New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. First edition. A Near Fine book in Good only jacket, with a bit of sunning along the top edges of the front and rear boards. Internally with a bit of toning and faint marginal markings, but overall clean and retaining bright color to the illustrations. Jacket delicate and generally soiled, with loss to paper along top edges and of front and rear panels affecting text, and general wear, snagging, and chipping along joints and flaps.
Miguel Covarrubias is best remembered as a celebrity caricaturist whose artwork impressed Dorothy Parker and her Algonquin companions, and won him a position at Vanity Fair that led him to success. "Covarrubias became involved with the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, both personally and professionally. He illustrated the Weary Blues for Langston Hughes, who declared that Covarrubias was 'the only artist I know whose Negro things have a Blues touch about them.' In 1927, Covarrubias published Negro Drawings, which drew on his observations of Harlem and its residents" with special emphasis on exaggerated dance movements and musical motion; indeed, Countee Cullen praised "this young Mexican's...success in capturing the illusion of motion" (Nadell). Near Fine in Good dust jacket. (Item #4803)