African Treasury

Langston HUGHES

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HUGHES, Langston, editor. An African Treasury. New York: Crown, (1960). Octavo, original half gray cloth, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket.

First edition of this important anthology of African poetry and prose.

The 35 writers represented in this anthology "have in common an intense pride of race… Collectively, their work has a freshness that bespeaks the wind of change blowing over the once-dark continent" (New York Times, September 18, 1960). This volume helped introduce "the writings of a wide range of Africans to readers in North America. Many of the writers who later achieved major international success, including Wole Soyinka [and] Amos Tutuola… were represented" (African American Writers, 172). First edition, second state of the binding, with cartographic endpapers. Blockson 6859.

Book fine, with corner folded and miscut by printer on page 160. Dust jacket near-fine, with slight soiling, only faintest dampstaining to bottom edges, and light rubbing to extremities. A handsome near-fine copy.

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