BOOTSIE AND OTHERS, by Ollie Harrington - 1958 [Signed 1st Ed]


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Bootsie and Others: A Selection of Cartoons

by Ollie Harrington

SIGNED FIRST EDITION. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1958.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition with GOOD++ DJ.

  • Volume displays mild overall aging and wear.
  • Yellow covers exhibit some edge wear and aging with rubbing, small bumps, and some soiling along borders. A small white stain is visible on back.
  • Spine features green text, exhibits some fading, and is mildly worn at ends with some bumping.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Ephemera (newspaper clip) is well preserved showing mild aging as well as light creasing along edges.
  • Title page features author's signature. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently toned.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges are gently toned. Head edge is foxed and dusty. (See photos)
  • DJ looks nice behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper. 
  • DJ is not price-clipped. (See photos)
  • DJ displays overall foxing and dust, as well as some edgewear including a 1" x 1" chip to back, that warps around to head of spine and front. (See photos)
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190214

Pages not numbered. Approx. 94 pages. 7.5 x 10.25 inches.

Here is the first collection of cartoons of Ollie Harrington. Depicting with humor and wit the condition of African Americans and their life in America, his work has been well received wherever presented. It blends good-humored comical situations with a realism and irony in the depiction of injustice, in a talented artistry that has conquered the American people of its time.

Oliver Wendell "Ollie" Harrington (1912-1995) was a man who was active against racism, seizing whatever opportunities came his way, and in between he used his art to make a point. His political activism eventually brought him under government scrutiny, and he left the country in 1951. This collection of his remarkable cartoons was published before he sought political asylum in East Germany, where he continued to publish cartoons.

Bootsie is a Harlem "everyman" who became a Harlem household celebrity. Scholar M. Thomas Inge described the character as an attempt to “reconcile the contradictions and absurdities of their daily lives, especially the incongruity  between the American Dream and the nation’s failure to fulfill it.”

Features the B&W drawings of the author. Includes an introduction by Langston Hughes, who had looked out for the young Harrington when he first stepped out on his own in NYC.

EPHEMERA: Includes a newspaper clip from the Local News on the author, dated April 15, 1991, from the Detroit Free Press.

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