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The Story Of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Scottish-born author Helen Bannerman for her children while her family was living in India. The story of a young Indian boy who outsmarts four tigers that threaten to eat him has been noted a controversial with its publication in the United States, accused of presenting racist overtones, primarily because of its illustrations. However, many “American editions” were pirated versions, lacking Bannerman’s name on the title page, that were reillustrated, producing degrading caricatures. 

First Edition Identification

On October 31, 1899, The Story of Little Black Sambo was first published by Grant Richards as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. The book was an instant success, running to four editions in its first year.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Frederick A. Stokes of New York published the first US edition of Bannerman’s The Story of Little Black Sambo in 1900. After the story was reproduced in many pirated versions, Stokes moved to affix the line “The Only Authorized American Edition” to its 1923 edition to maintain some kind of distinction in the marketplace.

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The Story of Little Black Sambo

The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Helen Bannerman

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Published
1918
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Decorative Cloth
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Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1918. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. A VERY EARLY EDITION IN ITS ORIGINAL PICTORIAL DUSTJACKET(!!). Published by Henry Altemus of Philadelphia as part of its "Wee Books for Wee Folks" series, the publication date can be pinned down conclusively between 1918-1921 but not more specifically than that. Dustwrappers earlier than this on editions of "Little… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo.; The Dumpy Books for Children, No. 4
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The Story of Little Black Sambo.; The Dumpy Books for Children, No. 4

by BANNERMAN, Helen

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Sixth
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1901
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London: Grant Richards, 1901. Sixth. hardcover. Bannerman, Helen. 27 color illustrations. [14], 113 pages consisting of 56 single-sided pages, with text pages facing the illustrations so there are back-to-back blanks throughout. 16mo, pale green cloth with decorative stripes (cloth fingered and spine browned; inner hinges partially cracked but holding; several pages with minor staining). London: Grant Richards, 1901. Sixth… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo [ THE NEW ANIMATED LITTLE BLACK SAMBO WITH PICTURES THAT ACTUALLY MOVE! ]
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The Story of Little Black Sambo [ THE NEW ANIMATED LITTLE BLACK SAMBO WITH PICTURES THAT ACTUALLY MOVE! ]

by Bannerman, Helen; Wiese, Kurt (Illustrator)

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First Edition Thus
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1933
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Hardcover
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Garden City Publishing , 1933. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Very Good. Illustrated in color with twenty-seven full page illustrations, plus endpaper illustrations, by Kurt Wiese. These includes 4 movable plates with jointed characters operated by tabs. These "animations" were created by A. V. Warren. This book is in remarkably well preserved condition. There is an inscription to Paul… Read more about this item
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

by Bannerman, Helen

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1947
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Published by Graham Watson Limited, 1947. Hardback. Good/Fair/Poor. Illustrated by Bannerman, Helen. Almost very good condition in a poor dustwrapper. Small format. Blue pictorial boards. Delightful colour illustrations of the little black boy and his Mammie. A very scarce edition, the only edition published by Watson. Wear to cover edges. Marks to front cover. Inscription in ink to… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

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Used - Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hin
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First edition
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1899
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Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo
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London: Grant Richards, 1899. First edition. Illustrated with 27 full-page engravings after drawings by the author, printed in color by Edmund Evans. 1 vols. 16mo. Original light green cloth ruled and lettered in dark green. Contemporary owner's signature dated Nov 1 1899 on title. Front hinge repaired, some rubbing and soiling of covers, a few spots in margins. Overall,… Read more about this item
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Story of Little Black Sambo, The

Story of Little Black Sambo, The

by Bannerman, Helen

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1st
Published
1931
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Hardcover
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Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1931. 1st. Hardcover. Good/None. 59 pages. Hardcover with chipped pictorial boards. Previous owner's markings on a few pages, end papers. Pages 39-42 have chunk torn from pages on bottom about an inch wide. Record # 354257
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946

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2nd Amer. ed
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1904
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Hardcover
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New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1904. 2nd Amer. ed. Hardcover. Very Good. color illustrations, v, 55p. Original cloth-backed boards with oval color illustration mounted on front cover inside a black oval with title and author printed in black above and below illustration. 15cm. Text and illustrations printed on one side only; text generally on right side (except for… Read more about this item
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

by Bannerman, Helen.

