three novels. His work tended toward the exploration of the black experience. His third book, "Sweet Chariot" (renamed "White Nigger" by Collins Publishing), dealt with the issues of those with negro blood, but white skin. Hailing from Virginia, Boyer was no doubt exposed to the prejudices of the south of the time and his work sought to shed some light on the issues of Civil Rights and equality. The publisher wrote of the author, "He has achieved an astounding tour de force which deserves to stand with the very best of the negro novels." An interesting book written in a "black dialect" by a white author. Jacket illustration by Jack Perkins, known for his children's book illustrations of the 1930's.
Original black cloth with title embossed on front cover and spine. A hint of foxing to the gutters. The scarce original dust jacket exhbits a bit of paper loss to the top edge. A few scattered creases. A very nice copy overall.