The Black Christ and Other Poems

Cullen, Countee

Published by Harper & Brothers, 1929
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Book has light wear and aging with typical toning on gilt cover and spine title pastedowns. Book is square and securely bound. Former owner's name and date on ffep. Dust wrapper has wear with several chips on top edge and one on rear bottom near flap fold. Overall a solid and attractive copy. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7" - 8" tall; 110 pages; Cullen was a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Black Christ and Other Poems
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Publication Date: 1929
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrator: Illustrated by Charles Cullen
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Cullen, Countee
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Book Description Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Blue paper over boards with black cloth over spine. Gold title label to front with black lettering, same to spine. Title page dated 1929. Copyright page not dated, but stated first edition. 110 pages. Good condition. Covers rubbed, boards exposed at corners. Light chipping at head and foot of spine. Binding intact. Pages clean but toned. Bookplate on front free end page. Former book price in pencil on front free end page. A good reading copy of this book of poetry, has sparse illustrations. Seller Inventory # 18-3217

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Book Description 1929. London: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1929. 8vo. Or.cl. backed dec. boards. spine slightly rubbed. X96pp. Uncut. 1st ed. Slightly foxed. Seller Inventory # 168520

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Published by Harper & Brothers, New York & London (1929)
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Book Description Harper & Brothers, New York & London, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Charles Cullen (illustrator). 1st Edition. [128pp, top edge black]: xiv, 114 (last leaf blank); cloth-backed pale green boards, cover label, lacking jacket; 196 x 133 x 15 mm. Third printing of the poet's most controversial volume. Covers toned about perimeter, with a few offset ink marks on boards (possibly from a blotter). Spine frayed lightly at crown. Pencil name neat at head of ffe, dated at Boston, 23 January 1931. Fine bookseller's label at foot of ffe: "Chas. E. Lauriat Co. Importers & Booksellers 385 Washington St. Boston". The three reprints of this title remain far less common than the first. Seller Inventory # 000766

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Book Description Putnam, London, 1929. Hardbound. First. a little wear to the extremities else a very good copy in original printed paper over boards with gilt stamped black cloth spine. dust jacket is a bit worn, lacking several large chips at the spine. an advance review copy with the blue slip at the title page. Seller Inventory # 35010

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Countee Cullen, Charles Cullen
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Book Description HARPER & BROTHERS. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Book in excellent condition. DJ is worn. Fiction and Poetry>Poetry>General. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # 01222115175718002. Seller Inventory # 01222115175718002

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Book Description Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Poor. 1st Edition. 111 pages with frontispiece and other illustrations by Charles Cullen. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's Quarter black back strip ove blue boards with labels to spine and cover in original pictorial jacket. First edition. The frontispiece of Countee Cullen's 1929 The Black Christ & Other Poems features in its center a nude black male haring by his neck from a long, jagged tree limb. Drawn in black-and-white by art-deco illustrator Charles Cullen, the figure's hands are fastened behind his back, and his feet are tied at the ankles. Rising behind the lynched body are sunbursts and a white cloud that ascends into the torso, shoulders, and bowed head of a second man, this one adorned with a crown of thorns. The image depicts the central argument put forth by "The Black Christ," that the corporal text of terror against black Americans should be read alongside the crucifixion of a "white" Jesus of Nazareth. But Charles Cullen's drawing also anticipates the vexing ambiguities that emerge in the verses b Countee Cullen that follow it. The frontispiece raises the question of how poetic invention will align these two sufferers depicted as radicalize opposites of spiritual and material reality. Do the figures in the illustration represent two different individuals with distinct cultural histories, or are they dual aspects of a single man? The frontispiece intimates a connection between racial transcendence and divine immanence that invites further questions about the redemptive qualities of an early 20th-century "passion play" set in the Jim Crow South. Exactly what kind of redemption will be championed through the Christian martyrdom of a black lynched body and the unmerited suffering of blacks left behind? Condition: Corners bumped, spine ends rubbed, some sunning to boards. Jacket separated at hinges, spine ends chipped with one inch loss to heal, corners chipped, edge wear with tears and chips, one inch loss along back heal edge else a very good copy in a poor jacket. Seller Inventory # L0735

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Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, NY (1929)
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Book Description Harper & Brothers Publishers, NY, 1929. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Charles Cullen (illustrator). First Edition. xiii. Frontis. 110pp. Black cloth spine with tarnished gilt printed title label on spine and blue paper over boards with bright gilt printed title label on front board. Pc chipped Dust Jacket with some separations of spine panel. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 000304

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Published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London (1929)
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Book Description Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: good. Charles Cullen (illustrator). Fourth Printing. Charles Cullen. Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Black cloth with gold paper labels. Lean to spine, head and tail creased. Extremities rubbed. Dust jacket faded, creased and soiled with chips and tears. Seller Inventory # 3645

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Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1929)
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Book Description Harper & Brothers, New York, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Good Plus. Charles Cullen (illustrator). Stated First Edition. 8vo. Blue boards, greyish-white spine, with silver paste-down to spine, quite rubbed. #68 out of 128 copies produced, and signed by poet Cullen on colophon page (before half-title). Yellow silk marker ribbon sewn-in. Staining along joints, to gutters. 111 numbered pages. Edges untrimmed. Previous owner's bookplate -- fabulous drawing of an old-time city streetcar conductor in front of his streetcar -- to front pastedown. Lacks slipcase. (with 4-page 1929 Harper & Brothers advertising pamphlet laid in, entitled "EIGHT IMPORTANT MODERN POETS", featuring Edmund Blunden, Joseph Auslander, Countee Cullen, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others. Cullen's name is one of those most closely associated with the historical period known as The Harlem Renaissance. "Countee LeRoy Porter was taken into the home of the Reverend Frederick A. Cullen, the pastor of Salem Methodist Episcopal Church, Harlem's largest congregation. There the young Countee entered the approximate center of black politics and culture in the United States and acquired both the name and awareness of the influential clergyman who was later elected president of the Harlem chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)." (From Wikipedia). Seller Inventory # 75222

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Published by Harper, New York (1929)
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Book Description Harper, New York, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Gold foil labels oxidized, tiny spots on covers, bookplate, picture of a sculpture entitled "Reaching for Freedom" held in place by photo album holders, Good, in Dust Jacket with some very small chips and tears, Very Good Minus. Signed by Countee Cullen with a written "For" before the bookplate. Seller Inventory # 006727

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