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Pearl Bailey

By: Exhibit Style Card

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (Chicago), (Exhibit Suppy Co.): ca. 1950

Seller ID: 15693

Condition: Near Fine


This Exhibit-style card has very minor wear alon with light and expected aging on reverse. This appears to be an Exhibit Supply Company card but I do not know how to make an exact determination. It is not marked. Wonderful photo and facsimile autograph of Bailey. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Sarah Vaughn

By: Exhibit Style Card

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (Chicago), (Exhibit Suppy Co.): ca. 1950

Seller ID: 15694

Condition: Near Fine


This Exhibit-style card has very minor wear alon with light and expected aging on reverse. This appears to be an Exhibit Supply Company card but I do not know how to make an exact determination. It is not marked. Wonderful photo and facsimile autograph of Vaughn. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Dinah Washington

By: Exhibit Style Card

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (Chicago), (Exhibit Suppy Co.): ca. 1950

Seller ID: 15695

Condition: Near Fine


This Exhibit-style card has very minor wear alon with light and expected aging on reverse. This appears to be an Exhibit Supply Company card but I do not know how to make an exact determination. It is not marked. Lovely photo and facsimile autograph of Washington. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Rufus

By: Fair, Ron

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Stuttgart, Peter Schlack Verlag: 1977

Edition: 1st Limited Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15907

ISBN: 3921915074

Condition: Fine


28 folded leaves, numbered and signed edition fine limited edition (#599) paperback in plastic overlay on dark stiff paper covers, black cloth tape spine. Book is in English though I think there was another in German. Fair is an African-American poet from Chicago, known for his novel Cornbread, Earl and Me. His poetry, like this book is rather austere and avante-garde. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Father Divine, Autographed Letter

By: Father Divine (Rev. M. J. Divine)

Price: $585.00

Publisher: New York, Philadelphia, Father Divine: 1944

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16530

Condition: Very Good


An engaging letter from the charismatic and controversial spiritual leader, Father Divine, exuding his characteristic and infectious positivity. Father Divine (1877-1965), also known as Reverend M. J. Divine, was a prominent African-American spiritual leader from about 1907 until his death. Allegedly born on a plantation in Georgia, his full self-given name was Rev. Major Jealous Divine. During the Great Depression, Divine founded the International Peace Mission movement, formulated its doctrine, and oversaw its growth from a small and predominantly black congregation into a multiracial and in... View more info

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And Bid Him Sing: Essays in Literature and Cultural Domination

By: February, Vernon

Price: $15.00

Publisher: London, Kegan Paul International: 1988

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16236

ISBN: 0710302789

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Book appears as new and unread. Jacket is also about fine but has just a touch of damage at bottom of spine. Despite its title this book is more about the growth of African literature in Creole ciultures than about music per se. There is a particular emphasis on the Dutch colonies of Surinam, South Africa and the Antilles. ; B&W Maps and Charts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 212 pages View more info

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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; Oblong 64mo 3" - 4½" tall; 1 pages View more info

Black Dynamite : Story of the Negro in the Prize Ring from 1782 to 1938

By: Fleischer, Nat

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Ring / C. J. O'Brien, Inc.: 1938

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 13494

Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket


Orange cloth over boards with black titles and illustration. No titles on spine, as is correct. Book would be near fine except for some aging on edges, light wear at the corners and a former owner's name in ink on the ffep. Book is square and securely bound. An unusually attractive copy. Volume 1 only of Fleischer's pioneering 5 volume set. ; The Ring Athletic Library, Book No. 14; B&W Illustrations; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 182 pages View more info

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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

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Win Progress for Harlem

By: Ford, James W.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Harlem Division of the Communist Part: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16425

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, white newsprint self-wraps with B&W images of Israel Amter and James W. Ford and black titles. Some light wear and general aging with a crease on the bottom rear front corner that affects several pages. VG to VG+. This pamphlet's purpose seems to be to support the candidacy of Israel Amter for the New York City Council. Amter had been one of the founding members of the Communist Party USA, and frequently ran for office. The author, James W. Ford, was, at this time, the most influential African-American in CPUSA and had run for President -- the first African-American to do so. Ford pro... View more info

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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 contemporary, at the time, African Americans: Jackie Robinson, Marion Anderson, George Washington Carver, Althea Gibson, Mahalia Ja... 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 West End Baptist Church to become United Metropolitan Baptist Church) and Holy Trinity Baptist Church, all in Winston-Salem. In... 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 pages; Sold to Emory 12/14/10. View more info

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Black Cop

By: Gober, Don

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1974

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16397

ISBN: 0870674617

Condition: Very Good


This copy appears to have been read and has a slight lean to the spine along withreasonably light edge, corner and surface wear. Still a solid copy. Don Gober was one of the pen names of Joseph Nazel who was an editor and writer at Holloway House. After Donald Goines, he was the most popular writer of black, urban fiction. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 224 pages 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 an 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 covers that mentioned his death, even as the text block still identified them as firsts. This is the true first; no mention of Go... 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 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 - October 2, 1943. The report has an essay on the general activities of the League followed by over twenty essays, by various authors, on speci... 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 the US the National Council of Negro Women sponsored various Harambee events as a way to bring African-American women together... 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 of the Depression. The statistics include age distribution, marital conditions, fertility, school attendance and “illiterac... View more info

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Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man Sheet Music from Showboat, 1937

By: Hammerstein, Oscar (Words) and Jerome Kern (Music)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, Chappell & Co.: 1937

Seller ID: 16433

Condition: Good+


Lavender background with B&W photograph of Robeson and B&W titles. Some edge, corner and surface wear with the bottom right corner damaged and a small diagonal piece torn away. Some other small chips and tears. Two names written in ink in top margin area. Overall G+ or slightly better. The music was a little large for my scanner bed so part of sheet does not show. This is, I think, the first English publication of music from Showboat. Wonderful image of Robeson. ; Cover Photograph of Paul Robeson; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 4 pages 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

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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 " 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 lined the streets in the Bronx to his grave site. Offered is a typed letter signed 11 x 8½" on Handy Brothers Music Co., Inc... View more info