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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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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

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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

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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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A Little Dusky Hero

By: Comstock, Harriet T.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.: 1902

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16720

Condition: Very Good


Some light edge, corner and surface wear but with still bright red and gilt coloring. An old, Christmas gift inscription in pencil is on the ffep. Square and securely bound, a solid and attractive copy. Harriet Comstock was a New York writer of mainly children's fiction. This short novel features a young, African-American hero. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 93 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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School Acres: An Adventure in Rural Education.

By: Cooley, Rossa B.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New Haven, Yale University Press: 1930

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16724

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Gray cloth with some light edge and corner wear, along with a sunned spine and toning along edges. There is a small black ink smudge on the bottom edge. Book is square and binding secure with no tears or parting. There is a Presentation inscription from the Publishers on the front pastedown. Overall VG to VG-. Rossa B. Cooley was a longtime President of the Penn School for African-Americans on St. Helena's island in South Carolina. This book is her account of her work there. Wonderful B&Wcportrait illustrations by Winold Reiss, who had earlier done the illustrations in Alain Locke's The New Ne... View more info

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Great American Negroes in Verse, 1723 - 1965

By: Culver, Eloise Crosby

Price: $85.00

Publisher: Washington DC, The Associated Publishers: 1966

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16593

Condition: Very Good-


This copy has some wear at extremities along with some soiling/aging on covers and interior. Binding is square and secure. Former owner's name in small circle on pastedown. Overall, the book is about VG-. This work features poetic desriptions and assessments of famous African-Americans (and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). The short biographical poems are quite interesting, but the illustrations by Lois Mailou Jones make this book a real treasure. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 80 pages 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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The Last Waltz

By: Dabney, Ford T.

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York And London, Joseph W. Stern & Co.: 1915

Seller ID: 16637

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial, blue-tinted covers with white titles. Sheet music is in very good condition. Covers have surface wear with corner tip creases and edge nicks/small tears. Internal page(s) are lightly age-toned/tanned with corner tip creases and edge nicks/small tears. Ford Dabney was one of the most famous, early 20thcentury, African-American composers, conductors and performers. He worked as a partner with James Reese Europe and helped form the famous Clef Club. His orchestra was very popuar but eventually failed to keep up with the changing musical scene. This sheet music from 1915 does not note D... View more info