New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930. Third printing. Uncommon. Inscribed by both Paul Robeson and his wife, the author Eslanda Robeson in 1931 on half-title. Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was one of the major public figures of the 20th century. He was famous for his cultural accomplishments as a singer and actor, his athletic abilities, and his political activism. He became active in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. In 1921 he married Eslanda Goode (1895-1965). She also had many accomplishments as an anthropologist, actor, civil rights activist, and author. The Robeson's had a complicated marriage, made more difficult by his multiple affairs. This biography of him was her first book. Supposedly Robeson was deeply angered by the way he was depicted as lazy, immature, and in need of her. Despite all, their marriage endured until her death in 1965. Bound in reddish-brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. Covers and spine are bumped, chipped, and worn. Interior pages very good with aging to paper and a few brown spots and chipped fore-edges. Several b&w illustrations of Robeson throughout. Despite flaws a very desirable copy with the two inscriptions. 178 pages. AFRIAMER/120518.
Lucknow: Methodist Publishing House, 1889. Hardcover. Includes both lyrics and musical scores for 118 songs. Mustard yellow cloth boards with black title to front cover. Brown endpapers with gift inscription in pencil. Bumping to corners and wear to edges of boards. Minor soiling to boards. One inch split to cloth along rear hinge and wear / chipping to cloth on spine ends. Minor browning to pages. Song lyrics are all in Hindu; Introductory text explaning difficulties encountered during compilation and a brief background on Hindu music, tunes, fitting tunes to words, Urdu Tunes, Pronunciation, and more are all in English. 176 pages. IND/011719. Very Good.