First edition of Daily Resolves, the first book from Booker T. Washington, published in 1896.
Twelvemo, [18pp]. White cloth, chromolithographed boards, title in gilt on cover. Some soiling to boards, loss of cloth at spine. Ownership notation on front free endpaper. Frontispiece, chromolithographed plates with vibrant illustrations. This work is unpaginated, but complete with 18 individual pages. Printed in Bavaria and designed in England, part of the Gem Series. (Harlan 14, xi) A very good example of this scarce work by Booker T. Washington.
Daily Resolves was the first book published by Booker T. Washington and began a pattern of producing luxury items for white patrons. This book was largely unknown to black intellectuals of the time. Books destined for black audiences, such as Progress of a Race and A New Negro for a New Century, were bound in cloth and lack the artistry and ornamentation of this volume. (Bieze, page 98)