Second Edition of The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Manual, published in 1940, by the African American entrepreneur and first female self-made millionaire in America, Madam C.J. Walker.
Octavo, -287pp, . Publisher’s blue cloth, heavy rubbing to cloth, fraying at spine, some loss to title on spine, hinges starting. A well-used textbook, stable text block, occasional dog-eared pages, but free of any marks or notations. Hundreds of black and white illustrations, some photographs. A scarce example of this work, with only 6 known copies of the first edition and no known copies of the second.
The first edition of The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Manual was published in 1928 by The Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, died in 1919, but her company continued to operate until 1981. The Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, was incorporated in 1910 by its namesake and sold African-American cosmetic and hair care products. It was one of the most financially successful minority-owned businesses of the 20th century.