Chicago: Third World Press, (1978). First American edition. 8vo, 235pp; black cloth. Fine in a bright, crisp dust jacket with a bit of minor wear to the spine ends and a couple of tiny nicks; small price sticker on the front. Item #205978
Exceptionally uncommon clothbound issue of this important work, first published French in 1959. The English translation was done in 1963 and appeared under the French imprint of Presence Africaine. The Senegalese scholar's work had a profound impact in the wake of the Black Arts and Black Power movements, becoming a foundational text in the burgeoning academic field of black studies throughout the country. This copy has a price sticker from Third World Press founder Haki Madhubuti's African American Book Center on the front, and a loosely inserted bookmark from the store as well. There cannot have been many copies of the hardcover issue and they most likely went quickly into libraries.