Alfred A. Knopf, 1932. Fourth Printing. Hardcover. Good / No Dustjacket. Item #072109
Most useful as an exemplar of the performance of exotic Blackness at the intersection of Jim Crow America and the twilight of Vaudeville, this invented autobiographical narrative of a "West African Black Jew" created by Joseph Howard Lee is signed by "Bata Kindai Amgoza ibn LoBagola" and inscribed with general compliments to a named individual at the front free endpaper. The pages are mildly age-toned throughout but clean except for fingerprints on the front endpapers and one small brown spot on the foreedge; the binding is mildly relaxed, but secure; the full cloth cover is somewhat faded along the spine and uppers and bears one small, pale spot at the lower front, inward turns at the bottom free corners, and shelf rubbing along the heel edges, otherwise clean and sound. xxiii, 402pp.