James Van Der Zee: The Harlem Book of the Dead (Triple Signed, Association Copy)
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The Harlem Book of the Dead. Photographs by James Van Der Zee. Poems and text by Owen Dodson and Camille Billops. Foreword by Toni Morrison. Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1978. 85 pp. Quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Sepia-toned black-and-white reproductions. Inscribed by Dodson, Billops and Van Der Zee to Helen Johnson*. Dodson writes, "For Helen/Whose work of great culture in our theatre is an exultation/Owen/Nov. 12, 1978. Billops writes, "Helen/Lover of the Arts/Thank You/Camille Billops. Van Der Zee signs his name in full with the the notation, "Lenox Mass./NYC" Helen Johnson, a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance, moved in the circle of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

"The Harlem Book of the Dead with its photographs, poems, and text are more than a representational reflections of mourning rites. They reveal the history of a time in Harlem, now past, when society cared for both the living and the dead, the belief that we must preserve a standard of pride representing order high in spiritual and temporal values."--from the cover copy A fine association copy inscribed by all three authors to an important figure in African-American cultural history.

Trace of edge wear; binding a bit brittle; otherwise Fine.
     James Van Der Zee: The Harlem Book of the Dead (Triple Signed, Association Copy)       James Van Der Zee: The Harlem Book of the Dead (Triple Signed, Association Copy)
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