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THE PALM-WINE DRINKARD: And His Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Dead's Town; [Review copy with publisher's slip laid in]

by Tutuola, Amos

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New York: Grove Press, (1953). First U.S. edition of the Nigerian author's first and best-known book. Based in part on old, local Yoruba folk-tales. Praised by Dylan Thomas as "brief, thronged, grisly and bewitching" (dust jacket flap), it was written in English and first published in London in 1952. 8vo green cloth-backed orange paper boards; spine lettered in white… Read more about this item
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ARROW OF GOD
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ARROW OF GOD

by Achebe, Chinua

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New York: John Day, (1967). First U.S. edition. SIGNED BY ACHEBE on the title page. Final book in his acclaimed African trilogy. Winner of the first-ever Jock Campbell/New Statesman Prize for African writing. Near fine to fine with gilt spine lettering just slightly dulled; in near fine dust jacket with light shelf wear. Scarce signed.
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LES BLANCS: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry; [inscribed by her husband]
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LES BLANCS: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry; [inscribed by her husband]

by Hansberry, Lorraine; Robert Nemiroff, editor

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New York: Random House, (1972). First edition. Posthumous collection of three plays: "Les Blancs," "The Drinking Gourd," and "What Use Are Flowers." Edited and with critical backgrounds on each play by Nemiroff, her husband. Introduction by Julius Lester. INSCRIBED on front endpaper by Nemiroff, "July 1972/ To Bob & Ellie -/ who gave so much./ In friendship and appreciation./… Read more about this item
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LOVE

by Morrison, Toni

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2003
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New York: Knopf, 2003. First edition. The Nobel Prize-winning author's eighth novel. SIGNED ON PUBLISHER'S BOOKPLATE affixed to half title page. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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THE ANTILLES: Fragments of Epic Memory

by Walcott, Derek

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1993). First edition of his 1992 Nobel Prize lecture. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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ALL OUR NAMES

by Mengestu, Dinaw

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(London): Septre, (2014). First UK edition. SIGNED by Mengestu on the title page. "....a transfixing portrait of love and grace, self-determination, and the names we are given and the names we earn" -- from the dust jacket flap. 8vo gilt-stamped black cloth boards; 256 pages. Fine in fine gold-foil dust jacket with barest wear.
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REPORT FROM PART ONE and REPORT FROM PART TWO; [Two volumes of memoirs, BOTH SIGNED]
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REPORT FROM PART ONE and REPORT FROM PART TWO; [Two volumes of memoirs, BOTH SIGNED]

by Brooks, Gwendolyn

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Detroit / Chicago: Broadside Press / Third World Press, (1972 / 1996). First edition of each volume. The first one, "REPORT FROM PART ONE," IS INSCRIBED on the half-title page, "For Richard and Joan, Warm regards!/ Sincerely,/ Gwendolyn Brooks"; and the second one, "REPORT FROM PART TWO," IS SIGNED TWICE in green ink (on title and half-title pages). Collectively… Read more about this item
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AN ANTHOLOGY OF VERSE BY AMERICAN NEGROES: Edited with a Critical Introduction, Biographical Sketches of the Authors, and Bibliographical Notes; [Spine title: POETRY BY AMERICAN NEGROES]
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AN ANTHOLOGY OF VERSE BY AMERICAN NEGROES: Edited with a Critical Introduction, Biographical Sketches of the Authors, and Bibliographical Notes; [Spine title: POETRY BY AMERICAN NEGROES]

by White, Newman Ivey, and Walter Clinton Jackson, editors

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1924
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Durham: Trinity College Press, 1924. First edition. Collection of poetry by Black authors edited by self-described "Southern white men" with biographical sketches that occasionally (and inexplicably) include home addresses (Countee Cullen, 234 West 131 St., NY; Jessie Redmond [sic] Fauset, 69 Fifth Ave., NY, etc.). Includes poems by and biographical sketches of Phyllis Wheatly (3), George Moses Horton (2),… Read more about this item
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A RAP ON RACE
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A RAP ON RACE

by Baldwin, James, and Margaret Mead

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Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., (1971). First edition. The remarkable transcript of 7.5 hours of dialogue conducted over two days in August 1970 between the famed author(s) and anthropologist that still resonates today. Often heart-achingly so. Baldwin speaking on police violence: "The police in this country make no distinction between a Black Panther or a black lawyer or my… Read more about this item
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TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
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TALKIN' ABOUT BESSIE: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

by Grimes, Nikki; E. B. Lewis, illustrated by

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New York: Orchard Books / Scholastic Inc., (2002). First edition. Children's book about the determination and struggles of Bessie Coleman [1892 - 1926], the first Black woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license in the U.S. and first Black person to hold an international pilot's license. INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE BY BOTH AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR, "For… Read more about this item
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WE CAN'T BREATHE

