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    Four Paul Laurence Dunbar First Edition Poetry Books Dunbar was the first African American poet to gain national critical and popular acclaim. The son of former Kentucky slaves, he grew up in Dayton, Ohio and went to high school with Orville and Wilbur Wright, where he excelled in debating, journalism and literature. Influenced by his mother, Matilda, who loved poetry and encouraged her children, Dunbar started writing and reciting poetry at the age of six. The first of the four books offered here is Howdy Honey Howdy, illustrated with photographs by Leigh Richmond and decorations by Will Jenkins. Published in New York by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1905; brown cloth with pictorial and gilt stamping and a photographic illustration laid down; first edition; colophon states printing date of August, 1905; fine, tight condition. Next is Poems of Cabin and Field, illustrated with photos by the Hampton Institute Camera Club and decorations by Alice Morse. Published in New York by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1899; first edition; green cloth with colorful decorations and gilt lettering (some light fading); a few loose pages repaired internally. The third book is entitled Li'l' Gal, illustrated with photographs by Leigh Richmond Miner and decorations by Margaret Armstrong. Published in New York by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1904; green cloth with colorful decorations and gilt lettering; first edition; a few pages a bit loose but a very nice copy. The last of these excellent offerings is When Malindy Sings, illustrated with photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club and decorations by Margaret Armstrong. Published in New York by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1903; brown cloth with colorful flower designs and gilt lettering; first edition; fine condition. A rare opportunity to own four original books by this important writer.

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