Poems [Inscribed and Signed]. AFRICAN AMERICANA, J. E. SPINGARN.

Poems [Inscribed and Signed]

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1924. First Edition. Poetry collection by the co-founder of Harcourt, Brace and Company, in 1919, and an early member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Spingarn, the first Jewish leading member of the NAACP, would serve as chairman of the board from 1913 to 1919, and as the Association's second president from 1930 until his death in 1939. The present collection includes "The Fate of a Scholar," the author's elegy to Harry Thurston Peck, a fellow professor at Columbia, on the event of his suicide in 1914. Peck had lost his position at Columbia four years earlier following legal troubles regarding a breach of promise of marriage; Spingarn's attempts to save his friend's position would lead to his being dismissed as well. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's cloth-backed textured paper-covered boards, printed paper spine label; iv,143pp. Wear to extremities with brief exposure at corners, spine label rather browned, small dent to rear board fore-edge, else Very Good, internally fine. Inscribed and signed in the year of publication on front free endpaper.

Price: $200.00

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