THE CONJURE WOMAN, by Charles Chesnutt - 1899 [1st Ed]
The Conjure Woman
by Charles W. Chesnutt
The first book published by Charles W. Chesnutt, this anthology of short stories is based on African American folk tales. This son of freed slaves wanted to write stories of real issues facing Blacks in the American post-Civil War South, but the publishers encouraged him to focus on the supernatural tales. He was able to weave into the stories some of the racial issues facing the Post-war South through the voice of his narrator Uncle Julius, sharing stories with a land-shopping white couple. 229 pages. 5 x 7.25 inches.
FIRST EDITION, published by: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston / New York. 1899.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.
- Brown linen cloth has illustration and gilt on front and gilt on spine.
- Binding is secure, although no longer snugly tight.
- Interior is free of writing and underlining.
- EX-LIBRARY BOOK, with expected markings.
- White sticker residue can be seen under title on spine. (Assumed library sticker removed.)
- Back cover has white sticker residue in top corner.
- Ffep is stamped "withdrawn."
- Front pastedown has residue of card pocket.
- Foot edge of text block is stamped by library.
- Title page and last page have perforated library stamp: "Public Library Plainfield, NJ"
- Boards are moderately soiled
- Sun-darkened spine has softened ends with some scuffing and fraying.
- Book sits cocked, with top cover over-hanging back cover.
- Gaps can be seen between some signatures.
- Inside pages are lightly age-toned, with very few light smudges commensurate with age.
- Occasional damage to pages edges, limited to margins only, in the form of creasing or tears.
- Back hinge is cracked 2.5" from top.
- Back pastedown and fly page have some light markings.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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