A NINETEENTH CENTURY CLASSIC
BANNERMAN, Helen (author and illustrator). The Story of Little Black Sambo. London: Grant Richards. 1899.
Small 8vo.; publisher's light green cloth vertically striped in darker green to both covers and spine incorporating a lettering panel to spine and upper cover, beautifully protected by a fine, custom-made, olive-green buckram dustwrapper expertly replicating the design of the covers of the book, and housed in a neat and skilfully-made slipcase with green ribbon-pull, using the same fabric; pp. [v], vi-viii + [i], 2-57 + [ii]; with 27 full-page coloured plates by Bannerman; a superior copy, strikingly presented and in very pretty condition; externally unusually fresh with only light dusting and one small, and minor, blister to upper board, apparently sometime invisibly tightened in binding at inner hinges, although retaining the original endpapers and with no evidence of recasing, internally fresh and crisp throughout, and uninscribed; very scarce indeed.
First edition, issued without a dustwrapper. No. 4 in the famous Dumpy Books series. An indisputable classic of children's literature.