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Used - Very fine; entirely clean and unworn in moderately edgeworn jacket. The quality of the illustrations is very good; crisp with we
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Early reprint
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nd (circa 1936)
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New York: Frederick A. Stokes, nd (circa 1936). Early reprint. Very fine; entirely clean and unworn in moderately edgeworn jacket. The quality of the illustrations is very good; crisp with well-defined colors . Original red cloth with color pictorial pastedown label on front board, 5.75 x 4.25 inches; frontispiece, ii-iv, [1], 56 pp., text and illustrations printed on… Read more about this item
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

by BANNERMAN. HELEN.;

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1935
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Chatto & Windus. London.,1935. Reprint. Small 4to.(9.3 x 7 inches). 27 full colour plates, each with a page of text opposite. Small area of loss to the bottom corner of one page and a few pages with tears into the margins, without any loss to the page. Overall a very good clean copy which has recently been finely bound… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo [with] The Story of Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin
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The Story of Little Black Sambo [with] The Story of Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Bannerman, Helen (ill John R Neill)

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Early Printing
Published
1908
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Chicago : Reilly and Britton Co , 1908 . Early Printing . Fair . 12MO . With the Reilly and Britton imprint rather than the later Reilly and Lee. This copy lists 14 titles in the Childrens Red Book series and has ads at rear for OZ books going up to The Emerald City of Oz, thus dating… Read more about this item
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO
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THE STORY OF LITTLE BLACK SAMBO

by Helen Bannerman

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1966
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London: Chatto & Windus, 1966. Spiral_bound. Good. 63p. A spiralbound book with cardboard covers. Good condition overall. Edges rubbed, corners crinkled, and dark discoloration on front cover. Text unmarked and binding tight. Vintage edition of the controversial children's story, with a stereotypical Golliwog-like depiction of Little Black Sambo. This edition originally came with a paper doll of Sambo;… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo [The Only Authorized American Edition]
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The Story of Little Black Sambo [The Only Authorized American Edition]

by Bannerman, Helen

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Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, no date. Hardcover. Very good+/Very good+. Black stamped red cloth boards in dust jacket, small octavo, illustrated in color. Book has mild edgewear to spine ends and corners, gentle rubbing, binding tight, text clean and unmarked. DJ rubbed and toned, $1.75 on front flap.
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

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1931
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Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1931. Hardcover. Good. David McKay Company, Philadelphia. 1931. Copyright by Howard E. Altemus. Introduction by George C. Harvey. Hardcover, no dust jacket. Good condition. Red cloth cover with pictorial paste-down. Cloth faded and frayed at spine. Significant edge wear at corners. Pages all present and intact. Inscription on front page. Shelf 2
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Little Black Sambo:  Animated Edition

Little Black Sambo: Animated Edition

by Bannerman, Helen

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Published
1933
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Hardcover
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Garden City, New York: Garden City Publishing Co Inc, 1933. Clean with light soiling to the covers. Mustard colored boards with a full color paste-down of Little Black Sambo and the tiger on the front. Shaken. Spine is worn and cover has a cut mark Small name stamp on the inside of the front cover and on the… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Helen Bannerman

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New
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Hardback
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9781557094148
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Story of Little Black Sambo
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Story of Little Black Sambo

by BANNERMAN, Helen

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1899
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London: Grant Richards, 1899. First edition. Sixteenmo (4 7/8 x 3 inches; 124 x 75 mm). viii, 57, [1, blank], [1, printer's imprint], [1, blank] pp. Twenty-seven full-page illustrations by the author, engraved on wood and color-printed by Edmund Evans. No. 4 of The Dumpy Books for Children. Original pale green cloth lettered and stamped in dark green… Read more about this item
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Story of Little Black Sambo

Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

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1927
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Boards
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Newark: Charles E. Graham, 1927. Boards. Good. L. S.. Wide 12mo, pp. unnumbered, color plates, b/w illus. Covers heavily rubbed and worn with some loss at edges and corners, previous owner name and ink stamp to front free endpaper and title page, a few faint pencil scribbles to front pastedown, finger marks to a few page margins.
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The Story of Little Black Sambo: The Only Authorized American Edition

by Bannerman, Helen

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Edition
Reprint
Published
1946
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Red Cloth
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Philadelphia / New York : J. B. Lippincott Company, 1946. Reprint . Red Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. Color Plates. 56 Pp. No Date In Book But After 1937. Long Blurb On Rear Panel Of Dust Jacket From May Becker's 1946 "First Adventures In Reading".No Isbn. A Bright Clean Fine Example In Near Fine Dust Jacket, Price Clipped At… Read more about this item
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Bannerman, Helen

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First Thus
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2003
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9781929766550
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N. Y.: Handprint Books, 2003. Book. Illus. by Bing, Christopher. Fine. First Thus. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Fine, unread copy, in a fine jacket..
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The Story of Little Black Sambo

by Helen Bannerman

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First Bing-illustrated edition
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2003
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Color pictorial boards
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BANNERMAN, Helen. The Story of Little Black Sambo. Illustrations by Christopher Bing. Brooklyn: Handprint, 2003. 4to, [28]pp. Color pictorial boards. Color pictorial endpapers; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the artist, Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Bing, on the facsimile bookplate printed on the endpaper. First Bing-illustrated edition. This award-winning reimagining of Bannerman's… Read more about this item
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