First Edition The Homesteader by Oscar Micheaux

MICHEAUX, Oscar (1884-1951). The Homesteader. Sioux City, Iowa: Western Book Supply Company, 1917.

8vo (134 x 292 mm). Tissue guarded frontispiece and additional plates. (Small dampstain affecting lower right corner) Maroon cloth with gilt titles and frame (near fine, mild corner bumps).

FIRST EDITION. The third novel of Micheaux tells the semi-autobiographical story of Jean Baptiste, a black pioneer, and his complicated relationships with women, critically exploring early 20th-century race relations. The novel gained the attention of Lincoln Motion Picture Company, however, when negotiations fell through, Micheaux founded the Micheaux Film & Book Company of Sioux City in Chicago and produced and directed the film of the same name himself. Now lost, the 1919 silent film is considered the first feature-length movie by a black director and was the film debut of pioneering actress Evelyn Preer (1896-1932). Uncommon.


Near fine, mild corner bumps, small dampstain affecting lower right corner.

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