New York: Macaulay Company, 1929.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good in a good dust jacket. Wallace Thurman was a writer and editor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. The Blacker the Berry was his first novel. It "tells the story of Emma Lou Morgan, a dark-skinned black woman whose internalized lighter-is-better philosophy results repeatedly in personal misfortune. Thurman deftly investigated the many ironies of this situation, as middle-class Emma Lou’s own prejudice against dark-skinned working-class blacks remains disconnected in her own mind from the unjust social snobbery that she encounters from the mulatto society whose social circle she covets" (ANB). This copy has the merit of having the very rare dust jacket, which was beautifully designed by Aaron Douglas. However, it is a former lending library copy with a number of associated flaws, all of which may be viewed in images on our website. The dust jacket was backed in a cardstock-like paper and then glued to the inside covers of the book. It has been separated from the book, but there is related damage to both pastedowns and hinges. Most of the liner remains attached to the jacket, and this has been extensively repaired with tape (appears archival) along one fold. There is a lending library stamp on the bottom of the text block, and the spine of the book has a clear glossy coating on it. The jacket is price-clipped and missing a large chunk from the lower spine. The liner has helped to stabilize it, and it is now in a new mylar cover.