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John Jasper: The Unmatched Negro Philosopher and Teacher

By: Hatcher, William E.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Fleming H. Revell Company: 1908

Edition: First Edition (?)

Seller ID: 15647

Condition: Very Good-


Red cloth with black titles and decoration. There is some loss along bottom edge and front spine edge. Please see scan. Otherwise the book shows only expected aging and some minor and intermittent interior foxing. It is square and securely bound with no tears or parting. Former owner's name on ffep. (The name is Rev. Hugh F. Pyle, who might be the rather well-known Florida minister and author.) This copy appears to be a first edition. Revell was not consistent in their p... View more info

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Angel Mo' and Her Son, Roland Hayes

By: Helm, Mackinley

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York City, Atlantic, Little Brown: 1942

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 7252

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


The book has light edge and corner wear. The covers have light soiling and staining (see scan). Former owner's bookplate on front pastedown; color portrait of Angel Mo', Hayes's mother, from front of dustjacket has been pasted to ffep. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 289 pages; Solid, square first edition copy of Roland Hayes' biography. Narrated in first person , but written by Helm. Hayes was the first African-American to sing at Carnegie Hall. He was a true pioneer in music amon... View more info

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Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South

By: Hopkins, Pauline E.

Price: $3,000.00

Publisher: Boston, The Colored Co-Operative Publishing Company: 1900

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15859

Condition: Very Good


Contending Forces is a novel by an African-American woman and is quite uncommon in the first edition. This copy has been professionally repaired. The hinges have been strengthened and loose pages have been reattached. Front endpapers have cosmetic repairs where the top right tips were torn away, and the green cloth covers with yellow and red titles and illustrations have been cleaned. There appear to have been color variants for the covers. This is a bright and attractiv... View more info

Mama Black Widow

By: Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck)

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1969

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16115

Condition: Very Good


This copy has a bit of minor damage, light creasing and a small scrape, on the front bottom corner. Otherwise there is some general wear and aging along with very light reading creases. Book is sill square and securely bound. Overall, this is a solid VG copy. This is a stated First Printing from 1959. It is #HH-176. This was Iceberg Slim's third novel; it is difficult to find in the true first edition.; Cover Design; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 313 pages; View more info

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The Negro in Hollywood Films

By: Jerome, V. J.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Masses & Mainstream: 1952

Edition: Third Printing

Seller ID: 15872

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, gray wraps with red and black titles. There is a stain on the top right corner that affects the same area of the ffep but no other pages. (See scan.) Overall there is some edege and corner wear with general soiling/aging on wraps. There is some writing in pencil on the rear wrap. Still square and securely bound, a solid VG copy with noted problems. This is a stated Third Printing from 1952 of an interesting and informative book on African-Americans in the movies... View more info

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Jones Bible School Fund Raising Letter

By: Jones, B. P.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Montgomery, Jones Bible School: 1931

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15665

Condition: Very Good


Printed fundraising letter with very light wear but some toning of the paper, particularly on top edge and upper right corner. Jones Bible School was an African-American facility in Montgomery, Alabama that provided services, religious and charitable, to the aged and to prisoners. In the letter, Jones says that his School runs a Widows and Orphans home, operates a Free Dining Room that provides daily meals to the aged, ministers to prisoners in Montgomery, and operates a... View more info

The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting

By: Kaplan, Sidney (textual notes)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Brunswick, Bowdoin College: 1964

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Seller ID: 16116

Condition: Very Good


B&W wraps with red titles. This copy has some overall wear and aging with a small, linear scrape on the bottom edge, near spine. This is a VG copy with many illustrations from American art and a very informative text. There was a hardcover edition also. ; 80 B&W Plates; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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"Votin' is White Folk's Business"

By: Kennedy, Stetson

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, "Committee of 100": 1947

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 14122

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, paper wraps with very light wear. There is an old vertical crease through the middle, but it has mostly flattened through time. Two partially printed hand stamps for the Balch Institute in Philadelphia are at the bottom of the front wrap. See scan. Stetson Kennedy was a native Georgian who infiltrated the KKK and, though humor, helped to weaken the organization and to make others stand up against. This small pamphlet is an excerpt from his 1946 book, Southern Ex... View more info

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I Made this Jar ... The Life and Works of the Enslaved African-American Potter, Dave

By: Koverman, Jill Beute (ed.)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Columbia, Mckissick Museum, University of South Carolina: 1998

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15903

ISBN: 0938983121

Condition: Near Fine


Book is about fine, with only very minor wear. Uncracked and uncreased spine. Appears as new and unread. Beautiful copy. This is a study, with many illustrations, of the early Edgefield, South Carolina potter, known as Dave the Slave. You may have seen samples of his work on Antiques Roadshow. ; Color and B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 101 pages View more info

Don't Cry, Scream

By: Lee, Don L.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Detroit, Broadside Press: 1970

Edition: Fourth Printing

Seller ID: 15400

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, red and black wraps with B&W photograph of Lee. Some edge, corner and surface wear with some light damage at staples. Some soiling on wraps with a light blue ink line inside the white D of "Don't." This is a solid reading copy (4th printing) of this important work. Lee changed his name to Haki R. Madhubuti in 1974. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 64 pages View more info

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Encore: American and Worldwide News, Volume 4 Number 16

