Very Good. Item #13160
Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Imprimerie de l'Etat, 1937. Second Edition. Octavo; publisher's printed card wrappers; xviii,,320pp.; text printed in double columns throughout. Minor wear and some toning to wrapper extremities, especially along spine, paper label affixed along bottom margin of front cover "Couronné par l'Académie Française / Prix de la Langue Française / 1937." Inscribed and signed on dedication page: "Hommage de l'auteur à Monsieur Omer [sic] Gayne, Attaché Culturel à l'Ambassade des Etats-Unis de l'Amérique, en témoignage de sympathie. Port-au-Prince, le 3 Févr. 1952 / Jules Faine." With Homer Gayne's ownership rubber-stamp to front cover.
One of the earliest and, at the time, most influential studies of the Creole language by merchant/scholar Jules Faine (1880-1958). In a letter composed the year the first edition appeared, in 1936, Zora Neale Hurston described the work and Faine as "a savant who has made an analytical study of the Haiti[a]n dialect and traced every word to its source beside including Haiti[a]n folk-tales." Interestingly, but rather unrelatedly, Faine's daughter Simone Ovide (a.k.a. Mama Doc) married François "Papa Doc" Duvalier in 1939, serving as the country's First-Lady for Life from 1957 until her son was ousted in 1986.