Little Black Sambo


Author: Helen Bannerman

Illustrator: Fern Bisel Peat

BANNERMAN, Helen. Little Black Sambo. Illustrated in color by Fern Bisel Peat. Sandusky, OH: Prang Company [1946]. 4to, [20]pp. Color pictorial wrappers. 5 full-page color lithographs and b&w illustrations on all other pages. All edges lightly worn, ½” closed tear at top of front, else an internally clean, bright copy of this fragile book.

“Deluxe edition.” A charmingly illustrated edition of Bannerman’s tale by Fern Bisel Peat, best known for her distinctive pastel paintings that brought delight to a generation across hundreds of children’s books in the 1930’s-50’s. The vibrant pastels are a wonderful highlight of this remarkably crisp copy. Adding to the fun, this copy has “Shaub’s Shoe Shop/Children’s Department/Lancaster, PA” stamped on the inside cover. Whether this copy was sold by them or given away as a promotion is anyone’s guess.