The Thompson Street Poker Club from 'LIFE' and other Sketches Illustrated.
New York: MItchell & Miller, 1884. First edition. Pamphlet. A stereotypical portrayal of urban African Americans as buffoons possessed of much more self-assurance than intelligence. The story emerges from a weekly poker game, with conversations that reveal the misconceptions and misunderstandings that define the genre.
Slim 8vo, 62pp, printed paper wrappers, spine chipped, lacking at foot with15 full-page and 5 smaller b&w wood-engraved illustrations from drawings by E.W. Kemble, the year before he illustrated "Huckleberry Finn". Pen on front cover, covers dusty, internally clean. OCLC: 12163587. Otherwise very good condition. Item #27694