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The Marrow of Tradition

By: Chesnutt, Charles W.

Price: $400.00

Publisher: Boston, Houghton, Mifflin and Company: 1901

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16168


Cloth has some stains and soiling, including old, circular water marks on front and back covers along with light edge and corner wear; spine slightly sunned. Both exterior and interior show expected aging. The rear hinge has been reglued at some point. Crayon marks on p. 231. Overall, this copy in VG- condition. This is considered to be Chesnutt's finest novel. It deals with the Wilmington, North Carolina race riot 0f 1898.; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 329 pages; Chesnutt's fourth, and most controversial, novel. The book is a fictional account of the Wilmington, North Carolina race rio... View more info

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Harlem: Voices from the Soul of Black America

By: Clarke, John Henrik

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Athens GA, Signet from New American Library: 1970

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 15593

Condition: Very Good


Orange wraps with black and white titles. Light, general wear with some small scuffs on the back wraps as well as two light diagonal creases on the back bottom corner. Spine is neither creased nor cracked and book feels unread. This is a collection of essays and selections about Harlem by well-known African-American authors, like James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Leroi Jones, and several more. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 215 pages View more info

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Freedomways: A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement, Fourth Quarter 1974

By: Clarke, John Henrik, et. al. (eds.)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Freedomways Association, Inc.: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15602

Condition: Very Good


Yellow wraps with B&W drawing of Bessie Smith along with black and white titles. General light wear on edges and corner but with some soiling.toning on wraps. Square and securely bound with an uncreased and uncracked spine. Civil Rights oriented magazine first published during the 1960's This issue features articles by John Conyers, Donald Bogle and others plus a short story by Alice Walker and political cartoons by Brumsic Brandon, Jr. ; Vol. 14, No. 4; B&W Cartoons; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 292-382 pages View more info

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Freedomways: A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement, First Quarter 1974

By: Clarke, John Henrik, et. al. (eds.)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Freedomways Association, Inc.: 1974

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15603

Condition: Very Good+


Purple wraps with B&W illustration along with black and white titles. General light wear on edges, corners and surface. Square and securely bound with an uncreased and uncracked spine. Feels unread. Civil Rights oriented magazine first published during the 1960's This issue features articles by Jesse Jackson, Clarence Munford, W. D. Wright and others along with poetry by Willard Moore. ; Vol. 14, No. 1; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 1-95 pages View more info

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Freedomways: A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement, Winter, 1968

By: Clarke, John Henrik, et. al. (eds.)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Freedomways Association, Inc.: 1968

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16489


White wraps with B&W image of Nat Turner by Charles White. General light wear on edges and corner but with some toning on won spine and adjacent edges. Square and securely bound with an uncreased and uncracked spine. VG to VG+. Civil Rights oriented magazine first published during the 1960's This issue features articles by WEB DuBois, C. E. Wilson, Loyle Hairston and several others. The lead article is a consideration of William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner. ; Vol. 8, No. 1; B&W Cover Art of Nat Turner; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 95 pages View more info

On Monogamy (notes for a speech) and 1984 Congressional RAce

By: Cleaver, Eldridge

Price: $800.00

Publisher: Oakland, Eldridge Cleaver: ca. 1976 - 1984

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15163

Condition: Near Fine


Three pages on two leaves of draft notes for a speech "On Monogamy" by Eldridge Cleaver, written ca. late 1970's to early 1980's. The notes, entirely in Cleaver's hand are on both sides of the first leaf and on one side of the second. The condition is NF. There are also two items from Cleaver's 1984 run for Congress in California's 8th District. A campaign brochure with a note signed by Cleaver and a "Cleaver for Congress" envelope with the address label removed, leaving light residue.The note on the Campaign brochure reads, "Thanks for your help. We've got Dellums up a t... View more info

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The Pioneer Press, Vo. 3, No. 1, April 1885

By: Clifford, J(ohn) R(obert) (ed.)

Price: $750.00

Publisher: Martinsburg, J. R. Clifford: 1885

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16364


This is a four-page newspaper on good quality newsprint with expected aging and surprisingly light edge and corner wear. There are vertical and horizontal folds from mailing or delivery and some small holes where these folds intersect. Please see photograph -- neither the folds nor the holes are obtrusive. A former owner's name is written in ink at the top of the first page. Overall this copy is VG to VG+. This is an important African-American periodical and copies are quite scarce. As best I can tell, WorldCat locates fewer than 20 individual papers in institutions. The story behind this news... View more info

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Lost Spirituals

By: Cohen, Lily Young

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Walter Neale: 1928

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13142

Condition: Good


Light blue cloth with tipped on B&W illustration and deep brown titles. Edge and corner wear with loss at top of spine. Streaks on picture on front. General aging and toning on page edges. Book is square and securely bound. ; B&W Illustrations; Musical Notation; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 143 pages; Partly written in dialect with a theme dealing with racial relationships, this book is mainly distinguished by 41 plates featuring musical notation and sample lyrics from songs that the author had collected from African-Americans that she knew. There is a whimsical gift insscription on the front pas... View more info

