BORN TO BE. Taylor Gordon, Muriel Draper, Carl Van Vechten.


Covarrubias. New York: Covici Freide, 1929. First edition. Second issue with dedication tipped in. Introduction by Draper and foreword by Van Vechten, white patrons of the Harlem Renaissance. 10 full-page illustrations by Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias. "Gordon, who has taken America and Europe by storm with his interpretation of Negro spirituals tells his life story." (from the jacket). "BORN TO BE was a remarkable achievement, as Gordon details his rugged upbringing in Montana, recounts many amourous adventures on both sides of the color line, offers blunt commentaries on racial politics, and drops names in copious quantities" (Davis and Foley, HARLEM RENAISSANCE LIVES). Very good to near fine in good, aged dust jacket with darkening to spine and edges, two large chips not affecting any lettering, and splits at folds internally mended with archival tape. Quite scarce.
Item #54675

Price: $400.00