Zipporah. The Maid of Midian. Joshua A. BROCKETT, Inscribed.
Zipporah. The Maid of Midian.
Zipporah. The Maid of Midian.

Zipporah. The Maid of Midian.

Chicago, IL: Privately Printed [ Ustafrican B.P. & D. Co ], 1926. First edition, Inscribed. Hardcover. Large 8vo. 257pp, (v). Original brown cloth with gilt title within gilt border on upper board, gilt title and rules to spine, frontis portrait. This copy inscribed by the author in a shaky hand on the front paste down "A kindly deed is a kernel sown which grows to a goodly tree. Shedding it's fruits when the years have flown, down the gulf of eternity. J. Brockett, the author, Boston 11-2-29". An unusual work by Joshua A. Brockett (Horace Talbert, b. 1853), an African American who studied sculpture in Boston, was a preacher at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA, and state delegate for the first convention of the National Afro-American League in Chicago in 1890, and later Chair of the Cambridge Colored National League. He also belonged to a number of Masonic and Heraldic order. "Zipporah. The Maid of Midian" is a novel set in ancient Egypt, with strong biblical elements, such as Moses, although it would also seem reasonable to draw parallels through the struggle of the oppressed people in his fiction, to those for his own race in contemporary America. The book has some curious appendixes, including a "Table of Divine Curses" and another in which he asks the reader to examine various (named) US politicians and community leaders in the light of "the commanding traits of Moses' character." Spine darkened, cloth lightly rubbed with a few faint spots - mostly to rear board, spine ends and corners bruised and lightly chafed with a bit of light fraying at lower corners, page edges darkened, pages lightly browned, less than a dozen tiny pen marks to text. Still overall a generally clean, VG copy of this scarce unusual title. Item #6706

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