E.K. MEANS, by E.K. Means; E.W. Kemble (illus) - 1918 [Signed, 1st Ed]


E.K. Means

by E.K. Means

illustrated by E.W. Kemble

The title continues: Is this a title? It is not. It is the name of a writer of negro stories who has made himself so completely the writer of negro stories that his book needs no title. 

A collection of eight tales by Black-American author, E.K. Means accompanied by eight illustrations from noted American illustrator, E.W. Kemble who is known for illustrating the first edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 395 pages followed by three pages of advertisements. As stated by the author, "the stories in this volume were written simply because of my interest in the stories themselves and because of a whimsical fondness for the people of that Race to whom God has given two supreme gifts - Music and Laughter." 385 pages followed by four pages of advertisements5.5" by 7.75"  

Signed by Means and inscribed to William T. Dewart, president of publishing for the N.Y. Sun Newspaper. 

Signed First Edition published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. New York, NY. 1918. 

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

  • Illustrated red cloth covers are gently darkened though overall are clean and free of any signs of age or wear. 
  • Corners are sharp. 
  • Spine features bold inked white lettering and design detail and has lightly pushed ends. 
  • Binding is firm. 
  • Front pastedowns features a signed inscription from author E.K. Means. 
  • Ffep shows a mild indentation to the upper edge though endpapers are clean overall. 
  • Frontispiece is clean and fully intact with accompanying tissue guard that shows a faint stain to the outer edge. Please see photos. 
  • Illustrations are clean and fully intact. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges are mildly darkened with the bottom edge showing light scratches. Please see photos. 
  • DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Closer examination of DJ reveals light edgewear including possible bumps, rubbing, and/or tiny closed tears.
  • Illustrated DJ is in GOOD+ condition, showing scuffing and darkening to all areas (most notably to the rear), creases and tears along the bottom edge, small chips from the corners, light wear to the shoulders, a crease and fold along the rear upper edge with a slight tear, and portions missing from the spine ends and gentle creases along the top outer portion of the front return. 
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: Short Stories
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Year Printed: 1918
Author: E.K. Means
Place of Publication: New York
Illustrator: E.W. Kemble
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