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"Back To Slavery" The New Deal Party and the Negro in Tennessee

By: Colored Division, Republican State Headquarters of Tennessee

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Nashville, Colored Division, Republican State Headquarters of Tennssee: (1940)

Seller ID: 16412

Condition: Very Good


Single-fold (4 pp.) heavy-stock, newsprint pamphlet with general light wear and aging with some minor, flattened creasing on corners. Overall VG. This pamphlet produced by the Colored Division of the Tennessee Republican Party goes into detail on segregationist policies of the New Deal Democrats in Tennessee, especially in regard to Civil Service positions, specifically the WPA, NYA and Census. It also mentions Democratic "Jim Crow Offices" and the cynical hiring of blacks to work in predominantly African-American areas of Nashville. The pamphlet is not dated, but since this was used a... View more info

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Black Americans in Congress 1870-2007

By: Committee On House Administration

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington DC, US Government Printing Office: 2008

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15685

ISBN: 016080194X

Condition: Fine


Book appears as new. Large, fully-illustrated compendium of all African-Americans who have served in the United States Congress. Large, heavy volume will require extra postage. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 803 pages View more info

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"Wid De Moon, Moon, Moon"

By: Cook, Will Marion and William Moore

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, G. Schirmer: 1907

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15674


Saddle-stitched, pictorial wraps with pale yellow and black tinted image of geese flying with the moon in the background has much edge wears and several tears, a number of which have tape mends. There is a former owner's name (Theda Gschwind) on the front, upper right. Some chipping and tearing on back edge as well as writing in pencil on back. Overall, this copy is in G- condition -- still presentable but with somewhat fragile edges. Will Marion Cook (b. 1869) began as a classical violinist and actually soloed with an orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Racial prejudice forced him to turn to popular ... View more info

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Black Man and White Ladyship, an anniversary

By: Cunard, Nancy

Price: $500.00

Publisher: London, The Utopia Press Ltd.: 1931

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 15863

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, tan wraps with black titles. Statement "Not for Sale" on rear wrap. The staples in this copy have rusted out. The booklet has been professionally cleaned, mainly at the staples, and carefully tipped together. Overall, there is some very light wear and the remnant of a vertical crease through the middle. This account of Cunard's marriage to a black man is quite uncommon. The book is an attack on racist attitudes and lynching, especially in America. This is a stated 2nd Printing. The first printing was in Switzerland, also in 1931.This printing appears to be equally or more rare... View more info

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We Sing America

By: Cuthbert, Marion

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Friendship Press: 1936

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 15968

Condition: Good+


Pale blue wraps with black titles and black and pale blue image of children. This copy has a good bit of edge and corner wear along with toning and staining on wraps. The titles on the spine are readable but the spine is faded and almost worn away. What is especially interesting about this copy is that I can find no softcover copies for sale and WorldCat does not note any (as best I can tell.) I suspect that the softcover edition was fragile and that few survived since this book is aimed at children. It telss the story of African-Americans in America and icludes some songs, though it is mainly... View more info

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In Defense of Negro Rights

By: Davis, Benjamin J.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, N.Y. State Committee, Communist Party: 1950

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16430

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, blue wraps with white titles and B&W photograph of Davis. Some light, general edge, corner and surface wear. There appears to have been a long ago dampstain that has left some mild waviness here and there but no other damage. This is a solid VG copy. The book deals with the 1950 appeal of the trial of the Communist 12 which had taken place in 1949 in New York. Davis was one of the defendants all of whom were tried under the Smith Act of inciting violent overthrow of the government. All were convicted and sentenced to prison. The appeals did not secure freedom for the defendants. Davis... View more info

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The Cold Black Preach

By: Decoy, Robert H.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House Publishing Company: 1971

Seller ID: 16062

ISBN: 0870672207


White wraps with black and blue titles and picture of man in circle. Light, general wear with a slightly rolled spine which has reading creases. Two small numerical stamps on top edge. Still an attractive copy of this attack on the black preaching establishment. VG to VG+. DeCoy's first book was The Nigger Bible. This book does not state an edition, but during the 1970's Holloway House stopped making edition statements. This is likely to be a first but could be a later printing in the same year. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 217 pages View more info

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The Seer of Art and Spirit, Willis "Bing" Davis: Ceremony and Ritual

By: Demerson, Bamidele Agbasegbe

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Dayton, Dayton Visual Arts Center: 1997

