Black Man's Verse: Davis, Frank Marshall

Black Man's Verse

Davis, Frank Marshall

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6 x 6.7 cm. 51 pp. limited to [300] copies. The typefaces used in this miniature book are Linotype Caedonia, Bodoni Bold and Foundry . Ultra Bodoni. A limited edition has been printed, direct from the type on Berestoke handmade paper imported from England. Bound in full black leather, pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt by Monastery Hill Bindery. Completed during February 1961. Design and Typography by Norman W. Forgue. French fold. Red, gray and black ink. A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Black Man's Verse
Publisher: Black Cat Press
Edition: First Edition.

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Davis, Frank Marshall
Published by Black Cat Press, Chicago (1961)
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Book Description Black Cat Press, Chicago, 1961. Full Leather. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Second Printing, Limited Edition. Miniature book: two and 3/4 inches tall. Limited to 300 copies. Full black leather binding, pages are tight and clean with no marks, no bookplate, no name of previous owner. The first edition of this book was 1935. Bookseller Inventory # MP9-328C-BX

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Davis, Frank Marshall
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Book Description Black Cat Press, Chicago, 1961. Book Condition: Fine. Limited to 300 copies. Limited to 300 copies. Miniature book (2 5/8" X 2 5/16"). Printed in red, gray and black. Bound by the Monastery Hill Bindery in full black leather with gilt spine title and stylized gilt device of head on upper cover. Black Cat Press Bibliography p. 37. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 16654

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Davis, Frank Marshall
Published by Black Cat Press, Chicago (1935)
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Book Description Black Cat Press, Chicago, 1935. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition; First Printing. SIGNED on the title page and dated December 3, 1940. Also, generically inscribed opposite the title page: "As a writer and a member of a minority group, it is my wish that this thin tome will do its share toward helping other minority writers flee from persecution to these comparatively safe American shores." Although Davis lived and worked as a journalist in Chicago, with the publication of this, his first book of poetry, he became one of the most influential voices of the so-called Harlem Renassaince, though less well known than his contemporaries Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Thurston, and Richard Wright. Davis continued to work and write in Chicago until 1948, when he moved with his wife to Honolulu where he lived for the rest of his life. He enjoyed a renassaince of his own in 1973, when his work was re-discovered by a group known as the Black Arts Poets. From then until his death in 1987, he enjoyed considerable celebrity. Recently much has been made of his connection to President Barack Obama who as a teenager knew Davis. Known for his leftist sentiments and investigated in the 1940s and 1950s by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Davis has recently become a cause celebre for right-wing conspiracy theorists who often refer to him as "Obama's Communist mentor." An important and very scarce first book and an equally scarce signature. Bookseller Inventory # 10686

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