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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: $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

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Witnesses for Freedom: Negro Americans in Autobiography

By: Barton, Rebecca Chalmers

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1948

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16722

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Deep green paper over boards with faded gilt titles on spine. Some edge and corner wear along with areas of paper chipping at spine ends and edges. Some lightening on front and back covers along with an old call number sticker at base of spine. I find no other evidence of this being a library book. Expected aging. Book is still square and securely bound. This collection of biographical essays of famous African-Americans is quite well-done and features an Introduction by Alain Locke. This is a stated First Edition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 294 pages View more info

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Admiration & Ambivalence: Frederick Douglass and John Brown

By: Basker, James G. (ed.)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing

Seller ID: 16788

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled, black wraps with facsimile of Frederick Douglass' signature on front. This booklet was "Published on the Occasion of the Sixth Frederick Douglass Book Prize awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University." There is an Introduction by David W. Blight, a color facsimile of Thomas Satterwhite Noble's painting, "John Brown's Blessing," and a facsimile of a 4-page letter from Douglass to Maria Webb concerning John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. This copy has some light, general wear but is still, overall, near fine. ; Color Front... 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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Voices for Freedom: A New Look at the Hyers Sisters' Dream, Change, and Legacy

By: Bibbs, C. Susheel, PhD.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Sacremento, M. E. P. Publications?DKC, Inc. with The Living Heritage Foundation: 2016

Seller ID: 16786

ISBN: 1535017449

Condition: Fine


White, perfect-bound booklet with black titles and B&W illustration. This copy is as new and unread. This essay on the Hyers Sisters was first published in The Proceedings, a volume of essays from The Hawaii Conference on the Social Sciences in 1912. I cannot tell if this is the first separate edition or not. However, it is one of the few scholarly works on the Hyers Sisters and is, for that reason, of considerable interest. The Hyers Sisters were very early African-American opera stars who formed companies, featuring African-American performers, in roles that challenged the steriotyping in th... 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

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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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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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Of Minnie the Moocher & Me

By: Calloway, Cab and Bryant Rollins

Price: $195.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell Company: 1976

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16929

ISBN: 069001032X

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


Book has only very light general wear. NF. Jacket has some minor wear on bottom edges. VG+. This is Cab Calloway's autobiography. It is boldly signed by Calloway with an inscription to Jack on the half-title page. Many photographs. There are three appendices which include Calloway's rare Hepster's Dictionary and Swing Information Bureau along with a bibliography of his compositions. ; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 282 pages; Signed by Author 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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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

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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