PLANTATION BIRD LEGENDS, M. Young, 1st/1st, Ill. JM Conde 1902 African American
PLANTATION BIRD LEGENDS by Martha Young ~ First Edition / First Printing; Illustrated by J.M. Conde, 1902 ~ African American Folk Tales, Scarce
Publisher: R.H. Russell Publisher, New York (1902)
A very scarce book on African American children's folk tales by Martha Young, from the Old South in a first edition, first printing from 1902. The book is beautifully illustrated by J.M. Conde, who was a highly noted illustrator for African American subject matter through the use of humanizing animals during the early 20th century's "Golden Age" of illustration. He is best known for his illustrations of the Uncle Remus books by Joel Chandler Harris. The boards and binding are solid and tight, with little shelf-wear. The pages and illustrations are crisp and clean save for previous owner's inscription on the first blank page. Please see below for more information on J.M. Conde!
Biography: J.M. Conde Illustrator
J. M. Condé was an early 20th century "golden age" book illustrator and comic strip artist best known for his ink and watercolor illustrations for books by Joel Chandler Harris and Albert Bigelow Paine. He also worked on at least two comic strips, one of which was derived from Harris's "Br'er Rabbit" stories.
Condé illustrated the "Hollow Tree" books of Albert Bigelow Paine and some of Joel Chandler Harris's "Uncle Remus" stories, as well as books by Martha Strudwick Young and Aesop's Fables. Like some other illustrators of the day, Condé attempted to show animals as if drawn from life, though he also followed the 'humanizing' line of traditional animal fables and usually clothed his animal characters in trousers and coat or shirt, and sometimes shoes as well.