Destination Information: George Davis' International Readers Collection
Benton, Jermine, Black Enterprise
George Davis loves to travel. But traveling is about much more than just experiencing a new destination; it's about exploring the rich histories and cultures of the places he visits. A senior vice president of Technicolor Network Services for the Americas, Davis, 48, owns an illustrious collection of more than 1,000 historical books and literature he's gathered during his travels around the world. More than 10 years ago, he began collecting books with dust jackets, leather bond or bounded books, and signed first editions.
"I traveled a lot, and I noticed a companion of mine collected Chinese art and artifacts," he explains. "I figured that I needed a hobby because I was visiting all these great countries and needed something to remember these places later on."
His first treasures were inspired by his adventures in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. And his favorite book; the two-volume first edition of Through the Dark Continent, which chronicles Henry Stanley's travels through Africa in the 1870s. "It started me on my journey," Davis recalls, noting the historical significance of such books, which he said influenced readers who formed negative perceptions about African and Asian cultures.
As a result, Davis was inspired to also collect the literature of prominent, politically minded African American leaders and entertainment figures. …