Item #55322 The Story of Little Black Sambo. Helen Bannerman.

The Story of Little Black Sambo.

London: Grant Richards, 1899.

Price: $6,000.00

About the item

First edition. Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo. Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner’s signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hinge repaired, some rubbing and soiling of covers, a few spots in margins. Overall, a good copy of this notoriously fragile book. In green half morocco slipcase and chemise. Hay, Sambo Sahib (Paul Harris, 1981); Schiller, “The Story of Little Black Sambo,” in The Book Collector 23, No. 3 (Autumn 1974), pp. 381-386; Blockson 101, no. 50.

Item #55322

First edition of one of the most celebrated titles in children’s literature, a work whose small illustrated format heralded a change in children's publishing, and a book that has achieved classic status while remaining explosively controversial.