Description[African Americana]. W. E. B. Du Bois (editor). Augustus Granville Dill (business manager). The Crisis. A Record of the Darker Races. New York: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1911-1927. Large collection of early issues of the official magazine of the NAACP that once belonged to Augustus Granville Dill, who served as business manager and DuBois's assistant editor between 1913 (first issue receiving credit being in November, Volume 7, Number 1) and 1928. One issue with his ownership ticket; four with his rubber stamp (in two variations, both associated with his time working at Atlanta University); and ten issues with his name, "AG Dill," or initials, "AGD," written in holographic black ink on the front cover, likely in a secretarial hand. Most issues with notes in holographic blue pencil (limited to issue and page numbers). Quarto (9.75 x 6.75 inches; 247 x 172 mm.). 132 total issues, ranging from April 1911 and January 1927, including a consecutive run of ninety-four issues beginning with issue number thirteen (Volume 3, No. 1; November, 1911) and concluding with issue number 106 (Volume 18, No. 4; August, 1919); smaller unbroken runs include eighteen issues (Numbers 151-168), thirteen issues (175-187) and four issues (190-193); the three remaining single issues are numbers 6, 108 and 195. Publisher's saddle-stitched wrappers. Worn, handled extensively by someone instrumental in the magazine's publication; three copies lacking front wrapper; most wrappers detached, some secured with tape, and with substantial chipping to edges; text-blocks slightly browned, but leaves still supple. A remarkable collection in good condition. Rare.
A collection seemingly unmatched in scope; this is the largest single accumulation of issues we could find to enter the market, and as such, a tremendous resource for referencing African-American culture, politics and history. In 2015, collections of nine, seven, twelve and twenty issues (published between 1911 and 1913; 1917-1918; 1934 (unbroken run); and 1939-1945 respectively), as well as a single issue (Christmas, 1917-present here), were auctioned in Swann's Sale 2377. We were able to locate a listing of twenty issues (published 1914-1922) in a bookseller's catalog, circa 2010. Many institutional holdings for The Crisis recorded, primarily for later issues.
Augustus Granville Dill, "newspaper man born at Portsmouth O Nov 30 1881 son of John Jackson and Elizabeth Stratton Dill AB Atlanta Univ 1906 Harvard 1908 AM Atlanta Univ 1909 unmarried Brothern secretary for Atlanta Univ 1908 10 associate professor of sociology 1910 13 business manager The Crisis New York since 1913 Joint editor following articles The College Bred Negro American 1911 The Common School and the Negro American 1912 The Negro American Artisan 1913 Morals and Manners Among Negro Americans 1914 Address 70 Fifth Ave New York" (Mather, Who's Who of the Colored Race, p. 91).
"Augustus Granville Dill, sociologist, business manager, musician, and colleague of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) co-founder W. E. B. Du Bois, is best known for his work overseeing the publication of Du Bois's journal, The Crisis, between 1913 and 1928. He also helped publish The Brownies' Book, a pioneering magazine for black children published from 1920 to 1921. In many ways, A. G. Dill represented the possibilities but also the difficulties of the college-educated 'talented tenth' generation that Du Bois lauded as civil rights pioneers in his seminal Souls of Black Folk (1903)" (The Black Past at http://www.blackpast.org/aah/dill-augustus-granville-1881-1956)
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