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Image for The Underground Rail Road: A Record Of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating The Hardships, Hair-breadth Escapes, And Death Struggles Of The Slaves In Their Efforts for Freedom ...

The Underground Rail Road: A Record Of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c., Narrating The Hardships, Hair-breadth Escapes, And Death Struggles Of The Slaves In Their Efforts for Freedom ...

By: Still, William

Price: $6,500.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Porter & Coates: 1872

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing

Seller ID: 16793


Frontispiece portrait and 23 other plates, plus text illustrations. iv, 780 pages. Publisher's green, panelled cloth with gilt tiles and decorations. This is the first edition of this monumental study, made all the more valuable as it was written by one of the most active conductors on the Railroad, and written shortly after the Civil War and emancipation. The book was sold by subscription with four variant bindings. This binding is listed on the title page as "Paneled Style, full gilt ... 4.50. This copy has essentially light general edge, corner and surface wear with anticipated aging along ... View more info

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The Barbarism of Slavery: Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner on the Bill for the Admission of Kansas as a Free State

By: Sumner, Hon. Charles

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Thaddeus Hyatt: 1860

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 16047

Condition: Very Good-


Toned, beige newsprint wraps with black titles. Some edge and corner wear with a small chip on back (less than dime-sized) with small amount of advertisement text affected. (Chip is laid in.) Old stain on front that shows up on interior pages but is difficult to differentiate from the general toning of pages. This copy has been professionally tipped together and is in very nice condition despite the problems noted. Sumner's speech on the admission of Kansas was widely printed and reprinted and constitutes a fierce attack on slavery. I have not been able to determine the exact printing history,... View more info

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Jim Crow Museum Innformation Packet

By: Thorp, John P. (director)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Big Rapids, Ferris State University: 2005

Seller ID: 16286

Condition: Near Fine


This is a white folder from the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. The folder has very light wear and is about near fine. In the folder are a letter from Director John P. Thorp, two museum cards, a Xeroxed off-print of an article about the Museum and and a very nice, oblong, 11X8 booklet on the Museum featuring many color illustrations and a very informative text on the mission of the museum to document racism in America's past. ; Color and B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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The Age of Gold (Poems 1968-1970)

By: Torregian, Sotere

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, The Kulchur Foundation: 1976

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16010

Condition: Very Good


White wraps with black titles and photographic images. Some light wear and aging with one small stain on front, bottom left. This was the third book by the Afro-Cuban, surrealist poet. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 128 pages View more info

Image for A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery, in the United States; Proposing National Measures for the Education and Gradual Emancipation of the Slaves, Without Impairing the Legal Privileges of the Possessor; and a Project of a Colonial Asylum for Free People of C

A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery, in the United States; Proposing National Measures for the Education and Gradual Emancipation of the Slaves, Without Impairing the Legal Privileges of the Possessor; and a Project of a Colonial Asylum for Free People of C

By: Torrey, Jesse

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, John Bioren for the Author: 1817

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16572

Condition: Fair


This copy has much wear. See scan. The spine is gone but the binding still holds and the book is square. The Frontispiece and one of the other six engravings are present; the otehr five have been removed.Jesse Torrey was a physician who did personal research and interviews to chronicle the horrors of slavery in the early Republic. This is a first edition of his important work, marred by the removed engravings. ; Engraved Frontispiece and one Engraved Plate ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 94 pages View more info

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Now Is The Time

By: Travis, Maurice E.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Detroit, National Negro Labor Council: 1951

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16427

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pictorial wraps with B&W image and black titles This copy has light wear and ging except for the back wrap which suffered some sort of damage that caused a tear and creasing. This damage has been repaired with clear, almost unnoticeable, tap and a flattening of the creases. Overall this is a solid very good copy. This booklet is the transcript of a speech given by Maurice E. Travis who was the fiery Secretary-Treasure of the United Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, at the founding convention of the National Negro Labor Council. Travis, who lost an eye in an assault by white sup... View more info

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Press Photograph, Civil Rights, Rev. David Blake, Chicago Illinois, Dixmoor

By: United Press International

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Dixmoor, United Press International: 1964

Seller ID: 15801

Condition: Near Fine


This 9X7, B&W press photograph has no discernible wear on the image along with UPI stamps and a handwritten identification on the back. The image is of a meeting of African-Americans on August 19, 1964 at a church in Dixmoor, Illinois (suburb of Chcago) to air grievances over rioting. Relatively early, Civil Rights related image. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Photograph Aunt Fanny's Cabin, Smyrna Georgia

By: Unknown

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Smyrna, Photographer: ca. 1960

Seller ID: 15485

Condition: Very Good+


This is a small, B&W phtograph, (4X3 approx.) of the interior of Aunt Fanny's Cabin, a restaurant in Smyrna, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. I think the photo dates from the 1960's and shows two young African-American boys, entertaining the white patrons with, what looks to be, bongo drums. The photo is in VG condition with only light wear and aging along with some dark staining or residue on the left edge line. Probably a unique image. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info

