[West Kingston, Jamaica: Brothers of the Poor / Eventide Home Institution, 1981]. First Edition. Slim octavo (21.75cm); original pictorial card wrappers; [ii],50pp; illus. Light wear, rubbing, and dust-soil to wrappers, with a few tiny stains to same; contents clean; Very Good+.
A book produced to raise donations for the Eventide Relief Fund in the wake of the horrific May 20, 1980 fire, which tore through a building on the campus, killing 157 people. The Eventide Home Institution was established in 1870 as a home for elderly women, though it would eventually open its doors to the destitude, crippled, and severely handicapped children and men of the island. The home was perpetually underfunded and overcrowded, with several buildings condemned repeatedly, and described as "a tinderbox." Following an introduction by David Johnson, the contents are largely dedicated to stark black & white photographs (all captioned) of the various types of residents the institution cares for, virtually all in an exceedingly deplorable state. Scarce; OCLC notes 7 holdings (NYPL, UCLA, Howard, Ransom Center, U.Illinois, BL, Natl.Library of Jamaica).