The Song of The Cotton Picker. With photos by Carl Julien. Madeline Horres HANTSKE.

The Song of The Cotton Picker. With photos by Carl Julien.

Clinton, South Carolina: Jacob's Press. 1942. First edition, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Publisher's red rexine, leather effect cloth with onlay photgraphic title label to front board. Bright and sharp, small square of fading to head of spine. In a very good dustwrapper, frayed and chipped to head of spine, some light edgewear elsewhere, closed tears to upper front corner and rear panel, a couple of small splash marks, eseentially strong, clean and respectable. The contents are a collection of poems and contemporary photographs written in a manner guaranteed to make most people's heads hurt. The introduction by Archibald Rutledge contains such insightful gems as "It has validity, charm and all the whimsical naivete of the Negro himself." Awesome. The various poems, apparently highly thought of at the time, have titles like "Whar De Massa?" and "Whar Do Mose Lib?" presumably there was no other way at the time of capturing the "meaning and feeling of the South Carolina Negro", which suggests to me that people maybe weren't trying hard enough. Inscribed by the author to the front flyleaf; "With every good wish to Marjorie Cawte - Madeline Horres Hantske Aug 23, 1954". Interesting, in its historical context, and scarce in dustwrapper. Item #41256

Price: £195.00

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