Up from Slavery. With an Introduction by Booker T. Washington III and Illustrations by Denver Gillen. [Limited Editions Club; signed by Gillen]
Illustrated edition of Up from Slavery, Black educator and race leader Booker T. Washington’s critically acclaimed autobiography, first published in 1901 and translated into 18 languages.
Washington writes about being born into slavery in Virginia and describes the foundation of the influential Black school in Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute. “The account of Washington’s struggles and successes [in Up from Slavery] which he achieved through persistence and self-reliance was influential in interesting men like Andrew Carnegie and Henry H. Rogers in Tuskegee. Royalties from the book were also a source of income for the school.” (DANB) A superior copy retaining is original glassine dust jacket and with the accompanying publisher’s sales literature.
This 1970 edition is handsomely bound and embellished with 12 full-page illustrations by artist Denver Gillen (1914–1975). The edition is limited to 1500 copies signed by Gillen.
Description: Up from Slavery. With an Introduction by Booker T. Washington III and Illustrations by Denver Gillen. [Limited Editions Club; signed by Gillen]
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1970. Frontispiece, xiv, , [1–2], 3–212, pp +  color plates. L.E.C. #484 of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator. Sm. 4to. Publisher’s three-quarter cloth with paper-covered boards and gilt spine label, glassine dust jacket, and slipcase with printed spine label. Publisher’s four-page monthly newsletter about the book and publisher’s one-page book production and shipping notice laid in. Near Fine in Near Fine slipcase.