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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; 174 pages 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-American College established in 1895. This booklet is the annual yearbook for the Aesthetic Club, a female student organization... 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 procedures. This copy has the date only on the colophon page but no additional printings are noted. This is a biography of Afr... 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 among African-Americans. View more info

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The Negro in Sports

By: Henderson, Edwin Bancroft

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Washimgton, The Associated Publishers, Inc.: 1939

Edition: Revised Edition

Seller ID: 13240

Condition: Good+


Maroon cloth with black titles. Some wear on corners and edges with boards showing at corners. Old dampstain on bottom right front and left rear quarter of covers that is noticeable but not obtrusive. This stain does not affect the interior except as one minor wave. The book is square and the binding secure. This is the foremost work of noted educator and proponent of African-American athletics, Edwin Bancroft Henderson. Henderson was one of the first group, along with Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Bill Russell and Althea Gibson, to be elected to the Black Athletes Hall of Fame. In ... View more info

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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 internationally and appeared in a number of movies, including My Old Kentucky Home, Dumbo (Johnson himself is credited as the voi... 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 attractive copy of this novel by a New England, African-American woman. The novel deals with race and society in both the North and So... 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 March 15,1943 from 3:45 to 4:00 PM Eastern War Time. Background music was furnished by organ accompaniment and the Golden Gate... 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 author. Some controversy surrounds the opera's limited run, since accusations were made that New York critics offered negat... View more info

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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 still 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 at this time before the Civil Rights Movement. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 64 pages View more info

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The Economic Status of Negroes: Summary and Analysis of the Materials Presented at the Conference on the Economic Status of the Negro

By: Johnson, Charles S.

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Nashville, Fisk University Press: 1933

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16431

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, tan wraps with deeper brown titles. This is a, ex-library copy with call letters on front upper left and a card pocket on inside back wrap; I see no other markings. There is some edge wear on the yapp (overlapping) edges, but, otherwise, this is a quite attractive copy. It appears to have been printed on hand-laid paper -- chain lines are visible. This report is a summary and analysis of materials presented at the Conference on the Economic Status of the Negro, held on May 11-13, 1933, in Washington, D. C. African-American scholar Charles S. Johnson prepared the report. While well-rep... 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 Charitly Bus. I have been able to find a few mentions of this school but no real information other than what is in this lett... View more info

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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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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

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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 election between James Blaine and Grover Cleveland fast approaching, LeCompte urges quick processing of his application. The person ... View more info

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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 uncommon. ; B&W Photographs; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 48 pages View more info

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Black Memorabilia Around the House

By: Lindenberger, Jan

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Atglen, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.: 1993

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16279

ISBN: 0887404871

Condition: Fine


Book appears as new and never used. While pricing information in this 1993 guide is dated, the book is still an exceptionally good source of African-Americana with splendid photographs of a wide selection of items. ; Color Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 160 pages View more info

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Autograph Letter Hampton Institute

By: Locke, Alain

Price: $750.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Alain Locke: 1927

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15447

Condition: Near Fine


Alain Locke. Autograph Letter Signed. Washington, D.C., November 14, 1927. 1pg. To Marion Colvin Deane, a student at Hampton Institute, Virginia, who had requested an autograph. The letter includes Locke's return address in Washington as well as Deane's name and Hampton Institute. Locke writes: "Of course I am delighted to join your "autograph party"; it is indeed a pleasure that you value me enough to include me. Certainly my hobby – the artistic and cultural development of the Negro is well worth prizing – and because of that the individuals who are helping it forward…”... View more info

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The New Negro: An Interpretation

By: Locke, Alain (ed.)

Price: $400.00

Publisher: New York, Albert & Charles Boni: 1925

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16140

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Book has rubbing to the edges and corners of the boards. Some surface wear. (See scan.) Spine has some wear at extremities and is lightly sunned. There has also been some minor damage on the spine causing a light curl resulting in some wavines on interior pages. This has not caused any problem with the binding. This copy is square and the binding is secure with no tears or parting. This is a well-used but not abused copy of an important book. This work with its well-known illustrations was, in many ways, the announcement of the Harlem Renaissance. It includes contributions by Langston Hughes,... View more info

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To Kill a Black Man

By: Lomax, Louis E.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House Publishing Company: 1968

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16061

Condition: Very Good+


Pictorial wraps with drawings of MLK and Malcolm X. Some light edge and corner wear but square and securely bound. Two light reading creases on spine but book must have been read gently. One small, light diagonal crease on rear bottom left corner. This book by the well-known sixties black newsman and commentator tells the strangely parallel stories of MLK and Malcolm X. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 256 pages View more info

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Les Black Muslims -- When the World Is Given __

By: Lomax, Louis E.

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Paris, Editions Buchet/Chastel: 1964

Edition: First French Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16117

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial wraps with photograph of Malcom X and red titles. Some general wear and aging along with a long diagonal crease, now somewhat flattened, from near the bottom right front corner to about the middle of the right edge. A bit of writing (some sort of list) on ffep. Some toning along edges, but still an attractive copy that is square with a secure binding. I think that this work was first published in English as "When the World is Given - A Report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and The Black Muslim World," in conjunction with a TV special done by Lomax and Mike Wallace. This book demonstr... View more info

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Black Americana

By: Long, Richard A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Secaucus, Chartwell Books, Inc.: 1985

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15574

ISBN: 0890098360

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket


Book has only very light shelf wear and aging. Pictorial dustwrapper has minor wear at corners and edges. Oversized volume filled with photos of and information on African-Americans from slavery through 1985. ; B&W and Color Illustrations; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 192 pages View more info