New York: The Viking Press, 1955.
First Edition. Hardcover. Offered here is an admittedly worn but sound and solid first printing, complete with dust jacket, of the last published book, already prepared for publication at the time of his death, of Walter Francis White (1893–1955), civil rights activist, journalist, novelist, and leader of the NAACP for over 25 years, whose work as an undercover agent for the NAACP in the 1920s investigating lynchings, race riots, and the KKK in Florida, Georgia, and Arkansas as well as his program of legal challenges to racial segregation and disfranchisement made him an icon of civil rights activism in his time. In this, his final published work, White reflects on the progress he worked for and witnessed in his lifetime, with a foreword by Ralph J. Bunche, decolonization and civil rights activist and the first Black Nobel laureate, who writes here: "This is dynamic history written by a man who was one of the most dynamic figures of our time."
8 5/8" X 5 7/8". xii, 244pp. Moderate wear to unclipped dust jacket designed by Robert Hallock, with creasing, chipping, and small tears to edges and extremities, particularly at bottom edges of rear panel and tail of spine. Bound in very light green cloth over boards, with spine lettered in dark blue. Mild wear to binding, with rubbing to bottom corners and gentle bumping to head and tail of spine. Slight lean to spine and one gathering proud; binding remains quite firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Good / good. Item #12399