Signed first edition of Chocolate Drops From the South: A Book of Negro Humor and Philosophy by Edmund Valentine White.
Small octavo, 138pp. Orange cloth, title in black on spine. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, faint sunning to top edge, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, no price listed, some rubbing to corners, soiling to bottom of rear panel. A few closed tears, one held shut with archival paste. Illustrations remain clear and visible. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “with best wishes, E.V. White.”
This scarce work is a collection of ethnic humor and racist mores about African Americans in the southern United States. It preceded Senegambian Sizzles: Negro Stories, published by White in 1945.