By: Lewis, Ida (ed.)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Tanner Publication Co.: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15620

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pictorial wrap (color portrait of Anwar Sadat) with white titles. This copy has light edge, corner and surface wear with both some light interior and exterior aging. Address label on front bottom. Encore was an African-American oriented news magazine that covered American and international news. This issue has an obituary of Cannonball Adderly, an article by artist, Benny Andrews, a profile of Anwar Sadat and much more. Issues of this magazine are relatively unc... View more info

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Autograph Letter Hampton Institute

By: Locke, Alain

Price: $750.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Alain Locke: 1927

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15447

Condition: Near Fine


Alain Locke. Autograph Letter Signed. Washington, D.C., November 14, 1927. 1pg. To Marion Colvin Deane, a student at Hampton Institute, Virginia, who had requested an autograph. The letter includes Locke's return address in Washington as well as Deane's name and Hampton Institute. Locke writes: "Of course I am delighted to join your "autograph party"; it is indeed a pleasure that you value me enough to include me. Certainly my hobby – the artistic and cul... View more info

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The New Negro: An Interpretation

By: Locke, Alain (ed.)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Albert & Charles Boni: 1927

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 15252

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


This stated 2nd Printing is a former library copy with stamps and a removed card pocket and due date slip. Call numbers on spine. The book has edge and corner rubbing to the boards. Some surface wear. (See scan.) Spine is sunned. However, this copy is square and the binding is secure with no tears or parting. This is a well-used but not abused copy of an important book. This work with its well-known illustrations was, in many ways, the announcement of the Harlem Renaissa... View more info

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To Kill a Black Man

By: Lomax, Louis E.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House Publishing Company: 1968

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16061

Condition: Very Good+


Pictorial wraps with drawings of MLK and Malcolm X. Some light edge and corner wear but square and securely bound. Two light reading creases on spine but book must have been read gently. One small, light diagonal crease on rear bottom left corner. This book by well-known sixties black newsman and commentator tells the strangely parallel stories of MLK and Malcolm X. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 256 pages View more info

Les Black Muslims -- When the World Is Given __

By: Lomax, Louis E.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Paris, Editions Buchet/Chastel: 1964

Edition: First French Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16117

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial wraps with photograph of Malcom X and red titles. Some general wear and aging along with a long diagonal crease, now somewhat flattened, from near the bottom right front corner to about the middle of the right edge. A bit of writing (some sort of list) on ffep. Some toning along edges, but still an attractive copy that is square with a secure binding. I think that this work was first published in English as "When the World is Given - A Report on Elijah Muha... View more info

Black Americana

By: Long, Richard A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Secaucus, Chartwell Books, Inc.: 1985

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15574

ISBN: 0890098360

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


Book has only very light shelf wear and aging. Pictorial dustwrapper has minor wear at corners and edges. Oversized volume filled with photos of and information on African-Americans from slavery through 1985. ; B&W and Color Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 192 pages View more info

Earl Hines and His Orchestra, Limited Edition Poster, framed

By: Loren, Dennis (restorer)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: No Place Listed, Jazz Age Editions: 2001

Edition: Limited, Pre-Press Proof; 1 of 50

Inscription: Signed by Illustrator

Seller ID: 16014

Condition: Fine


Both the posted and frame are in fine condition. This poster was produced in 2001, honoring Earl "Fatha" Hines. The poster was restored and prepared for reproduction by Dennis Loren. 50 Pre-Press Proofs were prepared and signed by Loren along the bottom edge. This is one of those. These proofs rarely come to market since there were only 50 of them. This one says "1 of 50" but I don't know if that means this is #1 of 50, or if it means all of the proofs re... View more info

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The Story of Dorothy Stanfield

By: Micheaux, Oscar

Price: $165.00

Publisher: New York, Book Supply Company Publishers: 1946

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15864

Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket


Red cloth with gilt-lined letters and frame. The book has light, general wear and aging. It is square and securely bound, a solid, very good copy with minor pulling or rubbing at the top of the spine. The jacket has some noticeable chips, particularly at the top and bottom of the spine. It also shows wear and light creasing along some edges, but is still presentable in Mylar. Micheaux was a major director of black films and fine novelist. This novel concerns matters of r... View more info

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The Case of Mrs. Wingate

By: Micheaux, Oscar

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Book Supply Company Publishers: 1945

Edition: Seventh Printing

Seller ID: 15865

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Red cloth with gilt lettering and frame. Some corner bumps and light wear but overall a solid VG to VG+ copy, still square and securely bound. This is a stated "7th Edition," though I think in actuality it is the 7th Printing. Micheaux, one of the great early African-American filmmakers was also an accomplished novelist. This story, set in WWII, focusses on black Nazi spies and sinister German plots. There's even a bit about making movies. ; Color Frontispiece; 8... View more info

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The Masquerade

By: Micheaux, Oscar

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Book Supply Company: 1947

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 15901

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


Red cloth with gilt lettering and frame. Book has only very light, general wear and aging. Still square and securely bound. VG+ to NF. Jacket has some edge and corner wear but is still bright and attractive, about VG+. The Masquerade was a historical novel by the pioneering African-American filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux. This copy is stated "Second Edition" on the title page, but I suspect that it is really a second printing. Beautiful copy and dust wrapper. ; 8vo 8... View more info