New York: Doubleday & Company, 1972. Second Edition. Original pictorial dust jacket, full pictorial cloth with images identical to dust jacket. Octavo (21.5 cm.) 120 pp.
Very short scratch to top left of front dust jacket, very short crease to top of front jacket panel (barely perceptible). Some minor scuffing to jacket. Overall, a fine example of a book that might have been easily soiled. Binding tight and book sturdy. A terrific copy. Fine. Item #5
Artist, Romare Bearden and writer, Harry Henderson, collaborated on this book of these short, yet precise, biographies of six African-American artists. These six artist, carefully chosen for their mastery of genres, span the breadth of African-American Art beginning from its emergence (Joshua Johnston) to the then, contemporary moment (Jacob Lawrence). Zenith Books, a subsidiary of Doubleday, was launched in 1965 with the purpose of publishing supplemental school material for under served minority groups, hoping to encourage respect and appreciation of the wider diaspora of American heritage. The clear intention of "6 Black Masters of American Art" is to both teach and encourage art appreciation and to specifically imprint upon young readers the contributions of African-American artist to art history.
Inscribed by co-author, Romare Bearden, "For Ben, Romare"