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Image for Black Dynamite, Volume V, "Sockers in Sepia" : A Continuation of the Drama of the Negro in Pugilistic Competition

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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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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The Tuskegee Experiment and Tuskegee Airmen, 1939 - 1949: Establishing America's Black Air Force for WW II

By: Gillead, Le Roy F.

Price: $150.00

Publisher: San Francisco, Self-Published: 1994

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16610

Condition: Fine


Stapled, blue wraps with black titles. Book appears as new. It is signed by the author, a Tuskegee Airman on the back of the title page, It is also signed on the cover by Bill Campbell, who flew in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and on the inside front cover by five more Airmen: Fred Pendleton, Ronald L. Lucas, Sam Broadnax, Arthur Harmon and Les Williams. I think all of these men are now dead. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 33 pages; Signed by Collection of Signatures 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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Killing Ground!

By: Gober, Don

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1976

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16609

ISBN: 0870674870

Condition: Near Fine


Pictorial wraps with red titles. This is probably as nice a copy of this book as can be found. It has very light wear and aging, mainly just slight toning on interior edges. Square and securely bound. About NF. # BH 487. Don Gober was one of the pseudonyms for Joseph Nazel, one of the most prolific African-American writers and editors for Holloway House. This is a novel of the LA police and a possible Presidential assassination. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 222 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

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

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

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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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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