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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

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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

My Old Kentucky Home, Lobby Card, 1938

By: Hillyer, Lambert (director)

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Hollywood, Monogram Pictures: 1938

Seller ID: 15912

Condition: Very Good


Color lobby card for My Old Kentucky Home starring Evelyn Venable, Grant Richards and The Hall Johnson Choir. The image of the Hall Johnson Choir on this card makes it of particular interest. Hall Johnson was a major African-American composer of mainly spiritual music. He is generally compared to other composers like Harry Burleigh and Nathanial Dett. He played with James Reese Europe and Will Marion Cook before establishing ensembles of his own. The choir travelled inte... 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

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Freedom's Plow

By: Hughes, Langston

Price: $750.00

Publisher: New York, Musette Publishers: 1943

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16407

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled, beige wraps with light aging and wear. About near fine. This copy is signed by Hughes to fellow writer and supporter of left wing causes, Howard Fast. Fast joined the Communist Party in 1943 and served time in prison for refusing to testify against others before the HUAC. Hughes' own interest in Communism and the nature of this poem make for a strong association between the two writers. This poem was originally read by Paul Muni over the Blue Network on Monday M... View more info

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Troubled Island : An Opera in Three Acts

By: Hughes, Langston (libretto) and William Grant Still (music)

Price: $480.00

Publisher: New York, Leeds Music Corporation: 1949

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16307

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pale blue wraps with deep red titles. This copy is toned around the edges and has some light wear at the spine but, otherwise, seems unused. Without the toning this would be a near fine copy. This opera, based on the Haitian revolution, was begun by composer Stills and librettist Hughes in 1936. Hughes eventually left the project and the libretto was completed by Verna Arvey who went on the marry Still. This edition of the libretto only lists only Hughes as the ... 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 Ken Oden Collection of African-American Photgraphy and Ephemera

By: Jackson's International Auctioneers and Appraisers of Fine Art and Antiques

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Cedar Falls, Jackson's: 2010

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16282

Condition: Near Fine


Catalog has almost no wear, a very close to fine copy; appears unused. Wonderful cartoon illustration of Josephine Baker on front. This is an excellent reference of African-American photography, post cards and other ephemera. ; Color and B&W Photographs; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 168 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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Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House

By: Keckley, Elizabeth

Price: $3,000.00

Publisher: New York, G. W. Carleton & Co., Publishers: 1868

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16399


This is one of the most important slave narratives as well a singular account of life at the White House in the last years of the Civil War. Since the book did not have wide readership initially, first edition copies are difficult to find. WorlCat locates at most four copies in libraries. This is a most important work of African-Americana as well as Lincolniana.This copy was deaccessioned from the Morse institute with that library's label on spine and Institutional bookp... 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

Equality Land and Freedom: A Program for Negro Liberation

By: League of Struggle for Negro Rights

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, League of Struggle for Negro Rights: 1933

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16415

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, orange wraps with black titles and illustration. Some lightedge and corner wear along with light wear (minor indention creases and one short tear) on wraps. Still square and securely bound. This is a solid, VG copy of this booklet. This volume contains drafts of and information about a proposed Constitution and Bill of Rights from the National Council of the League of Struggle for Negro Rights, one of many Communist-related organizations working for African-Amer... View more info

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Letter from African-American Man Seeking Employment on National Republican Committee

By: Lecompte, J. B.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, (J. B. LeCompte): 1884

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16359


Two leaves, written on rectos only. (The leaves are on the letterhead of the Starin's City River and Harbor Transportation Company in New York City.) Docketing notes on verso of second leaf. Old folds, a couple of pinholes in upper left corner of each leaf. Overall VG to VG+. This letter is an appeal from an African-American man to Samuel Fessenden of the Republican National Committee, to whom he had given his application for a clerkship the week before. With the electio... 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