New York: Horace Liveright, (1929). First American edition. 8vo, 267pp, illustrated; terracotta cloth. Endsheets toned from jacket flaps; general soil and a few marks to covers; very good copy in a lightly edgeworn pictorial dust jacket. Item #205684
Albert Londres, a father of modern investigative journalism and the namesake of France's most prestigious award in the field, travelled widely and adventurously to report on controversial subject matter including white slavery in South America, the French penal colonies in the West Indies, international drug traffic and more. In this book, extensively illustrated with photographs, he presents his account of the exploitation of African people by French colonists in "French Soudan, the High Volta, the Ivory Coast, Togoland, Dahomey and the Congo." Highly uncommon in the dust jacket, with its dramatic illustration by Lucinda Goldsborough (who would later become better known as a Broadway costume designer under her married name, Lucinda Ballard).