BANNERMAN, Helen (author and illustrator). The Story of Little Black Mingo. London: Nisbet & Co., Ltd., circa 1945.
Small 8vo. Publisher's pinkish-red cloth lettered in blue, pictorial pastedowns, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. ; with 32 naive coloured plates by the author; a very good, fresh copy, both externally and internally, with a touch of fading to spine, in an attractive, lightly dusted, dustwrapper with a short and early ink inscription to front flap and slim triangular loss to top edge of lower panel (13 x 36mm).
Vintage edition, first published in 1901. An unsentimental tale steeped in the racial stereotyping characteristic of the period. The orphan girl Black Mingo is abused by her carer, an old woman named Black Noggy. When sent to collect water she is confronted by Mugger the crocodile. With the aid of a friendly Mongoose, and the fortuitous, if brutal, eruption of a kerosene explosion, she is released from both her torments.