London: Nancy Cunard at Wishart & Co., 1934.
First edition, first printing of Cunard's ambitious compilation all aspects of history and culture of the African in Africa, or the diaspora featuring contributions from an impressive array of leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance, such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Arthur A. Schomberg, W.E.B. Du Bois, Walter White, Countee Cullen and many others. Bound in publisher's black cloth stamped in red, with black topstain, issued without a dust jacket. Near Fine with sunning to spine and light fraying to cloth at corners and spine ends. Former owner gift inscription to top of title page, pages toned, sporadically soiled with a some small stains and some edge-tears. Small bookseller ticket from Brentano's in Paris to rear pastedown. A definitive work on the growth and development of Black culture of the early 20th century. One-thousand copies were originally printed, though many remained unsold and were destroyed when the warehouse they were stored in was bombed during the Blitz. Item #140941959