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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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Marian Anderson, Handbill/Poster

By: Hurok, Sol

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Hurok Attractions, Inc.: (1942)

Seller ID: 16993

Condition: Good


This handbill or window poster has much wear including a horizonatal crease, small tears and chips along with tape residue top and bottom. Overall G. This item is a small window poster or flyer for a performance by the great African-American singer, Marian Anderson. This flyer is not dated, but Anderson gave a concert in St. Cloud in 1942. Strong image of Anderson, whose career affected the Civil Rights Movement. ; B&W Photograph; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 1 pages 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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Mama Black Widow

By: Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1969

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16605

Condition: Near Fine


This copy has almost no wear, just a hint on the corners. There is also the typical Holloway House toning on the pages. Book is square and securely bound and seems never to have been read. It is a near fine copy. This is a stated First Printing from 1969. 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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Mama Black Widow

By: Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Holloway House: 1969

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated; First Printing

Seller ID: 16769


Beige-tan wraps with black titles. Book is square and securely bound with no creases or cracks on spine. Light wear here and there. There is age toning on page edges and lightly on wraps -- typical of Holloway House books. VG+ to NF. Iceberg Slim's third novel. Blockson 5807.; Cover Art; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 313 +ads 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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Newspic: The Complete News-Picture Magazine, Vol. 6 No. 9

By: Jenkins, Edwin G. (pub.) and Otto McClarrin

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Birmingham, Newspic Publishing Co.: 1946

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16691

Condition: Very Good-


This stapled, quarto-sized news magazine has some light edge and corner wear along with three, old vertical olds that have mostly flattened over time. The folds may have come from mailing. There is some minor scuffing on the front wrap. Overall this copy is about VG. Newspic was a news magazine for African-Americans, published during the 1940's. It seems to be quite uncommon. WorldCat lists one copy, from 1943, at the University of Mississippi. This issue from 1946 features Ruth Cobb on the cover and has numerous articles with many photographs, including one on W. C. Handy. This is an attract... 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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The American Missionary, May 1870

By: Kirk, Rev. E. N. (president)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, American Missionary Association: 1870

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16912


Stitched, beige wraps with black titles. Some light edge and corner wear. The spine is slit from bottom up for about 2 inches and there is some soiling and aging on the wraps. Old dampstain on bottom right corner and former owner's name in ink in top margin. Square with a secure binding, noting the slit. Overall G+ to VG-. This publication of the American Missionary Association features reports from activities in the Southern states in freedmen schools and colleges along with other reports on Native Americans and Chines immigrants. These magazines provide primary sources on early efforts (afte... View more info

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Freedom and Slavery

By: Kittle, William

Price: $500.00

Publisher: Madison, State Journal Printing Co.: 1900

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16794

Condition: Very Good


Gray cloth over boards with gilt tiles and blindstamped frame around edges. Square and securely bound, VG or slightly better. This copy is signed by Kittle with a brief inscription. The book, written by the one time President of the Wisconsin Historical Society, is a narrative of the history of African-Americans, slavery and emancipation in the United States from colonial days to 1900. This is a very uncommon African-American-related title. WorldCat locates only six copies in libraries. None available in the trade.; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 108 pages; Signed by Author 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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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

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Earl Hines and His Orchestra, Limited Edition Poster, framed

By: Loren, Dennis (restorer)

Price: $250.00

Publisher: No Place Listed, Jazz Age Editions: 2001

Edition: Limited, Pre-Press Proof; 1 of 50

Inscription: Signed by Illustrator

Seller ID: 16014

Condition: Fine


Both the posted and frame are in fine condition. This poster was produced in 2001, honoring Earl "Fatha" Hines. The poster was restored and prepared for reproduction by Dennis Loren. 50 Pre-Press Proofs were prepared and signed by Loren along the bottom edge. This is one of those. These proofs rarely come to market since there were only 50 of them. This one says "1 of 50" but I don't know if that means this is #1 of 50, or if it means all of the proofs read "1 of 50." This is a beautiful, limited edition poster, professionally framed. Both the posted and frame are in fine condition. ; B&W Pho... View more info

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The African-American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1780-1930: Elites and Dilemmas

By: Lovett, Bobby L.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Press: 1999

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16267

ISBN: 1557282145

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket


Book is about fine with only a hint of wear and aging, probably unread. Jacket has a scuff on front, touching word "Tennessee" in title, along with other light wear and toning on edges. The book, by an African-American professor at Tennessee State, is signed with a warm inscription on the half title page. It offers a thorough and nuanced history of African-Americans in Tennessee's capital. ; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 314 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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Somebody Else (Not Me)

By: Macdonald, Ballard (lyrics) and James F. Hanley (music) (sung by Bert Williams)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Shapiro, Berstein & Co.: 1920

Seller ID: 16853

Condition: Good+


This is over-sized (4to) sheet music featuring a photographic image of the great African-American singer/comedian, Bert Williams, in blackface. This cover sheets of this copy have nearly separated and there is an old tape repair in two places on the spine. See scan. There is also edge wear with several small tears, a diagonal crease on the bottom right corner and some typical aging/soiling. The only date on this sheet music is 1920, but I think there was an earlier printing with a different cover that same year. This music, which was composed by the white duo of Macdonald and Hanley, was featu... View more info