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This Was Harlem, A Cultural Portrait 1900-1950

By: Anderson, Jervis

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus Giroux: 1982

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15597

Condition: Very Good+


This copy has some light edge, corner and surface wear with light diagonal creasing at front corners and two light reading creases on spine. Book is still square and securely bound, a nuice copy of the first softcover edition. This is solid, interesting history of Harlem in its heyday. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 390 pages View more info

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A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States

By: Aptheker, Herbert (Ed.)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: New York, The Citadel Press: 1951

Edition: 1st Edition Stated; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16173

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Brick red cloth with gilt titles on spine. This copy has light, general wear and aging. Signed by Aptheker on the ffep. Thiswas Aptheker's original volume of this work which is a stand alone book that goes from the founding of the country through the 20th century. He would later expand this work into a 7-volume set. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 942 pages; Signed by Aptheker on ffep of volume one. Introduction by W. E. B. DuBois. Aptheker was an important Communist scholar and activist. sold FABA 3.13.16 ; Signed by Author View more info

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

By: Baldwin, James

Price: $2,500.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1953

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15343

Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket


This is a first edition, first printing, signed copy of Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin's first novel. The book has some light edge and corner wear with some light fading on the spine. Former owner's name and address in pencil on ffep along with a short note about a page in text. The book is square and securely bound. Baldwin's signature is on a tipped in page before the half-title. The dust wrapper has some edge and corner wear including small chips and tears -- please see scan. The jacket has been price-clipped with a straight cut at the top of the flap fold. Based on Baldwin's own... View more info

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

By: Baldwin, James

Price: $500.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1953

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15944


This is a nice first edition copy of James Baldwin's first book, Go Tell It on the Mountain in a facsimile dust jacket.The book has almost no edge, corner or surface wear but does have a small stain on the bottom edge and a 4" long triangle cut from the top right corner of the ffep. Former owner's name on small sticker on font pastedown. Book is VG+ to NF with noted problems. Jacket is a very attractive facsimile that is so labelled. This is a solid copy of Go Tell It on the Mountain that will look nice on the shelf. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 303 pages View more info

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The Sidney Poet Heroical

By: Baraka, Amiri

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, I. Reed Books: 1979

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16503

ISBN: 0918408121

Condition: Very Good+


Very light edge and corner wear with some minor loss of color on covers. Square and securely bound. Appears to be unread. Signed by Baraka on the title page. ; Cover Art; Square 4to 9" - 11" tall; 106 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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Kawaida Studies: The New Nationalism

By: Baraka, Imamu Amiri (LeRoi Jones)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Third World Press: 1972

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; 1st Printing, Stated

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16040

Condition: Very Good+


Signed boldly by Baraka on half title page and dated "87." Stapled, yellow wraps with black titles. This copy would be near fine except for light wear at corners and some minor soiling/aging on wraps. This is a collection of six essays by Baraka explaining the philosophy and religion of Kawaida. Essay topics include: technology, women, pan-Africanism, nationalism and values.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 55 pages; Signed by Author View more info

The Church and Slavery

By: Barnes, Albert, Rev.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Parry & McMillan: 1857

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16570

Condition: Very Good


Blindstamped dark brown cloth with gilt titles on spine. Some edge and corner wear with minor damage at spine ends. Small lightened area near top of front edge (see scan), along with expected aging and occasional foxing on interior. This is an especially nice copy. Albert Barnes was a 19th Century Presbyterian linked to the New School in the Old School/New School controversy. Barnes was particularly out raged by slavery and said, "There is no power out of the church that could sustain slavery an hour, if it were not sustained in it." This book is one of his important statements about s... View more info

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Lyrics of the Under World

By: Beadle, S. A.

Price: $650.00

Publisher: Jackson, W. A. Scott, Publisher: 1912

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16120

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Deep green cloth with black titles. It appears to me that the endpapers have been professionally replaced. The book has edge, corner and surface wear with minor wear at spine ends. Some light aging though interior pages on slick stock are still bright. The spine has a very slight roll. The 16 B&W photographs by Richard H. Beadle, the author's son, are all present and are quite well-done. Book is securely bound, a solid VG- to VG. This book is rather uncommon, WorldCat locates, at most, sixteen copies in institutions. The book is of special interest because of the nature of Beadle's poetry. Sa... View more info

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The Sellout

By: Beatty, Paul

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Picador: 2016

Edition: Seventh Printing

Seller ID: 15630

ISBN: 1250083257

Condition: Near Fine


Book has only very light shelf wear. It is square and securely bound with an uncreased and uncracked spine. The Selout is a hilarious novel about a black man in LA, who owns a slave and intends to re-segregate the local schools. This is satire that is seriously funny and also quite serious. The New York Times pucked this novel as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year in 2016. It was also a National Books Critics Circle Award Winner. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 289 pages View more info

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Ten Commandments on Race Relations

By: Bellamy, Guy

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Home Mission Board Southern Baptist Convention: ca. 1955

