New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1971. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board blindstamped, photo-illustrated endpapers, original dust jacket titled in white.
First printing of Israeli-Armenian-American fashion photographer Tcholakian's celebration of black women, with 140 stunning black-and-white plates of women and girls ranging from age eight to 99. Subjects include: Shirley Chisolm, Ruby Dee, Fannie Lou Hammer, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Marian Anderson, Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, and many more. "[B]ehold the Black woman. Not only as she is revealed in these extraordinary photographs but as she lives and breathes in her anonymous self, in this world and in this time" (from the introduction by Armenian-American writer Saroyan). Co-designed by celebrated type and graphic designer Lubalin and photographer/filmmaker von Schaewen. Corners bumped, occasional spotting to margins; moderate rubbing to black dust jacket, light chipping to spine tail. Very good. Item #1011