"THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE'S FIRST BOOK OF POETRY": FIRST EDITION OF CLAUDE MCKAY'S HARLEM SHADOWS, 1922
MCKAY, Claude. Harlem Shadows. New York, 1922.
First edition of the Jamaican-born McKay's groundbreaking volume of over 50 poems, together in book form for the first time, including his "calling card… the anthemic Shakespearean sonnet 'If We Must Die,' one of the landmark political poems of the 20th century," along with profoundly influential poems such as "The Harlem Dancer," "White City" and "The Lynching," a splendid copy in original cloth. $4200.