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WHAT WALT WHITMAN MEANS TO THE NEGRO.
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WHAT WALT WHITMAN MEANS TO THE NEGRO.

By (Whitman, Walt). Miller, Kelly.

Philadelphia, PA: Walt Whitman Fellowship. 1895., 1895.. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in cream-colored printed self-wrappers. Pages 31-42. The bottom edges of the pages are very slightly darkened. All the edges of the last page are a bit darkened. Very good. <p>First separate printing.<p>"Walt Whitman Fellowship Papers: Second Year: 10. Philadelphia, November 1895". This address, which was the first notable comment by an African American about Whitman's significance, was delivered by Kelly at the Fellowship's Annual Meeting on May 31st 1895. It was originally published in July in the Conservator, a journal published by Horace Traubel who was instrumental in setting up the Fellowship.<p>Scientist Kelly Miller [1863-1939] was an African American mathematician, sociologist, essayist, newspaper columnist and author. He was an important figure in the intellectual life of black America for close to half a century.<p>Rare in commerce.

$75.00

PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA. Public Auction Sale 2171.  Thursday, February 26th, 2009.
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PRINTED & MANUSCRIPT AFRICAN AMERICANA. Public Auction Sale 2171. Thursday, February 26th, 2009.

By Swann Galleries.

New York: Swann Galleries, 2009., 2009.. Fine. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. Unpaginated. Profusely illustrated in color and black & white. Near fine. 432 items are listed and described in this illustrated auction catalog.

$20.00

LE NOIR: Morceaux Choisis de Vingt-Neuf Francais Celebres.
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LE NOIR: Morceaux Choisis de Vingt-Neuf Francais Celebres.

By Cook, W. Mercer.

New York: American Book Company, (1934)., (1934).. Good. - Octavo, dark gray cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & spine with a device in blind on the rear cover. The binding is lightly rubbed. The corners of the covers and the head & tail of the spine are lightly chipped & frayed. The gilt titling on the spine is partially rubbed away & there is some minor bubbling to the cloth of the front cover. x & 173 pages. Illustrated in black & white with a portrait frontispiece & 6 full-page portraits. The contents are clean & bright. Good. <p>First edition.<p>African American Mercer Cook was a 30-year-old Sorbonne-educated Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at Howard University when this, his first book, was published. He noted that while he found no other text book for students of French in "colored" schools, there was "a wealth of material on the subject of the colored man in French literature". He therefore set about assembling this collection of writings about black people by Montesquieu, Voltaire, Robespierre, Lafayette, De Tocqueville, Balzac, Hugo, Dumas, Maupassant and others. The illustrations include portraits of Toussaint L'Ouverture and Ira Aldridge, the great African American Shakespearean actor of the mid-19th century. Cook's introduction is in English. The rest of the text is in French.<p>Mercer Cook [1903-1987] was an African American diplomat and professor. His father Will Marion Cook was a famous composer and his mother Abbie Mitchell Cook was a soprano singer, best known for playing Clara in the 1935 premier production of "Porgy and Bess". Cook had a remarkable career. He held positions as a professor of French and Romance Languages at Atlanta University and Howard University, he studied in Paris and the West Indies and from 1943 to 1945 taught English at the University of Haiti. In the late 1950s he became active in international relations. President Kennedy appointed him Ambassador to the newly independent French African colony of Niger in 1961 and President Johnson subsequently named him U.S. Ambassador to The Gambia and Senegal.<p>Rare in commerce.

$250.00

FROM A NEW ENGLAND WOMAN'S DIARY IN DIXIE IN 1865

By Ames, Mary

Springfield, MA: 1906.. 1906.. Good. - Small octavo, blue cloth with a printed label on the front cover. The spine & extremities are lightly rubbed & a bit darkened with the head & tail of the spine chipped. There is a small area of light staining to the front cover & a small white stain to the rear cover. vi & 125 pages. Illustrated with a portrait frontispiece with a printed tissue guard. The page edges are darkened. Good. <p>First edition.<p>Mary Ames and Emily Bliss, two white northern school teachers, were employed by the Freedmen's Bureau and sent to South Carolina to open a school for the benefit of former slaves.<p>A leaf tipped-in at the front of the book states: This book is made and sold to benefit the Scholarship founded by the Springfield Hampton Club in memory of Elizabeth Mary Ames."

