Maggs Bros Ltd

In Battle for Peace. The Story of my 83rd Birthday. With a comment by Shirley Graham.

DU BOIS W.E.B. (1952.)

£650.00 

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First paperback edition. 8vo., original pictorial wrappers, housed in a folding box. New York, Masses and Mainstream.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the half title page 'A Merry Xmas to Dr. Clark and Pat W.E. B Du Bois 1952'. Tipped in 3 TLSs from Du Bois to Dr. Belfield Clarke, a West Indian doctor who did much good work in his London practice, and was friend to many of the black writers and activists of his day. 2 of the letters are dated December 1949, and refer to a visit to Du Bois in his New York Home, giving travel instructions, the third letter dated January 1949 refers to a visit by Du Bois to Dr. Clarke's home in London, two of the original envelopes included, one only fragmentary.

Shirley Graham, author, composer and African-American activist, who contributes a comment, became Du Bois' second wife in 1951. Du Bois, author, sociologist, and Pan-African activist is one of the most important figures in Black American history, helping in 1909 to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In a speech at the centennial ceremony in New York honouring Du Bois, Martin Luther King said that Du Bois 'had been one of the first militant black leaders and was the particular hero of the black nationalists'.

Covers and text creased, soiled and damp-stained.

Stock Code: 221461