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Oh! You Devil (Rag)

By: Dabney, Ford T. (composer) and E. Ray Goetz (lyrics)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Shapiro Music Publisher: 1910

Edition: First Edition (?)

Seller ID: 16696

Condition: Very Good


This sheet music has light, general wear with expected aging. There is an unobtrusive stamp on the front and on page 2 for H. A. Becker Music House in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Overall, this copy is VG to VG+. Aida Overton Walker was the wife of George Walker who, with Bert Williams, had made up the great duo known as Williams and Walker. Aida Walker often performed with the two. George Walker died young, and Aida developed her own career as a dancer, becoming known as "The Queen of the Cakewalk." She also danced as Salome and helped start a Salomania craze in Vaudeville. "Oh! You Devil" was co... View more info

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In Defense of Negro Rights

By: Davis, Benjamin J.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, N.Y. State Committee, Communist Party: 1950

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16430

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, blue wraps with white titles and B&W photograph of Davis. Some light, general edge, corner and surface wear. There appears to have been a long ago dampstain that has left some mild waviness here and there but no other damage. This is a solid VG copy. The book deals with the 1950 appeal of the trial of the Communist 12 which had taken place in 1949 in New York. Davis was one of the defendants all of whom were tried under the Smith Act of inciting violent overthrow of the government. All were convicted and sentenced to prison. The appeals did not secure freedom for the defendants. Davis... View more info

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Awakening and Other Poems

By: Davis, Frank Marshall

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Skokie, The Black Cat Press: 1978

Edition: Limited Edition

Seller ID: 16657

Condition: Near Fine


This is a limited edition (249 copies), miniature book of poems by Frank Marshall Davis. This copy is as new except for the ghost of an old price on the 2nd free endpaper by a former owner/dealer. This book was the last he published during his life. He had been a jornalist in Atlanta and Chicago, a union organizer and a Civil Rights activist as well as a poet. He lived for many years in Hawaii and was a friend of Barack Obama's maternal grandfather. In Dreams of my Father, Obama recalled warm memories of Davis ; Gilt Design on Front; Miniature Less than 3" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Get Together Americans: Friendly Approaches to Racial and Cultural Conflicts through the Neighborhood Home Festival

By: Davis-Dubois, Rachel

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Harper & Brothers: 1943

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16721

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


This copy has some light edge, corner and surface wear along with interior and exterior aging. The book also has a light dustiness. There are call numbers in white at the bottom of the spine, but I find no other library markings in the book. It is square and securely bound, a solid, VG copy without dust wrapper. Davis-Dubois was a New Jersey educator and activist who worked diligently on programs that would bring people of diverse ethnic backgrounds together. This book lays out one of her educational programs. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 182 pages View more info

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The Cold Black Preach

By: Decoy, Robert H.

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House Publishing Company: 1971

Seller ID: 16062

ISBN: 0870672207


White wraps with black and blue titles and picture of man in circle. Light, general wear with a slightly rolled spine which has reading creases. Two small numerical stamps on top edge. Still an attractive copy of this attack on the black preaching establishment. VG to VG+. DeCoy's first book was The Nigger Bible. This book does not state an edition, but during the 1970's Holloway House stopped making edition statements. This is likely to be a first but could be a later printing in the same year. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 217 pages View more info

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The Seer of Art and Spirit, Willis "Bing" Davis: Ceremony and Ritual

By: Demerson, Bamidele Agbasegbe

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Dayton, Dayton Visual Arts Center: 1997

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15632

Condition: Near Fine


This small catlog has only very light, general wear. This is a catalog for an exhibition in Dayton, Ohio of Davis's work. It celebrated the artist's 60th birthday, Many nice illustrations. While the book is unpaginated, it has 16 pages. ; Color Photographs; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Black American Fiction Since 1952: A Preliminary Checklist

By: Deodene, Frank and William P. French

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Chatham, The Chatham Bookseller: 1970

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16234

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled straw-colored wraps with black titles. Book has only very light general wear and aging along with a lightly sunned spine. A letter signed by Frank Deodene is affixed to the inside front wrap. This is a very attractive copy of this excellent bibliography. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 25 +ad page pages View more info

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Freedom's Journals: A History of the Black Press in New York State

By: Dodson, Howard et. al.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Hamilton, Gallery Association of New York State: 1986

