A classic compilation of minstrel songs and jokes by family members of the famed Christy's Minstrels. Yes, this was blackface humor ? as performed and promulgated by its most prominent white practitioners ? and the book is an essential source for the study and appreciation of it, warts and all. Binding: Publisher's salmon-colored wrappers, the front one giving the title and imprint information above and below a wood-engraved illustration signed by the N. Orr Company. The blackfaced minstrel shown wearing mismatched, inappropriate, and improperly fitting clothes, standing behind a table and gesticulating, is => Byron Christy performing one of his famous "burlesque political stump speeches" ? "Ain't I right, eh?" ? five of these being included in the booklet. 16mo (15.5 cm; 8"). 72 pp., and wrappers. This edition not in Library Company, Afro-Americana (rev. ed.), but see 2314 for the 1863 printing. Binding as above. Very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Christy's new songster and black joker, ...
Publisher: Dick & Fitzgerald ? 1868
Publication Date: 1868
Book Description New York Dick & Fitzgerald, [ca. 1868]., 1868. 72pp. 16mo. Original printed wrappers. Chips at toe and crown of spine, contents uniformly browned, printed on poor quality paper, else very good. A highly popular collection of verse, sketches, lyrics, jokes and anecdotes which was obviously reprinted many times (without distinguishing between printings), as evidenced by the varying degrees of type-wear observable between copies. Bookseller Inventory # WRCLIT 77286