New York: William Morrow & Co, 1947. First edition. Hardcover. 44pp. Slender quarto [26.5 cm] Navy blue cloth over boards with an illustrated paper title label on the front board. Very good, with minor wear at the spine ends, and a couple of tiny indentations in the cloth near the foot of the spine. The pages are a bit toned. With the dust jacket, in good plus condition. There are half a dozen small closed and open tears in the edges, two of which have been backed with tape. Dance 131. Item #46604
With twenty full page illustrations by Lynd Ward, ten in full-color, ten printed in black. From the dust jacket- "In the minds of some people the history of Negro Americans begins with chained men in slave ships and ends with field hands in the South or Pullman porters in the North. The important role, sometimes tragic, often heroic, played by Negroes in our history is omitted. The great contributions being made by Negro men and women today are ignored. Mrs. Swift's sensitive words and Lynd Ward's dramatic paintings, illustrating each page of text, create in 'North Star Shining' the whole picture."