Image for Negro Advancement Week Handbill, Charles Town West Virginia, 1931

Negro Advancement Week Handbill, Charles Town West Virginia, 1931

By: Unknown

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Charles Town, MT. Zion M. E. Church: 1931

Seller ID: 16387

Condition: Very Good


This is a small handbill/flyer promoting Negro Advancement Week in Charles Town, West Virginia. I have not been able to find any specific information on this event, but West Virginia did have a number of such events sponsored by African-American churches and organizations in the first half of the 20th century. The listed speakers seem to have been connected with black colleges and churches. While this handbill has very light edge and corner wear, there is a good bit of staining or toning. Please see scan. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Sieges & Fortunes of a Trinidadian: In Search of a Doctor's Diploma

By: Valerio, Eusebio Atanasio

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Dewey & Eakins: 1909

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16725

Condition: Good+


Deep green cloth over boards with black titles and decoration. Some edge, corner and surface wear, along with an old ring imprint on the front cover and residue from some substance on the right cente. Book is still square and securely bound.. This is the autobiographical account of Trinidadian, Valerio, and his quest to become a doctor in the United States. This is a rather uncommon book. I find no other copies in the trade and twenty listed in WorldCat. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 48 pages View more info

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Black Starlet

By: Vance, Bobbye B.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1975

Edition: First Edition (?); First Printing

Seller ID: 16760

ISBN: 0870672177

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial wraps with red titles. Light crease vertically down center of spine, and slight slant to spine from reading. Some edge corner and surface wear with evidence of an old dampstain on the bottom right front corner affecting the first 11 pages but not touching the text. The stain does not show on the cover. Binding is secure with no tears or parting. Purportedly, this book is the story of a real black actress, ca. 1970. Holloway House first editions are tricky to identify, even when "First Printing" is stated. In the mid-1970's, the publisher stopped printing "First Printing," adding to t... View more info

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The Southern Workman, June 1905

By: Various

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Hampton, VA, The Hampton Institute: 1905

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16596

Condition: Good+


Stapled beige wraps with darker brown titles. The front wrap was once detached and has much loss on edges. See scan. The wrap has been professionally tipped back on. There is also an embossed stamp on the front for The Western Reserve Historical Society. Overall, the condition is G+ because of damage to the wrap. The Southern Workman was the major publication from the Hampton Institute. Articles on The Richmond Educational Conference, The Indian as Citizen, Arguments for Compulsory Education and many more. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 323-367 pages View more info

Image for Black Times: The National Negro Newsweekly, Vol. 1 No. 9, 23 April 1971

Black Times: The National Negro Newsweekly, Vol. 1 No. 9, 23 April 1971

By: Walker, Theodore (ed.)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Albany, California, Black Times Publishing: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16661

Condition: Very Good


This tabloid-sized newspaper has light age-toning, especially around edges. There is very little wear except for a tear on the horizontal mailing or packing fold in the middle. This tear is almost non-existant on the front but gets slightly longer through the paper until on the next to the last page it is slightly more than an inch. On the very last page, it is about 3 inches. This looks to have been some printer's flaw. It is not particularly noticeable until the last few pages. This news magazine for African-Americans was published in California from 1971 to 1976. It covers a variety of topi... View more info

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Keep a Song in Your Soul

By: Waller, Thomas (Fats) and Alexander Hill

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Joe Davis Inc.: 1930

Edition: First Edition (?)

Seller ID: 16695

Condition: Very Good


This is over-sized (4to) sheet music featuring and image of a woman playing the piano with cherubic children in the background. The art is somewhat cynical, considering that this is a Fats Waller tune. There is some minor edge, corner and surface wear. There has been a small tear on the last page on the bottom edge that has a nice repair with tape. Except for the tear, this would be VG+ to NF. Fats Waller and Alexander Hill sang and worked together in the earlt 1930's. This song, which was played by Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and many other bands, is one of their collaborations. The c... View more info

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Booker T. Washington, Typed Fundraising Letter Signed, Tuskegee letterhead

By: Washington, Booker T.

