New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1922). First Edition. Hardcover. "Chosen and edited with an essay on the Negro's Creative Genius" by Johnson who has INSCRIBED and SIGNED the book on the front endpaper: "To Senator Samuel M. Shortridge,/With the sincere admiration of/James Weldon Johnson/November 28,1922." Slight foxing to preliminaries, slight wear to covers with rubbed spot at the heel of the spine and a smaller spot on the front spine edge. Lacking the rare dustwrapper. Very Good or better and scarce when signed. Item #016959
Samuel M. Shortridge was a Republican Senator from California and a descendant of Daniel Boone. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1920, riding Warren G. Harding's post World War I "Return to Normalcy" campaign, and reelected in 1926.