1932 The Adventures of the Black Girl in her search for God
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Early Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
A curious collection of short stories from playwright, polemicist and political activist George Bernard Shaw. The title tale is a satirical allegory relaying the experiences of an African girl newly converted to Christianity.
Featuring pictorial endpapers and illustrated vignettes from wood engraver John Farleigh, specially commissioned by the author.
The work caused controversy when released due to the religious, sexual and racial themes within the writing, and the wood engravings that compliment these themes. Shaw exacerbated the general furore by proposing intermarriage of the black and white population as a solution to racial problems in South Africa. This was taken as a bad joke in Britain, and as blasphemy in Nazi Germany.
The second impression of this illustrated edition, released in the same month as the first impression. The book was first published in 1932, as 'Short Stories, Scraps and Shavings'. In December 1932 Constable and Company published this engraved edition, under the new title.
With a former owner's inscription, dated 11.12.32, to a front endpaper.
In the publisher's original pictorial paper covered boards. Light shelf wear to back strip head and tail, resulting in small losses to paper. Former owner's inscription to front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean, with the odd spot.
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