Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931. First edition, first printing. Publisher’s cloth boards with sharp corners and light staining to the boards and spine. No dust jacket. 357 pp. A Good copy with some sunning to the spine, pages tanned. Pictorial endpapers, however, the front free endpaper appears to have been glued to the front paste-down endpaper. Hinges are intact but binding loose. The first publisher’s blank shaken but included; “Studio Book Shop, Birmingham, ALA.” label pasted to the bottom left of the page. Book block shows some shelf-wear on the tail. Hand-written ownership markings (“Forster”) in pencil appear on the glued-down verso of what was the front-free endpaper, and notes in pencil on the front of the back free-endpaper.
Rare Americana, written at the high point of the early 20th Century during a disturbing trend that romanticized slavery. By spinning paternalistic “yarns of happiness” through fictionalized recollections of former slaves, Armstrong, a white male, Republican politician, attempts to reinforce the plantation tradition of slavery as a kindly guardianship, where slaves are docile and happy.