by Fair, Ronald

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1972
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New York: Harper & Row, 1972. First edition. An autobiographical novel. "Only a handful of black writers have revealed their lives so completely, so devastatingly as Ronald Fair does in this book. The result is overwhelming--funny, sad, eloquent...."-- from the dust jacket flap. Fine in fine dust jacket with few mild creases to head of spine.
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BELOVED

by Morrison, Toni

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London: Chatto & Windus, n-d [1987]. First UK edition. Advance reading copy in glossy pictorial paperwraps with front cover mimicking the eventual dust jacket design but with "A magnificent novel of freedom, and the freedom to love" at top, small black-and-white photo of Morrison near center, and "Uncorrected Proof" at bottom. Rear cover text notes publication date "12 October… Read more about this item
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LENA

by Horne, Lena, and Richard Schickel

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1965
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Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1965. First edition. "...from her 'debut' at the old Cotton Club in New York to her resounding triumphs on TV .... includes a candid discussion of her own responses to the issues of civil rights....and some marvelous anecdotes concerning the many celebrities she has known and worked with." -- dust jacket flap. Near fine… Read more about this item
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ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY FOUNDERS' DAY KEEPSAKE: Eta Pi Zeta Chapter, Montgomery County, Maryland

ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY FOUNDERS' DAY KEEPSAKE: Eta Pi Zeta Chapter, Montgomery County, Maryland

by (Hurston, Zora Neale)

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[No-place: No-publisher], 2003. Small keepsake card celebrating the "Founders' Day / Finer Womanhood Celebration" held on February 1, 2003. 5.5 x 4.25" thin white cardstock printed in blue on one side only with text in two blocks on a snowflake-design background. 2003 Zora Neale Hurston 37 cent stamp secured in plastic at upper right corner. "Novelist, folklorist and antrhopologist… Read more about this item
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A SIMPLE MATTER OF JUSTICE: The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Story
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A SIMPLE MATTER OF JUSTICE: The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Story

by Radcliffe, Florence J.

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Pompano Beach, FL: Exposition Press, (1985). First edition. Written by an educator, administrator and past president of the PW YWCA, this history of the independent Young Womens Christian Association of Washington DC founded by and for black women chronicles its struggles with the all-white National Capital YWCA at the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. INSCRIBED… Read more about this item
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BILLY THE GREAT

by Guy, Rosa

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New York: Delacorte Press, (1992). First U.S. edition. Originally published in the UK in 1991. This wonderful story of a boy growing up with a mind of his own is beautifully illustrated by Caroline Binch. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY LANGSTON HUGHES TO EUGENE WEINTRAUB, WEINTRAUB MUSIC COMPANY: About publication of Swanson's musical compositions of Hughes' poems,

TYPED LETTER SIGNED BY LANGSTON HUGHES TO EUGENE WEINTRAUB, WEINTRAUB MUSIC COMPANY: About publication of Swanson's musical compositions of Hughes' poems, "Pierrot" and "In Time of Silver Rain.

by Hughes, Langston, (Howard Swanson, Carl Van Vechten, Eugene Weintraub)

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1951)
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(New York, 1951). First edition. One page on Hughes' personal, printed letterhead watermarked "Old Edgeland Bond." Dated May 8, 1951, it reads in part, "Carl Van Vechten showed me copies of Swanson's 'IN TIME OF SILVER RAIN' and 'PIERROT' the other day, which I had not seen before. I'd love to have a few complimentary copies for my files,… Read more about this item
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I HAVE CHANGED; (
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I HAVE CHANGED; ("A Shockingly Personal Statement in a Tragically Impersonal Time"--dust jacket front)

by Owens, Jesse, with Paul Neimark

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1972
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New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1972. First edition. Review copy with publisher's review slip indicating publication date of August 26, 1972, and promo letter laid in reading in part, "Thirty-six years after his humiliation of Hitler, Jesse Owens has been invited by the German government to be a guest at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, beginning August… Read more about this item
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INVISIBLE MAN
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INVISIBLE MAN

by Ellison, Ralph

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(1952)
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New York: Random House, (1952). First edition. His National Award-winning first book. Ranked 19th on the Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century and one of Time Magazine's 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Anthony Burgess called it "a masterpiece." Crisp and near fine with just a faint shadow from item… Read more about this item
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THE UNCALLED: A Novel

THE UNCALLED: A Novel

by Dunbar, Paul Laurence

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1901
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New York: International Association of Newspapers and Authors, 1901. Second edition or printing, presumably from the Dodd, Mead sheets, as their ads are bound in at end. His first novel, curiously, about whites. Grayish-tan cover with decorations and lettering in pale blue outlined in black. Few specks of foxing to covers and the barest wear on corners, otherwise bright… Read more about this item
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