1899 Kemble's Sketch Book Illustrated African-american Jim Crow-era New Orleans
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1899 Kemble's Sketch Book Illustrated African-american Jim Crow-era New Orleans:
Up for sale is a rare antique collection of cartoons by Edward W. Kemble, the legendary illustrator best known for his depictions of the characters in the first edition of Mark Twains THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. This is the 1899 collection of his illustrations, entitled KEMBLES SKETCH BOOK, published in New York by R.H. Russell in 1899. FIRST EDITION.
Kembles work is iconic mainly for his depiction of African-Americans, during the darkest turn-of-the-century years of Jim Crow. This book contains full-page illustrations of many African-Americans Kemble encountered while journeying around the South, through Florida, New Orleans and elsewhere. Kembles depiction of African-Americans is generally considered to be sympathetic, although he did perpetuate stereotypes. Pages are unnumbered, but the book originally contained 30 plates, although only 27 are present here. Most plates are of African-Americans, but a few other subjects are represented – a Cape Cod fisherman, an architectural motif, etc. Binding a bit shaky, but holding well. Bound in tan cloth with red-stamped script of title on front cover. Overall in fair condition. Very rare. Good luck!