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Who Will Cry for the Little Boy: Poems

By: Fisher, Antwone

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, William Morrow: 2003

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15627

ISBN: 0060549327

Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket


This book is Fine in a like jacket. It is a collection of poetry by Antwone Fisher, Denzel Washington starred in a movie about Fisher, who came from an abusive childhood in foster homes to become a successful writer and director in Hollywood. This copy is signed boldly with a dedication on the title page. The ink from the Sharpie has bled through. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 61 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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Autographed Note

By: Fisher, Antwone

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Texas, Antwone Fisher: ca. 2010

Seller ID: 15800

Condition: Fine


Oblong card in pristine condition with the letterhead, Antwone Fisher. This is a note to a new acquaintance of Fisher's. Fisher says that he has sent books and invites the recipient to get in touch. This invitation seems genuine since Fisher's email and phone number are included. The note also includes mention of Mrs. Bush and Texas. Fisher's inspirational story was made into a film starring Denzel Washington. A blank envelope for the card is included. ; Autograph; Oblo... View more info

Black Dynamite, Volume V, "Sockers in Sepia" : A Continuation of the Drama of the Negro in Pugilistic Competition

By: Fleischer, Nat

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, The Ring / C. J. O'Brien, Inc.: 1947

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16126


Orange cloth with black titles and images. Some edge and corner wear with damage to bottom right front corner and bumps to other corners. Some soiling and aging. Front hinge has minor tearing but binding is secure and book is square. Overall, this copy is in the G+ to VG- range. Volume 5 only of Fleischer's pioneering 5 volume set on African-American fighters. ; The Ring Athletic Library; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 250 pages View more info

Jack Johnson

By: Fradella, Sal

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Boston, Branden Publishing Company: 1990

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15599

ISBN: 0828319316

Condition: Near Fine


Pictorial wraps with B&W photo of Jack Johnson and red and white titles. This copy has only very minor shelf wear. Rather short but informative biography of Johnson with many photographs. This book is one of a series of books on African-Americans titled, "They Didn't Know It Couldn't Be Done." ; "They Didn't Know It Couldn't Be Done"; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 116 pages View more info

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Fifteen Familiar Faces in Verse

By: Frazier, Max Yergan

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Vantage Press: 1959

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15371


Book has only light wear and aging. Still square and securely bound. VG to VG+. The jacket has a dime-sized chip on the top front edge along with some other minor chips, tears and scuffs. Browning on interior page edges. VG-. This was Frazier's first book of poetry, written after he had served in the army and returned home to Chicago and was attending Junior College. He is not a polished poet, but his lines do have power. He does poetic portraits of fifteen mainly contem... View more info

Basin Street Review Movie Poster/Window Card

By: Frye, Ben (producer)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: (New York), Studio Films: 1956

Seller ID: 16016

Condition: Good+


This is a window card for the 1956 movie, Basin Street Revue. It measures 22 x 14," and is in G+ condition with a crease in middle and hole on middle left. The movie starred, Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole, Count Basie and a number of other predominantly jazz-based, African-American musical entertainers. There was no plot, just musical performances. The poster shows Cole, Hampton, Vaughn and the Basie Band. This poster came from A Cinema Apart, or the B... View more info

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A Good Heart and a Light Hand Ruth L. Gaskin's Collection of Traditional Negro Recipes

By: Gaskins, Ruth L.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Alexandria / Annandale, Fund for Alexandria, Virginia / Turnpike Press: 1968

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author & Illustrator

Seller ID: 16127

Condition: Very Good+ with No dust jacket as issued


Light scuffing along the edge next to the spiral binding, and a 1" area of scuffing on the picture of Gaskins. There is minor soiling on the boards, but the interior is NF. It looks unread. Great Southern African-American recipes from a Virginia cook. This is the true First Printing of this book by The Fund for Alexandria, Virginia, printed by The Turnpike Press. The book, with slightly different prelims and no picture of Gaskins and her mother on the back, was pri... View more info

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The Negro Looks into the South

By: Gholson, Rev. Edward

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, Chapman & Grimes. Inc.: 1947

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15410

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Light brown, leatherette over boards with gilt titles on spine. Light wear on edges and corners along with mild aging. Square and securely bound. Jacket also has light wear with a light smudge near the bottom of the spine and some age-toning. Originally from Virginia and New Jersey, Gholson was a wll-known African-American minister in Winston Salem NC. Gholson at different times, pastored First Baptist Church, First Institutional Baptist Church (which merged with the We... View more info

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Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim

By: Gifford, Justin

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 2015

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16098

ISBN: 0385538340

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light, general wear but with a remainder mark on bottom edge; near fine without remainder mark. Jacket has some light wear along with light edge toning and soiling. Excellent biography of Iceberg Slim. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 265 pages View more info

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Hell Is Forever

By: Gilmer, J. Lance

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1977

Seller ID: 15922

ISBN: 0870670395

Condition: Very Good


Some light edge, corner and surface wear including mild scuffing near spine edge. Spine is neither creased nor cracked. It is square and securely bound and probably unread. VG to VG+. This Holloway House #BH039. I think it is probably a second printing; I think the first printing would have had a higher number following the "BH." This is another of Holloway House's black urban fiction novels in the tradition of Donald Goines and Joseph Nazel. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 224 p... View more info

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Whoreson :The Story of a Ghetto Pimp

By: Goines, Donald

Price: $285.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House Publishing Company: 1972

