MAMMY PLEASANT'S PARTNER.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Putnam, (1954.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. The second of the author's rather sensationalized and inaccurate biographies dealing with Mary Ellen Pleasant, a light-skinned black woman who became an important figure in early San Francisco history. While this book focuses on her partner Thomas Bell, (who is shown as coming completely under her domination), Pleasant is only now beginning to receive the recognition she deserved for her work in aiding fugitive slaves and as a supporter of John Brown in his failed raid on Harper's Ferry. A lively picture of early San Francisco, but not an unbiased one. Photographs. Brief bibliography. 300 pp.
Condition: Very good condition in pink patterned boards with a black spine in a rather poor dust jacket missing the lower 2 inches on the spine, other tears and chips (still the dj did protect the book somewhat and it is now in an archival cover.) Inscription on front endpaper.