The Harlem Book of the Dead.
Modern photographic classic, The Harlem Book of the Dead visually documents and offers poignant commentary on African American mourning rites. With striking photographs by James Van Der Zee (1886–1983) and poetry by Owen Dodson (1914–1983); foreword by later Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison (1931–2019). Photographs and poems “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 temporal and spiritual values.” (publisher’s commentary)
Description: The Harlem Book of the Dead.
Dobbs Ferry, New York: Morgan & Morgan, (1978). First Edition. 85 pages. Sq. 4to. Publisher’s paper-covered boards. Fine condition in a Very Good dust jacket with short closed tears at head and tail of dust jacket and at lower tips.