Seller ID: 16123

Condition: Very Good


Singlefold pamphlet with four pages on slick stock with B&W photograph. Some light wear and light aging, still an attractive copy. This tall, thin pamphlet lists ten ways that Southern Baptists responded to race relations in the 1950's. Among the commandments are statements encouraging civil behavior, thinking of "the Negro as a person," protesting against injustice, and other similar ideas. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 4 pages View more info

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Tamango, Movie Poster

By: Berry, John (dir.)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Brussells, Maurice Panneels: 1958

Seller ID: 16015


15 x 22" poster for the film Tamango. 1958. Linen backed, full sheet 17 x 23 3/4". Dutch painted letters at top indicate when movie is playing. Some tears and chips, visible in photos. Overall the poster is still VG-.The movie starred Dorothy Dandridge and Curd (later Curt) Jurgens. Because of racial events in this French film, it was never shown in the United States or the French colonies. (There is interracial romance, and a violent slave revolt. This was one of Dorothy Dandridge's films that is little-known in this country. This poster came from: A Cinema Apart, or the Beverly and Larry Ri... View more info

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A Commented Bibliography of One Hundred and One Influential Books by and about People of African Descent (1556-1982)

By: Blockson, Charles L.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Amsterdam, A. Gerits and Sons: 1989

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16268

ISBN: 9070775034

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Book and jacket have only very light, general wear. The great African-American collector Charles Blockson here lists and comments on 101 books from his collection. The first edition is somewhat scarce. ; B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 74 pages View more info

Insurgent, Volume 1, Number 1, March-April 1965

By: Bloice, Carl (ed.)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: San Francisco, W. E. B. DuBois Clubs of America: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16101

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, pictorial B&W wraps. Very light general wear and aging; a very attractive copy of the first issue of this magazine published by The W. E. B DuBois Clubs of America. (President Nixon objected to the DuBois Club, calling it a Communist organization that people confused with The Boys Club.) This issue has articles on:The Beatles: Those Lucky Lads from Liverpool; The Blood of Our Brothers, Report from Mozambique; FSM, A New Era; When Negroes Served for the South. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 27 pages View more info

Image for Paul Robeson : korrespondierendes Mitglied der Akademie der Kunste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Grundungsmitglied des Weltfriedensrates, Lenin-Friedenspreis trager

Paul Robeson : korrespondierendes Mitglied der Akademie der Kunste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Grundungsmitglied des Weltfriedensrates, Lenin-Friedenspreis trager

By: Bogelsack, Brigitte (compiler)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Berlin, Akademie der Kunste der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Paul Robeson Komitee der DDR: 1975

Seller ID: 16445

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, toned newsprint wraps with a number of B&W photographs. Except for the toning, particularly along the spine and top edge, this copy would be near fine. It has very little wear. This is an East German imprint (in German) that seems to be a compilation of articles on, and in some cases, by Paul Robeson. Some of them seem to be about visits he made to East Germany while others are about his work for Civil Rights in general. My German is very limited. This booklet seems to be uncommon. This is difficult to look up on WorldCat but there seems to be a minimum of four and no more than ten co... View more info

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Typed Letter, Signed by Julian Bond, to Hy Gardner, Concerning Presidential Campaign, 1975

By: Bond, Julian

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Julian Bond: 1975

Seller ID: 15878

Condition: Near Fine


Typed letter, signed by Civil Rights Leader, Julian Bond. Bond was a co-founder of the Student Non-Violent Co-Ordinating Committee, President of the NAACP and President of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also served twenty years in the Georgia Legislature. This letter, addressed to radio and TV personality, Hy Gardner, discusses Bond's possible run for President in 1975-76. Intriguing content. The letter shows almost no wear or aging. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 1 pages View more info

Image for The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians

The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians

By: Bonner, T. D. (from Beckwourth's narration)

Price: $575.00

Publisher: New York, Harper and Brothers: 1856

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16400

Condition: Very Good


Frontispiece and 12 wood-engraved plates included in the pagination. Original blindstamped cloth with faded spine lettered in gilt. Some edge, corner and surface wear with very minor damage at spine ends. Former owner's name on front pastedown along with very brief notes in pencil on rear pastedown. Book is square and binding secure with no tears or parting except for very short start at bottom of front hinge. Overall, a solid very good copy. Jim Beckwourth (c.1800-1866 or 1867) was an American mountain man, fur trader, and explorer. AnAfrican-American born into slavery in Virginia, he was f... View more info

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Lift Every Voice for Paul Robeson

By: Brown, Lloyd L.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Freedom Associates: 1951

Seller ID: 16441

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled, small deep brown and white pamphlet with drawing of Paul Robeson bound in ropes, like Gulliver, with little men pulling the ropes tight. The pamphlet has almost no wear and may be slightly aged. Near fine. Lloyd Brown was a union organizer. He wrote this pamphlet to protest the US Government's seizure of Paul Robeson's passport because of Robeson's sympathies toward Communism. This pamphlet was also used to raise money for The Provisional Committee to Restore Paul Robeson's Passport. WorldCat locates fewer than 20 copies of this pamphlet. ; Sepia-Toned Drawing; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 14 p... View more info

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The Negro in American Fiction

