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Rare African American Studies Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

From signed autobiographies of Frederick Douglass to incredibly moving first edition copies of books by Langston Hughes, there are some truly astounding books in the rare African American History books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. Some of the books featured below serve as a stark reminder of some of the more depressing parts of American history, and others serve as a testament to human resiliency and spirit. Be sure to look through some of the best books Biblio has to offer below.

Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. performed by order of the Government of the United States, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke [sic]. Published from the official report by LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and William CLARK (1770-1838)

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814. Quarto. (10 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches). Half-title, 1p. publisher's advertisement at end. 1 folding engraved map by Neele, five engraved plans on 3 plates. (Worm track to outer blank margins of leaves from 4E1…

From Donald Heald Rare Books


Science: The Negro's Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America. by Sheets, Millard

Washington, D.C., ca. 1939.. Conté crayon drawing on Illustraton board. 14.5 x 10.5 inches on board 20 x 15 inches. Authenticated by the artist's son, Tony Sheets, on the verso. One of four drawings for murals at the Department of the Interior in Washi…

From Alan Wofsy Fine Arts


Chinese Art of World Renown by Stanley Charles Nott

USA: The Record press, Inc. St AugustineFlorida, 1944. first. S. Very Good. Numbered edition: . no. 14 An Illustrated Record of the Stanley Charles Nott collection of Chinese Jades co 257 and signed An Illustrated Annotation on the Working and Dating of…

From Bredie Books


A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade; Addressed to the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Yorkshire by WILBERFORCE,William

Octavo, 23.0 x 15.0 cm, uncut in the original sheets, stab holes, pp.(2) +396 + (4), printing flaw on page 276 affecting part of the text on 11 lines, publishers adverts dated December 1806, advert leaves browned, an excellent copy, a remarkable survival …

From Hamish Riley-Smith Rare Books


The Snowy Day by Keats, Jack Ezra

New York: Viking Press, 1963. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on half-title page - " For Dana Ericson - best wishes Ezra Jack Keats". Stated Second printing February, 1963, with Caldecott Award medal front panel, $3.00 price with Caldecott mentio…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


Candle-Lightin' Time by Dunbar, Paul Laurence

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1901. First Edition. Near Fine. First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Laurence Dunbar on the front free endpaper. Bound in publisher's green cloth with elaborate stamping to upper board and spine; with title…

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA



Washington, D.C. And Nottoway County, Virginia: Unpublished, 1865. A remarkably significant pairing of two original Nottoway County, Virginia documents. The pair of documents tell an interesting narrative that foreshadows both the failure of Reconstruct…

From Tennyson Williams, Books and Fine Art


Printed letter, signed in ink, to the Governor of New York (DeWitt Clinton), dated February 16th, 1826. by H. Johnson

No Binding. Very Good. Printed letter, signed in ink, from H. Johnson, Governor of Louisiana, to the Governor of New York (DeWitt Clinton), dated February 16th, 1826, stating that the state of Louisiana rejects Ohio's plan for the gradual emancipation of…

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.


MITIGATION OF SLAVERY, In Two Parts. Part I: Letters and Papers of the Late Hon. Joshua Steele. Part II: Letters to Thomas Clarkson, Esq. M.A. by DICKSON, William, Joshua Steele & Thomas Clarkson.:

London, printed by R. and A. Taylor and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814.. FIRST EDITION in two parts, complete,1814, 8vo, approximately 215 x 135 mm, 8½ x 5 ¼ inches, pages: xxxii, 1-192; 193-528 including index and errata, bound in…

From Roger Middleton


THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PAPERS, Vols. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. (SIGNED) by Washington, Booker T; Edited by Louis R. Harlan & Raymond W. al

Urbana, Il: University of Illinois Press, 1972. 1st Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 10 Volumes (lacking vols. 1, 2, 6, 14) beige cloth, SIGNED 1st eds (1972-1984) all in Very Good (a few small chips / tears) Dust Jacket…

From Frey Fine Books


Substance of the Debates on a Resolution for Abolishing the Slave Trade, which was moved to the House of Commons on the 10th June 1806, and in the House of Lords On the 24th June, 1806. With an Appendix, Containing Notes and Illustrations. by Slavery

Slavery. House of Commons & House of Lords. Substance of the Debates on a Resolution for Abolishing the Slave Trade, which was moved to the House of Commons on the 10th June 1806, and in the House of Lords On the 24th June, 1806. With an Appendix, Contain…

From G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB


Letter from a Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King

New York: The Limited Editions Club. New. 2008. Limited Edition. Hardcover. This book honors the memory and sacrifice of Dr Martin Luther King jr. While confined in a dank Southern jail cell, King wrote one of the most important documents in American hi…

From Rare Collections


The Conjure Woman by Chesnutt, Charles W

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1899. Near Fine, tiny rubs to cloth at corners, the bookplate of L. S. Alexander Gumby front paste down. The author's first book, which includes seven folk tales told …

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


(Association Copy) Daddy Was a Number Runner by Meriwether, Louise; Foreword by James Baldwin

New York: Prentice Hall, 1970. SCARCE Association Copy, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at front end page -"to Janet Saxe, Best of Luck Teaching Black Literature. Louise Meriwether April 1972". Louise Meriwether (born1923) is an African-American…

From Dale Steffey Books, ABAA


A Sure Foundation & A Sketch of Negro Life in Texas by Jackson, A. W

Houston: A. W. Jackson, 1940. First Edition. 8vo, [ii], I-VI, [8], 2-644, [4]pp. Illustrated with photographs throughout. Original green cloth stamped in gilt. Very good with some light wear to edges of boards and toning to page block. Greater Zion Churc…

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