Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1948. First Edition. The artist's best-known work, a collection of pen-and-ink drawings illustrating the text of three African-American spirituals, including "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and "Heaven." Crite (1910-2007), a celebrated Boston painter and illustrator, was a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1936) and one of very few African-American artists to have received commissions from the Federal Arts Project. Quarto (28cm). Turquoise cloth boards, lettered in black on spine and front cover; [165pp; unpaged]; chiefly illustrations. A clean, tight copy with a touch of darkening to board edges; original bookseller's ticket at front pastedown (Old Corner Bookshop, Boston); Near Fine. In the original pictorial dustwrapper, price-clipped, darkened on rear panel, and with numerous small chips and nicks to extremities, including a ca. 1/2" loss at base of spine panel (no loss to text); just VG.