8vo, hardcover. No dj, grey cloth. About vg condition. Covers slightly soiled; spine slightly sun-browned. Prev owner's name on inside front board. Binding tight, contents clean. 230 pp. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Black Challenge.
Publisher: Vantage Press, NY.
Publication Date: 1958
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description VANTAGE PRESS. HARDCOVER W/JACKET. Book Condition: FAIR SIGNED. 1ST. SIGNED. Gift-inscribed by the author on FEP. Dated 1959. DJ poor condition water-stained. Bookseller Inventory # IM439511
Book Description Vantage Press, New York, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Signed & inscribed by the author. ***Near fine in gray cloth covered boards with black titles on spine. No inscriptions other than that from the author. ***In a very good dustwrapper which is creased and rubbed at the edges with a couple of short closed tears, including a small snagged closed tear at the bottom of the back wrapper. Bright and attractive 1950s cover art. Orange on spine has faded just very slightly. Not price-clipped, showing the original publisher's price of $3.75. 210 x 140 mm ~ 230 pages. *** Signed and inscribed by the author in ink on the front free endpaper. The name of the recipient has been rubbed out, leaving the message: "To - With Best Wishes from the author EO Austin 11/9/62". ***Book stamp of the private library of Robert D. Hershey underneath inscription, and his further embossed blind stamp at the bottom of the front free endpaper. *** 'THE BLACK CHALLENGE is a movingly honest novel that searches the innermost hearts of the Negro people in Harlem, revealing illusions, frustrations, hopes - and what it means to be black in a white man's world.' [Quote from wrapper blurb] ***'Edmund Austin came to New York from Barbados, British West Indies, in 1898. He received his law degree from Fordham University in 1910 and was admitted to the New York bar the same year. In 1960, Fordham conferred upon him a special citation to mark the 50th anniversary of his graduation. After his retirement, Mr. Austin wrote poetry and two novels. His first book, ¿The Black Challenge,¿ a novel about Harlem after World War I, was published in 1958 by Vantage Press. Mr. Austin was a member of the Academy of Political Science, the executive committee of the Yonkers chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee.' [Quote taken from the New York Times obituary of 1962] *** A scarce first novel, very collectable. Inscribed by the author two years before his death in 1964. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc.***. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 5531