Philadelphia: John C. Winston and Co, 1895. Hardcover. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Attractive cover design in blue, red, and gilt. Wear and light fraying to spine ends and corners. Light rubbing and light soiling to covers. Illustrated with full page photogravure portraits and many other fine engravings. Clean overall with occasional spots of soiling and occasional smudge marks. Crack to rear hinge and front hinge is starting. An attractive volume. Size: Quarto. 708 pages. AMEBIO/102518. Very Good.
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.
Hartford, CT: Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1875. First Edition. Rare inscribed copy: "To Dr H. D. Nicoll, With grateful thanks and compliments of the author. A.E. Young," written on free front endpaper. In this fascinating autobiography by Brigham Young's "apostate" wife, Ann-Eliza Young (1844-1917) writes of the horrors and degradations of polygamy that she learned through her personal experiences as Young's wife number 19. Brigham Young was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the foundings of the precursors to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University [Wikipedia]. Ann-Eliza reluctantly married him in 1848 when she was 24 and he 67. She filed for divorce in 1873 and was excommunicated by the Mormons in 1874. She became an outspoken advocate for women's rights and against the suppression of women. She dedicated this book to the Mormon Wives of Utah and also made a statement to the wives of Brigham Young that her quarrel was not with them and that she still had the warmest and tenderest feelings toward them. Bound in brown cloth with ornate gilt and black decorations and lettering on the front cover and spine. Spine is chipped, and covers are bumped and rubbed although still bright. Front and rear hinges are tender with front hinge slightly pulled open. Interior pages are clean with occasional light brown spots and a few page creases. Gutter exposed in book's middle because of opening flat. Ink ownership signature of Miss Annie Walker on free front endpaper that has left small inkstains on front pastedown. With steel engraving frontispiece of author protected by tissue guard and numerous illustrations throughout by Stanley Fox, a frequent illustrator for Harper's Weekly. A very nice copy despite noted flaws. 605 pages. REL/112718.