By: Brown, Sterling A.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Washington DC, The Associates in Negro Folk Education: 1937

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15411

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Light orange cloth over boards with red and black decoration. No titling on spine. No dustjacket, as issued (?). This copy has light general wear and aging along with a small, light smudge on the front, about two-thirds of the way down near the spine and an area of darker smudges on the rear near the top of the spine. Square and securely bound. This book is rather uncommon in hardback. This was one of a series of books issued by The Associates in Negro Folk Education in the late 1930's. Brown is also well-known as a poet. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 209 pages View more info

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Joe Ballard, Salisbury NC, Chairman, Rowan County Republican Executive Committee, Postcard

By: Buerbaum, Thomas

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Salisbury, Thomas Buerbaum: 1908

Seller ID: 16429


This photographic postcard from 1908 has only very light corner wear and aging. It is about near fine -- no tears, creasing or soiling. The card was published by Thomas Buerbaum of Salisbury, NC and was printed in Germany. It is part of the PCK Series. Written by han on the back is, "As there were no white Republicans in this section had to have a negro for chairman." From research I have done, Joe Ballard seems to have been a well-liked town character in Salisbury. He led parades, was a Mason, hung out around town and was for six years Chairman of the Republican Party. This card seems to be f... View more info

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Black History in the Pages of Children's Literature

By: Casement, Rose

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Lanham, The Scarecrow Press: 2008

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16297

ISBN: 0810858436

Condition: Fine


Book is as new and unread. This is an exceptional survey of children's literature that presents accurate pictures of the African-American histroy. For some reason, all copies of this book that I have seen on line list the copyright date as 2007. The book itself and WorldCat list 2008 as the correct date. This is the first edition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 315 pages View more info

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Broadside -- Rockin' The Blues Also Added -- Frances Rafferty in "Curly

By: Center Theatre, Weldon, North Carolina

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Weldon, Benton Card Company: ca. 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15487

Condition: Near Fine


Printed on a newsprint-type paper, that has some age toning along edges and one small tear along the bottom edge, this proadside is in remarkably nice condition. About near fine. It advertises the movie "Rockin' the Blues" The Wanderers, Hal Jackson, Pearl Wood, Linda Hopkins, The Hurricanes and a number of others. The text adds, "It's crazy, man, crazy! Also showing was "Curly" starring Frances Rafferty. "Rockin the Blues came out in 1956, so I assume that is the date of the Broadside. ; B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 1 pages; sold Ken Pellman 3.10.19 View more info

Image for The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Margaret Chandler: with a Memoir of Her Life and Character, by Benjamin Lundy. [bound with] Essays, Philanthropic and Moral, by Elizabeth Margaret Chandler: Principally Relating to the Abolition of Slavery in America

The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Margaret Chandler: with a Memoir of Her Life and Character, by Benjamin Lundy. [bound with] Essays, Philanthropic and Moral, by Elizabeth Margaret Chandler: Principally Relating to the Abolition of Slavery in America

By: Chandler, Elizabeth Margaret (Benjamin Lundy, ed.)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Lemuel Howell: 1836

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16404

Condition: Very Good


Full leather, patterned, with faded gilt titles on red panel on spine.Edge, corner and surface wear with light area of damage at top of spine and rubbed corners. One signature is slightly pulled, but book is square and binding secure. Some interior toning and foxing. Tissue guard on frontispiece present. Solid copy. This is two volumes in one, as, it appears, most copies were. The poems comprise the the first 180 pages followed by 120 pages of essays. Chandler was a Quaker who devoted her life to the cause of abolition in her poetry and essays. Her poem, "The Slave Ship,' brought her national ... View more info

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Nobody: The Story of Bert Williams

By: Charters, Ann

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Albert & Charles Boni: 1970

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16139

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket


Book has very light wear and light aging. Jacket has some edge wear including one very short, closed tear near the top front corner along with some soiling/aging. Book is square and securely bound. This is Ann Charters' biography of Bert Williams, probably the first African-American superstar. Williams was a singer and actor of great renown in the early 20th century. W. C. Fields said of Williams that he was the funniest man he ever knew and the saddest. ; B&W Illustrations and Musical Notation; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 157 pages View more info

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The Advertising Trade Card Quarterly, Winter 1995

By: Cheadle, Dave and Russ Macieri (eds.)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Marlton, The Trade Card Collectors Association: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16285

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled white wraps with black titles and image from Victorian era trade card. About fine with only very light wear. This issue has an informative article on racial stereotyping in Victorian trade cards. There are also articles on Soapine Soap Cards, Insurance Trade Cards, French's Automatic Toy card, Trade Card Lithographers along with other reviews and announcements. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 30 pages View more info

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Antique & Collectors Reproduction News

By: Chervenka, Mark

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Des Moines, Antique & Collectors Reproduction News: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16287

Condition: Very Good+


Stapled, white self-wraps with three punch holes so the issue can be placed in a binder. Some light wear and one dogeared corner. The main topics in this issue on fakes of African-American collectibles is on advertising pieces from the Coon Chicken Inn and other African-American kitchen-related item. Good information. ; B&W Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 12 pages View more info