231 : Building your Library # 2

British high society heiress Nancy Cunard was active in Negrophile work in the 1920s and 1930s, with several publications including Negro: an Anthology which she edited in 1934. A massive – over 800 pages – and far-ranging book, stocks were destroyed due to enemy action in the 1940s but an abridged version has been published. Closely associated, in France, with African American pianist Henry Crowder, her biographer Anne Chisholm used Crowther’s typescript memoirs in her Nancy Cunard (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1979, hardback; Penguin, 1981, paperback). Crowther’s memoir As Wonderful as all That? was published by Wild Trees Press of Navarro, California in 1987. It was a 200 page paperback with the illustrations used by Chisholm. Used copies were available in February 2020 at £26.00.

THIS WEBSITE CONCENTRATES ON BRITAIN, AND THE BLACK PRESENCE 1830-1930. MANY PUBLICATIONS WITH STRANDS OF BLACK BRITISH HISTORY CAN BE OVERLOOKED AS THEY WERE CLASSIFIED AS ‘AFRICAN’, ‘AFRICAN-AMERICAN’ AND ‘CARIBBEAN’. THE BUILDING YOUR LIBRARY PAGES PICK BOOKS PUBLISHED IN THE 20TH CENTURY WHICH ARE STILL AVAILABLE, AS USED COPIES, THROUGH WEBSITES SUCH AS ABE BOOKS. PRICES INDICATED IN THESE PAGES ARE FROM SUCH SITES, AND EXCLUDE POSTAGE. THE REDUCTION IN SECOND-HAND BOOKSHOPS AND MODERN COMPUTER-AIDED CATALOGUES SUGGEST THAT THOSE SEEKING TO BUILD THEIR OWN LIBRARIES MIGHT BENEFIT FROM BUILDING YOUR LIBRARY PAGES. 

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