The Little Black Sambo – Helen Bannerman (Illus. Eulalie) 1926 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Helen Bannerman
  • Publisher: The Platt & Munk Co., 1926
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Illustrated

First edition thus, first printing. One of the most famous Black Americana book, later censored. Delightfully illustrated by Eulalie. This illustrated edition by Eulalie became a classic and a definitive illustrated edition of the Little Black Sambo. Reprinted a dozen of times. Binding tight, board slightly toned, internally bright, unmarked. A Near Fine copy of this classic. Rare First edition in this condition.

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Sambo is a black boy who encounters four hungry tigers who demand that he surrender his colorful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella or they say they will eat him. What will poor Sambo do? This story has been a children’s favorite for over a century. First written in 1899, it has become a childhood classic.

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