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The Sweet Flyaper of Life
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The Sweet Flyaper of Life

By Langston Hughes and Roy De Carava

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Boards. Near Fine/Very Good. A solid, very respectable copy of the 1955 stated 1st printing, in its much less common hardback edition. Clean and Near Fine (just the slightest touch of offsetting at the panel edges) in a bright, price-intact ($2.95), VG dustjacket, with light chipping to the spine ends, very light creasing at the panel top-edges and light wear along the flap-folds. 12mo, Roy De Carava's brilliant gravures perfectly complementing Langston Hughes's narrative.

$1000.00

The Sweet Flypaper of Life (With Publisher's Printing Error)
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The Sweet Flypaper of Life (With Publisher's Printing Error)

By Langston Hughes and Roy De Carava

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good. The 1955 stated 1st edition, in its less common hardback. This copy, while perfectly presentable and attractive, includes a publisher's printing error (in which the image of the front cover has been printed over what should have been the copyright and dedication pages). In spite of this, solid and VG, with a band of light offsetting to the top and bottom edges. Internally, very clean, with no writing or markings apart from the publisher's printing error. And in a crisp, price-clipped, VG dustjacket, with light chipping and creasing along the spine and several small closed tears at the panel edges. 12mo, a brilliant fusing of text and image, with Langston Hughes's narrative accompanying Roy De Carava's rich gravures.

$500.00

The Sweet Flypaper of Life
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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

By Langston Hughes (Roy DeCarava Photographer)

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Original wraps. Very Good. A presentable, perfectly serviceable copy of the 1955 stated 1st paperback edition, published simultaneously with the hardback edition. Tight and VG in its pictorial wrappers, with very light soiling to the front panel and one tiny closed tear --and a bit of creasing-- along its upper tip. Pocket-sized (12mo), Roy De Carava's rich gravure photos complementing Langston Hughes's moving text.

$150.00

12 Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States (In a Lovely Dustjacket)
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12 Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States (In a Lovely Dustjacket)

By Richard Wright

New York: The Viking Press, 1946. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. Edwin Rosskam. A tight, very solid copy of the 1946 stated 3rd printing, IN AN UNUSUALLY CRISP, ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE PICTORIAL DUSTJACKET. Clean and Near Fine in a bright, price-intact ($3.50), Near Fine dustjacket, with just a touch of bleeding at the front panel and very light wear to the upper tips. (The fragile dustjacket though rarely shows up in such presentable condition). Quarto, highly-evocative gravure plates thruout, under the photo-direction of Edwin Rosskam.

$500.00

Toussaint L'Ouverture (In Dustjacket)
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Toussaint L'Ouverture (In Dustjacket)

By Leslie Pinckney Hill

Boston: Christopher Publishing House, 1928. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good -. The 1928 1st edition of this "dramatic history in five parts", written by African-American educator, writer and community leader Leslie Pinckney Hill (1880-1960). Based on the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803), one of the key figures in the Haitian Revolution, the 1791-1804 "successful anti-slavery and anti-colonial insurrection by self-liberated slaves against French colonial rule in Saint-Dominigue (now Haiti)". A solid. very presentable copy to boot in its uncommon pictorial dustjacket. Tight and VG (light foxing to the preliminaries, institutional blindstamp {New Jersey Training and Research Center} at the dedication page) in a crisp, VG- dustjacket, with chipping --and several small closed tears-- along the panel edges, including a 1 1/2" chip (with just a bit of loss to the text) along the rear panel's lower-edge. Octavo, printed (in very likely small numbers) by Christopher Publishing House of Boston.

