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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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Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge

By: Eldridge, Elleanor

Price: $600.00

Publisher: Providence, B. T. Albro: 1840

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 16934

Condition: Good+


Original binding of marbled paper-covered boards and green cloth spine, lacking spine label. Illustrated with a frontispiece engraving of the author. Edges worn, especially corners; spine label missing; interior toned. This is the stated Second Edition. Classic autobiography of a free black woman of mixed race. Eldridge was born in Rhode Island, the daughter of a Indian woman and an enslaved African who won his freedom by fighting in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Eldridge earned a living doing housework and borrowed money to invest in real estate, but lost her pro... 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 by one of the mus... 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

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Shadow & Act

By: Ellison, Ralph

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1964

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; 1st Printing

Seller ID: 16784

Condition: Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket


Book has some very light, general wear along with some age-toning on the edges and on the interior endpapers. Former owner's name on ffep. About VG+. The jacket has some wear to the extremities including small chips, a few areas with scuffs and creases along with a small closed tear on the front flap fold and toning around the edges that shows mainly on the rear. This was Ellison's first book after Invisible Man and is composed of essays on three mains areas, literature, music and African-American culture. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 317 pages View more info

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"A Very Stern Discipline" -- An Interview with Ralph Ellison : Harper's Magazine, March 1967

By: Ellison, Ralph (Interview)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Harper's Magazine: 1967

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16882

Condition: Very Good


This copy of Harper's Magazine has light, general wear and aging with a diagonal crease of several inches in the top front right area and a slight vertical curl near the spine. Overall, this copy is VG. I am offering this copy because of the interview with Ralph Ellison who talks specifically about contemporary writers like Faulkner and Hemingway, though the essay ranges widely over many writing-related subjects. Other articles are on homosexuality, television, William F. Buckley and much more. ; B&W Illustrations; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 146 pages 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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I Am Not Sidney Poitier

By: Everett, Percival

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Minneapolis, Graywolf Press: 2009

Edition: Eighth Printing

Seller ID: 16780

ISBN: 1555975275

Condition: Fine


Book is as new and unread. Very funny novel by African-American writer. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 234 pages 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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Holy Day of Atonement, October 16, 1997, Handbill / Poster

By: Farrakhan, Louis

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Chicago, (Louis Farrakhan / Nation of Islam): 1997

Seller ID: 16996

Condition: Near Fine


This handbill or window poster would be in F condition except for a diagonal crease on the lower left corner. It is still NF. This item is a small window poster or flyer for Louis Farrakhan and the Holy Day of Atonement in 1997. This day marked the second anniversary of the Million Man March that the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan had brought about in 1995. This is the first of a continuing Holy Days of Atonement that Farrakhan has promoted. The event involves some conflict with Christian denominations and other Civil Rights leader. This flyer/handbill is from the first Holy Day of Atonement an... 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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Jewel, Undercover Cop

By: Fogelson, Genia

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1979

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 11804

Condition: Very Good+


Pictorial wraps with very light edge and corner wear. A small number "8" is stamped three times on the bottom foredge (in a line). I don 't know if this is some sort of remainder mark or was done by a previous owner. The spine is neither creased nor cracked. Book seems unread. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 221 pages; Fogelson also wrote a biography of Harry Belafonte. 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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Historical Romance of the American Negro

By: Fowler, Charles H.

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Baltimore, Press of Thomas & Evans: 1902

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16976

Condition: Good+


Somewhat faded maroon cloth over boards with blindstamped title and design on front and gilt tiles on spine. This copy has wear, aging and soiling. There is one bit of damage about midway down the spine and a small hole on the front spine edge near the bottom. Also, there are faded areas on both front and rear along the edge. Please see scan. The binding, however, has no tears or parting, and the book is square. There is a name and a library sticker on the front pastedown and I have found one interior stamp for Morgan College Library in Baltimore. Morgan began as an African-American college. T... 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