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15632

Condition: Near Fine


This small catlog has only very light, general wear. This is a catalog for an exhibition in Dayton, Ohio of Davis's work. It celebrated the artist's 60th birthday, Many nice illustrations. While the book is unpaginated, it has 16 pages. ; Color Photographs; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Black American Fiction Since 1952: A Preliminary Checklist

By: Deodene, Frank and William P. French

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Chatham, The Chatham Bookseller: 1970

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16234

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled straw-colored wraps with black titles. Book has only very light general wear and aging along with a lightly sunned spine. A letter signed by Frank Deodene is affixed to the inside front wrap. This is a very attractive copy of this excellent bibliography. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 25 +ad page pages View more info

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Freedom's Journals: A History of the Black Press in New York State

By: Dodson, Howard et. al.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Hamilton, Gallery Association of New York State: 1986

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 15634

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled, beige wraps with darker brown and black titles and B&W illustration. This catalog has very light, general wear. It was originally published for an exhibition at the Schomburg Center in New York. This second printing was for the travelling exhibition. Very nice copy with many illustrations. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 35 pages View more info

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Paul Robeson: A Biography

By: Duberman, Martin Bauml

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Ballentine Books: 1989

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15601

ISBN: 0345364139

Condition: Very Good


Book has some edge and corner wear along with some light, even age toning on interior page edges. This is a large book and has the general feel of having been read. Though the spine is not creased and book is square and securely bound with no tears or parting.. Overall, a solid copy of this massive biography of Robeson. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 802 pages View more info

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The Horizon: A Journal of the Color Line, Vol. I. No. 2, February 1907

By: Dubois, W. E. Burghardt, F. H. M. Murray and L. M. Hershaw

Price: $2,750.00

Publisher: Washington DC, The Horizon: 1907

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16406

Condition: Very Good+


Side-stapled, thick card stock with green titles. The word "Sample" is stamped in the upper left corner, probably indicating that this was a copy used to solicit subscriptions and ads. The first two pages of this copy are loose but could easily be tipped in by a conservator. Otherwise, this copy has very little wear -- minor damage at bottom of spine and some ink residue on back edges from the printing process. Having noted the two loose pages, I still doubt that very many copies of this elusive publication exist. The Horizon grew out the Niagara movement and was DuBois's second foray ... View more info

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A Tribute to the Martyred Leader of Non-Violence Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Duvalier, Doctor Francois ("papa Doc") , John E. Pickering, trans.

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Port-au-prince, Presses Nationales: 1968

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13561

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Deep blue plastic-like covers with no titles. Book has some interior toning, mostly on endpapers and there is a 1/2" start on the front hinge. Otherwise, near fine; square and securely bound. Jacket has some very light edge and corner wear along with some staining or soiling here and there. Overall a solid and attractive copy. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 167 pages; Signed on ffep by Duvalier. A book that defines irony -- Papa Doc Duvalier, who ruled Haiti through intimidation and violence, is the author of this tribute to Dr. King and non-violence. The book is also a paea... View more info

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Kartunes

By: Eady, Cornelius

Price: $35.00

Publisher: West Orange, Warthog Press: 1980

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15241

Condition: Very Good+


Tan wraps with black titles and deep red illustration. Some light, general wear and light aging. This was Eady's first book. The illustrations were by his wife Susan Micklem. Eady's later book, Brutal Imagination (2001) was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 55 pages View more info

Music Is My Mistress

By: Ellington, Duke

Price: $90.00

Publisher: Garden City, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1973

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16571

ISBN: 0385022352

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light general wear and aging. VG+. The dust wrapper has some light edge and corner wear along with an occasional scuff, mainly on the back. VG. There is a bookplate for Rabbi Samuel M. Shapero on the front pastedown and a large notation in ink -- "see Page 266" -- on the ffep. Page 266 has a reference by Ellington to Rabbi Shapero. Some laid-in papers include and invitation to the Rabbi to attend a memorial concert for Ellington. Nice association. This book is Ellington's autobiography/memoir. Many great memories and photographs of a life well lived. ; B&W Photograph... View more info

I Was Kidnapped by Idi Amin

By: Enzinga, Netfa

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1979

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15189

ISBN: 0870676628

Condition: Very Good+


This copy has light, general wear with some slight creases or impression marks on edges. Typical Holloway House page toning. Square and securely bound. seems unread. This is supposedlt a true story, and Netfa Anzinga is a real person. Interesting description of Idi Amin and his attitude toward women. Holloway House #BH662. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 217 pages View more info

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Dorothy Dandridge

By: Exhibit Style Card

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (Chicago), (Exhibit Suppy Co.): ca. 1950

Seller ID: 15692

Condition: Near Fine


This Exhibit-style card has very minor wear alon with light and expected aging on reverse. This appears to be an Exhibit Supply Company card but I do not know how to make an exact determination. It is not marked. Lovely photo and facsimile autograph of Dandridge. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info