Garden City: Garden City Publishing Co., 1933. First Thus. Bannerman's original version of this racist children's classic was set in India, and even the earliest versions of the book contained illustrations that clearly drew upon negative colonial stereotypes. Langston Hughes noted that Little Black Sambo was a work of the "pickaninny variety...amusing undoubtedly to the white child, but like an unkind word to one who has known too many hurts to enjoy the additional pain of being laughed at" (quoted at www.historyonthenet.com).
Though public opposition to the Sambo books had begun in earnest by the early 1930s, Kurt Wiese's illustrations for this edition brought clearly African features to the character of Sambo, reinforcing the pickaninny stereotype. This mechanical version is not listed in Baumgarten and is apparently the only edition of Sambo to include Wiese's illustrations. Rare in dustwrapper. Octavo (22.5cm). Original pictorial publisher's boards in matching dustwrapper; pp; illus; four inserted leaves of mechanical plates on card-stock. A bright, Very Good or better copy, with all mechanical plates present and in working condition, retaining the scarce pictorial dustwrapper which is lightly soiled, with small losses to extremities, scuffed at folds and with a 1" closed tear at crown of spine; just Very Good.