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 15634

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled, beige wraps with darker brown and black titles and B&W illustration. This catalog has very light, general wear. It was originally published for an exhibition at the Schomburg Center in New York. This second printing was for the travelling exhibition. Very nice copy with many illustrations. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 35 pages View more info

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Paul Robeson: A Biography

By: Duberman, Martin Bauml

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Ballentine Books: 1989

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15601

ISBN: 0345364139

Condition: Very Good


Book has some edge and corner wear along with some light, even age toning on interior page edges. This is a large book and has the general feel of having been read. Though the spine is not creased and book is square and securely bound with no tears or parting.. Overall, a solid copy of this massive biography of Robeson. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 802 pages View more info

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A Tribute to the Martyred Leader of Non-Violence Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Duvalier, Doctor Francois ("papa Doc") , John E. Pickering, trans.

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Port-au-prince, Presses Nationales: 1968

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 13561

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Deep blue plastic-like covers with no titles. Book has some interior toning, mostly on endpapers and there is a 1/2" start on the front hinge. Otherwise, near fine; square and securely bound. Jacket has some very light edge and corner wear along with some staining or soiling here and there. Overall a solid and attractive copy. ; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 167 pages; Signed on ffep by Duvalier. A book that defines irony -- Papa Doc Duvalier, who ruled Haiti through intimidation and violence, is the author of this tribute to Dr. King and non-violence. The book is also a paea... View more info

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Kartunes

By: Eady, Cornelius

Price: $35.00

Publisher: West Orange, Warthog Press: 1980

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15241

Condition: Very Good+


Tan wraps with black titles and deep red illustration. Some light, general wear and light aging. This was Eady's first book. The illustrations were by his wife Susan Micklem. Eady's later book, Brutal Imagination (2001) was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 55 pages View more info

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Music Is My Mistress

By: Ellington, Duke

Price: $90.00

Publisher: Garden City, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1973

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16571

ISBN: 0385022352

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Book has only very light general wear and aging. VG+. The dust wrapper has some light edge and corner wear along with an occasional scuff, mainly on the back. VG. There is a bookplate for Rabbi Samuel M. Shapero on the front pastedown and a large notation in ink -- "see Page 266" -- on the ffep. Page 266 has a reference by Ellington to Rabbi Shapero. Some laid-in papers include and invitation to the Rabbi to attend a memorial concert for Ellington. Nice association. This book is Ellington's autobiography/memoir. Many great memories and photographs of a life well lived. ; B&W Photographs; Small... View more info

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Invisible Man

By: Ellison, Ralph

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Franklin Center, The Franklin Library: 1980

Edition: Limited Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16704

Condition: Fine


Red leather with gilt tiles and decorations, as new and appears unused. Invisible Man has been acclaimed as one of the most important novels of the 20th century. Ellison was the first African-American to win the National Book Award, 1953. This is a beautiful, Franklin Library, signed and limited copy. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 454 pages; Signed by Author View more info

I Was Kidnapped by Idi Amin

By: Enzinga, Netfa

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1979

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15189

ISBN: 0870676628

Condition: Very Good+


This copy has light, general wear with some slight creases or impression marks on edges. Typical Holloway House page toning. Square and securely bound. seems unread. This is supposedlt a true story, and Netfa Anzinga is a real person. Interesting description of Idi Amin and his attitude toward women. Holloway House #BH662. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 217 pages View more info

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Castles' Half and Half

By: Europe, James Reese and Ford T. Dabney

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Joseph W. Stern & Co.: 1914

Seller ID: 16662


This sheet music has orange covers with white titles and a silhouette illustration. The covers have some edge, corner and surface wear with an old vertical crease down the middle. The crease has flattened over time. There is a former owner's signature in the upper right corner. There are some repaired tears on all the page edges. For all the flaws this is still an attractive copy in the G+ to VG- range. Please see scan. Castles' Half and Half is ragtime dance music written by African-American composers James Reese Europe and Ford T. Dabney for Vernon and Irene Castle. The Castles were incredib... View more info

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Dorothy Dandridge

By: Exhibit Style Card

Price: $15.00

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

Seller ID: 15692

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 Dandridge. ; B&W Photographs; 32mo 4" - 5" tall; 1 pages View more info

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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