PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, OF LANGSTON HUGHES' LANDMARK WORK, THE FIRST BOOK OF NEGROES, 1952, INSCRIBED BY HIM IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO HIS COUSIN
HUGHES, Langston. First Book of Negroes. New York, 1952.
First edition of Hughes' inaugural book in his major five-volume series on black history from the 16th century to Jim Crow America, the highly elusive first printing issued at the height of McCarthyism with Josephine Baker's image and biography that was quickly omitted from subsequent printings, a very scarce presentation/association copy inscribed by Hughes on the title page in the year of publication, "For my Cousin Pet—Sincerely—Langston, New York, Oct. 10, 1952," an exceptional copy in the colorful unrestored dust jacket. $3200.