Price: $650.00

Publisher: Tuskegee, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute: 1898

Seller ID: 16347


One-page, typed letter, signed by Booker T. Washington, on Tuskegee letterhead, with envelope, seeking financial aid from Mr. Sheldon T. Viele of Buffalo, NY. The letter has mailing folds and age-toning but is otherwise close to near fine. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Some like it Dark : the Intimate Autobiography of a Negro Call Girl

By: Washington, Kipp (as told to Leo Guild)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1966

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 11802

Condition: Very Good+


Color, pictorial wraps (photo of black woman) with very light edge and corner wear. Some sort of very light soiling on back; at first I thought it was just part of the design. Spine is neither cracked nor creased. Book is square and securely bound. Close to near fine. Very attractive copy. Holloway House books are often tricky to identify but this is a stated first from 1966 with the number HH-122. Holloway House used HH numbers only in the 1960's. This book initiated Holloway House into the urban black market. At the time (1966) the company had been publishing a variety of subjects most of wh... View more info

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Eyewitness: Peekskill U.S.A. Aug. 27; Sept. 4, 1949

By: Westchester Committee for a Fair Inquiry Into the Peekskill Violence

Price: $125.00

Publisher: White Plains, Westchester Committee for a Fair Inquiry Into the Peekskill Violence: 1949

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16413

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, gray wraps with white titles. Some light edge and corner wear, mainly small scuffs from use along with light toning/soiling. Still square and securely bound, an attractive copy. Back cover features a statement by Paul Robeson. After a Robeson concert in Westchester County, NY, attendees were violently attacked by white mobs with what appeared to be the blessing of the police who simply watched the events. Robeson's Communist sympathies along with racism appeared to be the motivations for the attack. This booklet, aimed at seeking justice, includes a full account of the incident along ... View more info

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Biography and Achievements of the Colored Citizens of Chattanooga -- 1904

By: White, J. Bliss (compiler)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Signal Mountain, Mountain Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 16703

Condition: Very Good+


Book has only light, general wear. About near fine. This is a reprint of the very scarce original of this book on African-American citizens in Chattanooga, Tennessee, written in 1904. The book,a reprint, is valuable for the information on African-Americans in Chattanooga at the turn of the 20th century, but it is also of some interest because of the Introduction by an unidentified person with the initials W. E. L. This Introduction lays out a strong, antiracist ( in the sense of that word as used by Irram X. Kendi) line of thought arguing that the black citizens of Chattanooga are in all ways ... View more info

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Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire

By: White, Shane

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2015

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16687

ISBN: 1250070562

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


Book and jacket are as new and unused. This is a well-written biography of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, a black man, who became America's first black millionaire. The story of this part genius, part rogue makes for a fun and important read. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 360 pages View more info

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A Century of Fiction by American Negroes, 1853-1952

By: Whiteman, Maxwell

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Press of Maurice Jacobs: 1955

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16235

Condition: Very Good


Book is square and securely bound. It has light overall wear and aging, a solid very good copy. Well-done bibliography of 100 years of fiction by African-Americans. Concludes with a brief list of books that have been wrongly classidied in other souces as African-American fiction. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 64 pages View more info

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Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till Story

By: Wideman, John Edgar

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Scribner: 2017

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 16382

ISBN: 1501147293

Condition: Near Fine


Book is as new except for remainder mark on bottom edge. This is John Edgar Wideman's attempt to discover/uncover the life of Louis Till, the father of Emmett Till. Louis Till was executed during World War II for committing rape and murder. In this unusual volume, Wideman pieces together a story that links father and son. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 193 +Interview pages View more info

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The Crusader, March 1968, Vol. 9 No.4

By: Williams, Robert F.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Peking, Robert F. Williams: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16419


Stapled, off-white newsprint, self-wraps with black titles and B&W drawing/cartoon illustration. Some light wear and aging along with an old diagonal crease on the rear wraps and a light ding to the bottom right corner. This issue is in the VG to VG+ range, still square and securely bound. An attractive copy. This issue of Robert Williams' The Crusader states that it was published in China while he was "IN EXILE". Williams had worked actively for Civil Rights in Monroe, North Carolina, beginning as President of the local NAACP. Over time he became more and more radicalized until he fle... View more info

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Pictorial Album: Pyramid Club, Philadelphia Pa. 1947-48

By: Wilson, Samuel E. (ed.)

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, The Pyramid Club: 1947

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15871

Condition: Very Good


Large, stapled, yearbook/magazine with photo of African-American woman in B&W and an orange pyramid and desert in background. Titles are in black and white. There is some edge, corner and surface wear. There was also a dampstain long ago on the right front edge slightly above center. It affects about forty interior pages to a lighter and lighter degree. Not particularly noticeable. The album is square and securely bound. The Pyramid Club was a black business club in Philadelphia from 1937 to 1963. This album shows club members in various activities and shows a side of African-American life in ... View more info

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Great Negro Baseball Stars and How They Made the Major Leagues

By: Young, A. S. Doc

Price: $90.00

Publisher: New York, A. S. Barnes and Company: 1953

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13304

Condition: Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket


Gray cloth with green titles on spine. Very light, general wear with some interior toning and smalled pulled area (scuff) on front pastedown. Square and securely bound. Jacket has edge, corner and surface wear with small chips. Price-clipped. Still attractive. In Mylar. "Doc" Young was an African-American sportswriter and Hollywood publicist. This is an exceptional survey of the first black ballplayers in the major leagues. It was written only five years after the major leagues were integrated.; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 248 pages; View more info