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Bannerman, Helen

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  • Bannerman, Helen
  • The Story of Little Black Sambo. London: Grant Richards, 1899
  • Paper
32mo (123 x 74mm.), FIRST EDITION, 27 coloured illustrations by the author, original green cloth with striped design in green, collector's green chemise and slipcase by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, neat ownership inscription to front free endpaper, endpapers slightly spotted, pp.17-20 coming slightly loose


see Osborne p.324

Catalogue Note

Bannerman's most famous story was written on the two day journey from the hill station of Kodaikanal to Madras as a means of entertaining the author's two young daughters. While she never intended the tale and her accompanying watercolour illustrations to be published, a friend took the story to London and sold it to the editor E.V. Lucas. The book was immediately successful, and appeared in the United States only a year later. Bannerman however, having effectively sold the copyright, received no royalties beyond the initial price of £5 the publisher had paid for the book.