Bandanna and Other Ballads. African American History.

Bandanna and Other Ballads

Huntsville Alabama. A bound group of poetry on African-American themes, most probably corresponding to the edition credited to Howard Weeden published by Doubleday & McClure in 1899; containing 54 poems, typed, one side only; with blank pages interspersed between the poems; with some interesting ephemeral items laid-in, including: A typed note-sheet, stating "I shall read a group of Negro Poems from the pen of Miss Howard Weedon (Please Note: throughout the owner's commentary, the spelling of the name is 'Weedon' as opposed to 'Weeden' -also, the original spelling of the note is left as found) of Huntsville, Ala. Miss Weedon, lived on a great plantation and spent much of her time among the Darkies. She made a thorough study of their psychology and their phylosophy. In the writing of each poem, she had a specific Darky in mind, in fact when her book was published, each poem carried an original photograph of the Darkey by whom the poem was inspired. From Miss Weedon we catch the Negro in his every mood, his simple yet colorful nature is beautifully delinated by her. The collection from which I read is entitled "Bandana Ballads", and this copy from which I read I transcribed from one of only 100 copies published. Shortly after the publication Miss Weedon died, her brother because of sentemental reasons refused several of America's greatest publishing house, and a very substantial remuneration for the privilege to reprint. I, of course, am very happy to claim this copy." (with) another typed sheet, one side with "Program of Negro Literature Mrs. Nelly Lane Reader" in three Parts, listing 6 numbered selections with sub-selections giving 10 total, of pieces by Louise Ayers Garnett, Keith Preston, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Beatrice Ravenel, Ruth McEnery Stuart, Joel Chandler Harris, James Weldon Johnson - on the back of this page are penciled notations: (at top) "Sidney Homer (Louise Homer & Daughter) and the rest reflecting the same information in the previous, typed version; (with) laid-in at the page for the poem "Left Behind" a slip of paper with pencil notations regarding performance of the reading of the poem; on the front endpaper is penciled, "Miss Howard Weedon Huntsville, Alabama"; bound in polished black leather, with a red bandanna pasted-down across the front of the top board, title (somewhat crudely) stamped in gilt; top board detached as is front free endpaper (still present), spine ends covering chipped away at top and bottom 1 1/2"; boards rubbed, edgeworn; contents generally very clean; in good condition, an interesting compilation of African-American lore and poetry more well-known in it's published form; especially interesting for the laid-in materials; there is no indication why the noted opera singer Louise Homer and her composer husband Sidney Homer are briefly mentioned here. Item #19964

Price: $350.00

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