Whence the "Black Irish" of Jamaica? AFRICAN AMERICANS, CARIBBEAN, Joseph J. WILLIAMS.

Whence the "Black Irish" of Jamaica?

New York: Lincoln Mac Veagh - The Dial Press, 1932. First Edition. Attractive copy of Williams's scholarly volume documenting the history of Black Jamaicans who claim Irish ancestry. "Visitors to Jamaica in the British West Indies frequently remark a seeming anomaly. In even the remotest sections of the 'bush' and among the darkest of the negroes who clearly trace their ancestry back to the earliest slaves from Africa, they will find distinctively Irish names so common that in an unguarded moment they are apt to give flight to the imagination and claim that they have actually encountered a touch of the 'brogue'" (from the front flap). Uncommon in the trade, particularly in dustjacket. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); vertically-ribbed black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and publisher's logo embossed to front cover; dustjacket; xii,97,[3]pp, with photographic frontispiece and one inserted plate. Some rubbing to spine gilt, else a fresh, very Near Fine copy. Dustjacket is price-clipped, lightly edgeworn, with a few small nicks to spine ends and corners, and some faint, scattered foxing to panels; still a bright, Very Good+ example.

Price: $500.00

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