$500.00

Fire!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists (Including the Publisher's Inserted Introduction/Prospectus)
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Fire!! Devoted to Younger Negro Artists (Including the Publisher's Inserted Introduction/Prospectus)

By Wallace Thurman, Ed

New York: The Fire!! Press, 1982. Original wraps. Fine. The first appearance of the facsimile re-issue of this short-lived, highly-influential literary magazine produced in the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Originally published in November 1926, hundreds of copies of the maiden issue of this new Quarterly were destroyed by fire. And coupled with financial challenges which forced the magazine to fold after this one and only issue, copies of the original publication are a prized rarity and the need to reproduce it in facsimile clearly existed. This 1982 facsimile, the 1st edition as such, is in pristine condition. Bright and crisp in its stapled wrappers, which boast dramatic Aaron Douglas designs in dramatic dark and red relief. Apart from Douglas's artistry, also featured in the magazine are the writings of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Wallace Thurman, Arna Bontemps, Richard Bruce (Richard Bruce Nugent), Helene Johnson et al. Also included is the laid-in publisher's Introduction/prospectus, featuring a 1982 reminiscence by "Richard Bruce" Nugent and an informative history by Thomas Wirth of the magazine's publication history and its continuing impact.

$100.00

Negro Education: A Study of the Private and Higher Schools for Colored People in the United States
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Negro Education: A Study of the Private and Higher Schools for Colored People in the United States

By --

Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1947. Original wraps. Very Good. The 1st edition of this 1947 study of Negro education, sponsored by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education. Clean and VG in its beige wrappers, with light creasing along the panel edges. Thick octavo, dozens of black-and-white photos as well as charts and fold-out forms.

$100.00

Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Religious Cults of the Urban North
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Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Religious Cults of the Urban North

By Arthur Huff Fauset

University of Pennsylvania Press, 1944. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good. A solid copy of the 1944 1st edition. Tight and VG+ to Near Fine (light foxing along the fore-edge) in a crisp, price-intact ($2.00). VG dustjacket, with light soiling to the panels, mild darkening along the spine and light chipping at the spine crown. Still though, very presentable. Octavo, "in this volume five cults in Philadelphia are presented in a full account of their organization, leaders, belief and ritual". (from the front jacket flap).

$100.00

The Fire This Time: The W.E.B. DuBois Clubs View of the Explosion in South Los Angeles
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The Fire This Time: The W.E.B. DuBois Clubs View of the Explosion in South Los Angeles

By Ron Ridenour, Anne Lselie and Victor Oliver

W.E.B. DuBois Club of Los Angeles, 1965. Uncommon November 1965 response to the August 1965 Watts riots by the W.E.B. Du Bois Club of Los Angeles. A pristine copy. Crisp and Fine in its dark-red, stapled wrappers. (From the title page: "Fellow Negroes, is it not time to be men? Is it not time to strike back when we are struck? Is it not high time to hold up our heads and clench our teeth and swear by the Eternal God we will not be slaves and that no aider, abettor, and teacher of slavery in any shape or guise can longer lead us?" --W.E.B. DuBois).

$250.00

Not Like Niggers
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Not Like Niggers

By Edward G. Williams

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1969. Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. WARMLY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR EDWARD G. WILLIAMS on the front free endpaper. A crisp, very impressive copy to boot of the 1969 1st edition. Tight and Fine in a bright, price-intact, Near Fine dustjacket. Octavo, also includes the publisher's original invitation celebrating the release of the book.

$100.00

A Gathering of Old Men
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A Gathering of Old Men

By Ernest J. Gaines

London: Heinemann, 1984. Hardcover. Very Good +/Near Fine. INSCRIBED BY ERNEST GAINES on the title page. A solid copy to boot of the 1984 1st British edition. Tight and VG+ in a crisp, price-intact, Near Fine dustjacket. Octavo, 214 pgs.

$50.00

Tales of Black Robin: (Adventures of a Black Robin Hood) and a Collection of Short Stories
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Tales of Black Robin: (Adventures of a Black Robin Hood) and a Collection of Short Stories

By Harry L. Faggett

Chicago: Adams Press, 1994. Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. A near-pristine copy of the 1994 1st (and almost certainly only) edition of this uncommon collection of "Tales of Black Robin". Tight and Fine in a crisp, price-intact, Near Fine to Fine dustjacket. Octavo, centered on the character "John Robin, Chauffeur and African-American Robin Hood"

$250.00

Black Sects and Cults (Review Copy)
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Black Sects and Cults (Review Copy)

By Joseph R. Washington, Jr.

Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co, 1972. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. A very solid copy of the 1972 stated 1st edition. A Review Copy to boot, with the Doubleday Review Slip laid-in. Tight and Fine (with no writing or markings of any kind internally) in a crisp, price-intact, VG dustjacket, with light soiling and scuffing to the panels (and light ink at the rear panel). Octavo, part of Doubleday's "C. Eric Lincoln Series on Black Religion"

$50.00

Social Conditions of the Negro in The Hill District of Pittsburgh
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Social Conditions of the Negro in The Hill District of Pittsburgh

By Survey Conducted under the Direction of Ira De A. Reid

Pittsburgh: The General Committee on the Hill Survey, 1930. Cloth. Near Fine. A tight, very sharp copy of the 1930 1st edition. Clean and Near Fine in its dark-green cloth, with bright gilt-titling to the front panel and largely-faded lettering along the spine. Octavo, 117 pgs., deckled fore-edge. "Survey Conducted under the Direction of Ira De A. Reid, Director, Department of Research, The National Urban League"

$100.00

Ceremonial Spirit Possession in Africa and Afro-America: Forms, Meanings and Functional Significance for Individuals and Social Groups
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Ceremonial Spirit Possession in Africa and Afro-America: Forms, Meanings and Functional Significance for Individuals and Social Groups

By Sheila S. Walker

Leiden, Holland: E.J. Brill, 1972. Near Fine. A very solid copy of the 1972 1st edition. Tight and Near Fine in its orange cloth, with bright gilt-lettering to the front panel and lightly-faded lettering along the spine. Octavo, 174 pgs. plus bibliography.

$50.00

Up-Hill
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Up-Hill

By Else McKean

New York: Shady Hill Press, 1947. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Else McKean. A very sharp copy of the 1947 1st edition of this uncommon example of African-American juvenile literature. Clean and Near Fine in a crisp, price-intact, Near Fine dustjacket, with very light soiling along the rear panel. Slim octavo, nicely illustrated by the author herself.

$150.00

Our Negro Brother
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Our Negro Brother

By Edith H. Mayer

New York: Shady Hill Press, 1948. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Else McKean. A virtually pristine copy of the 1948 3rd printing of this uncommon example of African-American juvenile literature. Clean and Fine in a crisp, price-intact, Fine dustjacket. Octavo, nicely illustrated thruout by Else McKean. By any measure, a remarkably well-preserved copy.

$150.00

Soul on Ice
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Soul on Ice

By Eldridge Cleaver

New York: McGraw-Hill (A Ramparts Book), 1968. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. A crisp, lovely copy of the 1968 stated 1st edition. Tight and Near Fine in a bright, price-intact, Near Fine to Fine dustjacket. Internally immaculate as well, with no writing or markings of any kind. Octavo, virtually pristine. The sharpest copy this bookseller has seen.

$400.00

Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery
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Lay My Burden Down: A Folk History of Slavery

By B.A. Botkin, Ed

University of Chicago Press, 1945. Cloth. Very Good +/Very Good +. A crisp, very solid copy of the 1945 1st edition. Tight and VG+ (with a touch of offsetting at the endsheets and pastedowns) in a bright, price-intact, VG+ to Near Fine dustjacket, with a thin, light crease running vertically along the front panel and very light soiling to the rear panel. Octavo, 285 pgs., including a number of crisp black-and-white photos.

$100.00

Go and Tell Pharaoh: The Autobiography of the Reverend Al Sharpton
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Go and Tell Pharaoh: The Autobiography of the Reverend Al Sharpton

By Al Sharpton & Anthony Walton

New York: Doubleday, 1996. Cloth. Fine/Fine. INSCRIBED BY REVEREND SHARPTON IN YEAR-OF-PUBLICATION on the half-title. A pristine copy to boot of the 1996 stated 1st edition. Clean and Fine in a bright, price-intact, Fine dustjacket. Octavo, 276 pgs.

$100.00

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