London: Chatto & Windus, 1969. Helen Bannerman. 17th printing. Spiral Bound. 58 pp. Octavo. [22.5 cm]. Spiral bound with illustrated wraps. Previous owner's children's markings on page 15, rendering it somewhat defective. Toning to edges of page block. Some scuffing to covers and some tearing to back cover. Previous owner's inscription penned on front paste down. Very good. Item #61777
Aged depictions of a black child named Little Sambo accompany a story about a duel with a tiger and a meal with his mother. Little Sambo cut out figure missing. Though heralded as a radical depiction of a black hero when it came out, 20th century analysis has revealed racist depictions of the characters, most notably Langston Hughes calling it a "pickaninny" storybook which uses common slurs for the character's names.