First Edition. Very Good. Item #5442
New York: American Book Company, 1934. First Edition. Octavo. 171 pages. Frontis; black and white portraits throughout. Text in French and English. Includes vocabulary, notes, and suggested questions and exercises. Dark grey cloth with gilt to spine and front cover.
In Le Noir, Mercer aimed to provide students and teachers of French material from 29 French authors concerning black history. From author's preface, the "wealth of material on the subject of the colored man in French literature," is here compiled and Mercer includes, "political speeches on the subject of slavery, articles concerning Negroes of distinction, excerpts of stories by Daudet, Voltaire, Lori and others... a Marseillaise Noire, etc."
A native of Washington, DC, Mercer was a professor at the University of Haiti and Howard University, and served as United States Ambassador to Gambia, Senegal, and Niger in the 1960s.
Boards moderately scuffed. Frayed at spine ends and corners bumped and cracked. Binding is sound and pages clean and unmarked.