$35.00

NEW JERSEY AND THE NEGRO: A Bibliography, 1715-1966

By (Bibliography Committee of the New Jersey Library Association)

(Trenton, NJ): New Jersey Library Association, 1967.. 1967.. Good. - Small quarto, red cloth. Rubbed, the spine very heavily so. 196 pp. Ex- library with the usual markings & the word "discard" scrawled across the front & rear endpapers. Good. <p>First edition.

$10.00

U.S. NEGROES IN BATTLE: From Little Rock to Watts. (A Diary of Events--1957-1965)

By Jackson, James

Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1967.. 1967.. Good. - Octavo, bluish gray cloth titled in silver on spine & front cover, in dw. The covers are lightly bumped with the extremities slightly faded. The dw is rubbed & chipped with pieces out of the top & bottom edges & with a blank label mounted on the rear flap. 147 & [1] pp. There are 2 tiny stains to the last page of the text. Very good in a fair dw. <p>First edition.

$15.00

TRADITION AND CHANGE IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA: An Inquiry Approach

By Ford, Richard B

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., (1968).. (1968).. Very good. - Small quarto [approximatley 9-1/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial reddish brown wrappers. The binding is rubbed & bumped with a remnant of a price-sticker on the front wrap. viii, 86 & [2] pages. Illustrated with color maps & plans. The contents are very good. <p>Holt Social Studies Curriculum. General Editor Edwin Fenton.

$10.00

MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND

By Brown, Claude

New York: The Macmillan Company / London: Collier-Macmillan Limited, (1965).. (1965).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth, in a dust wrapper. The binding is lightly bumped. The edges of the dust jacket panels & flaps are somewhat darkened & there are some small stains to the jacket spine. 415 pages. Very good. <p>Fourth printing.<p>"I want to talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes. I want to talk about the experiences of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society....The characters are sons and daughters of former Southern share-croppers. These were the poorest people of the South, who poured into New York City during the decade following the Great Depression...." [From Brown's Foreword].

$10.00

THE NEGRO IN AMERICA: A Bibliography. With a Foreword by Thomas F. Pettigrew

By Miller, Elizabeth W.; compiler

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, (1968).. (1968).. Fine. - Octavo, tan cloth, in dw. The dw is slightly soiled. 190 pp. Near fine in a very good dw. <p>Third printing.

$10.00

AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY
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AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY

By Reed, Ishmael

Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, (1993).. (1993).. Fine. - Octavo, gray paper covered boards backed with black cloth titled in red on the spine, in a dust wrapper. xix & 284 pages. Fine. <p>First edition.<p>Inscribed by the author on the title: "for Len, / Thanks for the tremendous effort you've made on behalf of 'Airing Dirty Laundry' / I appreciate it / Cheers / Ishmael [Reed] / Mar 9, 1993".

$75.00

THE NEW AFRICANS: A Guide to the Contemporary History of Emergent Africa and Its Leaders. Written by Fifty Correspondents of Reuters News Agency

By Taylor, Sidney; editor

NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1967).. (1967).. Good. - Octavo, dark blue cloth titled in gilt, in dw. 504 pp. Profusely illustrated in B&W. Ex-library with stamps on top & bottom edges of the books, discard stamp on the front endpaper & a label removed from the dw spine. Good. <p>First American edition.

$15.00

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NEGRO MIGRATION

By Ross, Frank Alexander; and Kennedy, Louise Venable

NY: Burt Franklin, (1969).. (1969).. Fine. - Octavo, cloth titled in gilt. Very lightly rubbed. 251 pp. Near fine. <p>A reprint of the original 1934 edition.

$40.00