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16060

ISBN: 08708674218


Black paperback with red titles and picture of woman. Some light edge and corner wear. Spine is neither cracked nor creased. Binding is square and secure; this copy seems to be unread. Interior has typical light toning of pages. VG+ to NF. This is a n especially attractive copy of Goines' second novel and one of his most important. It is also quite scarce in a true first edition in attractive condition. After Goines' murder, his earlier works were reissued with new cov... View more info

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Victory Through Unity: Annual Conference, National Urban League, 1943

By: Granger, Lester B., et. al.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Chicago, National Urban League: 1943

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16052

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, tan wraps with black titles. Some edge and corner wear with light loss at top left front corner and very minor loss at front bottom left. There are one or two short closed tears on edges and toning on front around are where books were stacked on this program, along with light overall aging. Binding is still secure and book is square, a solid very good copy with noted problems. This is the report from the National Urban League Conference held September 28 - Octob... View more info

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"Harambee Luncheon" Program, 1977

By: Greater Norwalk Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Norwalk, Greater Norwalk Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc.: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15835


This is a Norwalk, Connecticut program for a Harambee Luncheon in 1977. It is saddle-stapled with a slightly stiff cardboard front wrap with black titles and B&W illustrations. The program has very light wear with some minor finger indents on the front. No rear wrap -- not sure if there was one or if the program was published without one. Overall, VG+ to NF. "Harambee," which means "to pull together" in Swahili was a traditional ceremony or community event in Kenya. In t... View more info

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Negroes in the United States, 1920-1932

By: Hall, Charles E. and Z. R. Pettet

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Washington DC, US Department of Commerce Bureau of the Census: 1935

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15449

Condition: Very Good


Original cloth with some edge and corner wear along with mild aging. Still square and securely bound with no tears or parting. Supplementing two census volumes issued before World War I - though nearly three times as long as that of 1915 - this is a treasure-trove of government-gathered information about Black Americans during the crucial period of postwar Northern “urbanization” that saw the cultural birth of the Harlem Renaissance through the harrowing early years ... View more info

Image for An evening thought. Salvation by Christ, with penetential cries: composed by Jupiter Hammon, a Negro belonging to Mr. Lloyd, of Queens' Village on Long-Island, the 25th of December, 1760 (facsimile broadside)

An evening thought. Salvation by Christ, with penetential cries: composed by Jupiter Hammon, a Negro belonging to Mr. Lloyd, of Queens' Village on Long-Island, the 25th of December, 1760 (facsimile broadside)

By: Hammon, Jupiter

Price: $40.00

Publisher: San Diego, William F. Northrop: 1978

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 16007

Condition: Fine


This is a facsimile printing of the original 1760 poem. Publisher's Notes and limitation number (189) on rear. Tattered edges, as in the original, on all sides. This also has a separate explanation sheet, by the publisher William Northrop. Hammon was a black poet and a slave who became the first African American to be published in America . There is only one copy of the original 1760 broadside, held by the NY Historical Society.; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 2 pages View more info

Bill Pickett: First Black Rodeo Star

By: Hancock, Sybyl

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: 1977

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 15600

ISBN: 0152073930

Condition: Near Fine


Beige, pictorial wraps with illustration of cowboy wrangling a bull and red and green titles. Book has very light shelf wear. Still square and securely bound with a spine that is neither cracked nor creased. This is the story of Bill Pickett, the first black rodeo star. This is a children's book from the "a Let Me Read book" series. ; a Let Me Read book; B&W Drawings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 61 pages View more info

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W. C. Handy Letter, Signed -- to a fan, 1943

By: Handy, W. C.

Price: $600.00

Publisher: New York, W. C. Handy: 1943

Seller ID: 15311

Condition: Very Good


W.C. Handy (1873-1958) brought blues music to the fore of American Music from its modest regional roots. Considered one of the most influential songwriters with a stunning number of classic compositions to his credit not the least being "Saint Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues". Later in his career he authored four books on African-American composers and music history. His funeral was attended by thousands in Harlem and over a hundred thousand mourners line... View more info

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Norris Wright Cuney: A Tribune of the Black People

By: Hare, Maud Cuney

Price: $175.00

Publisher: New York, The Crisis Publishing Company: 1913

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15644


Quarter-bound leather with blue marblized paper and gilt titles on spine This seems to have been the deluxe binding. There is a good bit of scuffing on the leather, corners, edges and spine. See scan. The book is square and securely bound but some pulling on the marblized endpapers along the front gutter indicate that the front hinge may have been reglued at some point.The hinge is not stiff and the binding is secure. There is a former owner's name on the front pastedown... View more info

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The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka: The Jazz Aesthetic

By: Harris, William J.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Columbia, University of Missouri Press: 1985

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15633

ISBN: 0826202764

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light wear with a couple of small nicks. It is square and securely bound, very close to near fine, The jacket has light edge, corner and surface wear with some small tears or chips at some corners and light scuffing at some folds. Overall, this is a solid copy in a still atrractive jacket. The book is an interesting study of Baraka's poetry and its relationship to jazz. This was a review copy with the review notice laid in. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall;... View more info

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The Key: Aesthetic Club Annual, Bluefield State College

By: Harris-Jefferson, Othello Maria and Shirley Painter

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Bluefield, Aesthetic Club: 1945

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15539

Condition: Good+


Stapled, pale green wraps with black titles and illustration. This copy had some wather damage many years ago and consequently has light waviness on all pages which luckily were a slick stock. There is also some light soiling and wear. Two names are written in ink on the rear wrap. Overall, this booklet is in solid and presentable condition. The yearbook is not dated but there are references to a student play for 1946. Bluefield State College is a historically African-Am... View more info