A Classic of African-Americana
DU BOIS, W.E.B. Souls of Black Folk. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co. , 1903.
First edition. Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 206 x 138 mm). viii, [1, contents], [1, blank], 264 [1, author's "after-thought"], [1, blank] pp. With half-title and the date April 18, 1903 on the verso of the title-page.

Publisher's original black cloth quadruple bordered in blind and lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Cloth with some very minor wear to edges and corners. Spine very lightly sunned. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper. Overall, a very good copy of a very important title.

"A collection of essays... The book chronicles the failure of Reconstruction-era politics to provide social and economic equality for blacks, and increasing racial conservatism at the turn of the century. Du Bois honors vernacular culture while he exhibits broad learning in Euro-American culture. Famously, Du Bois criticizes Booker T. Washington's advocacy of vocational education for rural blacks as an appeasement to white business interests; instead he urges the 'Talented Tenth,' the educated elite in African-American society, to provide leadership in the elevation of the race. The book is a seminal work on African-American history, culture, and politics." (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia, 968).

HBS # 68018 $3,500