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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

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

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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Lobby Card for Basin Street Revue, Nat King Cole

By: Kohn, Joseph and Leonard Reed (directors)

Price: $145.00

Publisher: Unknown, Studio Films: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16254

Condition: Very Good


This lobby card is for the all African-American cast musical review, Basin Street Revue, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956. This card features a B&W photograph of Nat King Cole, surrounded by blue and white information about the movie. The card has some edge and corner wear along with toned spots on the right edge. See scan. This was one of several films by Studio Films that featured only musical and comedy acts from a particular venue. Among the feature acts are: Sar... View more info

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Lobby Card for Basin Street Revue, The Clovers

By: Kohn, Joseph and Leonard Reed (directors)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Unknown, Studio Films: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16255

Condition: Very Good


This lobby card is for the all African-American cast musical review, Basin Street Revue, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956. This card features a B&W photograph of The Clovers, surrounded by blue and white information about the movie. The card has some light edge and corner wear along with toned spots on the right edge and a single pinhole near each corner. VG to VG+. (See scan. I have included a second scan that shows group members identified. This is for reference on... View more info

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Lobby Card for Basin Street Revue, Count Basie

By: Kohn, Joseph and Leonard Reed (directors)

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Unknown, Studio Films: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16256

Condition: Very Good


This lobby card is for the all African-American cast musical review, Basin Street Revue, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956. This card features a B&W photograph of Count Basie, surrounded by blue and white information about the movie. The card has some light edge and corner wear along with a few toned spots on the right edge and one short tear in the margin of the right edge. VG+. (See scan.) This was one of several films by Studio Films that featured only musical and ... View more info

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Lobby Card for Basin Street Revue, The Larks

By: Kohn, Joseph and Leonard Reed (directors)

Price: $165.00

Publisher: Unknown, Studio Films: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16259

Condition: Near Fine


This lobby card is for the all African-American cast musical review, Basin Street Revue, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956. This card features a B&W photograph of The Larks, a quartet with piano accompanist, surrounded by blue and white information about the movie. The card has very light wear at bottom right corner along with a couple of horizontal print lines that are typical in this set of cards. About NF. (See scan.) This was one of several films by Studio Films ... View more info

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Lobby Card for Basin Street Revue, The Count Basie Band

By: Kohn, Joseph and Leonard Reed (directors)

Price: $160.00

Publisher: Unknown, Studio Films: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16260

Condition: Near Fine


This lobby card is for the all African-American cast musical review, Basin Street Revue, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956. This card features a B&W photograph of The Count Basie Band, surrounded by blue and white information about the movie. The card has light edge and corner along with some minor toned spots in the right margin with a couple of horizontal print lines that are typical in this set of cards. VG to VG+. (See scan.) This was one of several films by Stud... View more info

Lobby Card for Basin Street Revue, Nipsey Russell

By: Kohn, Joseph and Leonard Reed (directors)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Unknown, Studio Films: 1956

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16258

Condition: Very Good+


This lobby card is for the all African-American cast musical review, Basin Street Revue, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in 1956. This card features a B&W photograph of Nipsey Russell; surrounded by blue and white information about the movie. The card has some light edge and corner wear along with a few toned spots and pinholes on the edges and and a couple of horizontal print lines that are typical in this set of cards. VG to VG+. (See scan.) This was one of several films ... 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