African American Studies
Columbia, MD: C. H. Fairfax Company Publishers, 1989. Paperback. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Black paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and to spine. Minor rubbing and creasing to exterior. Ex libris with writing in pen to top corner and bottom of front free end page. Inscription from author to front free end page. Else is clean and bright. 203 pages. AFRAM/120716. Very Good.
Atlanta: Scholars Press, (1988). Paperback. Number 60 from the American Academy of Religion Academy Series. Fine in black and whitel paper wrappers with green title to front wrapper and and white title to black spine. Pristine interior. "A pioneering and multi-dimensional work, Black Womanist Ethics is at once a study in ethics, gender, and race." 183 pages. WOM/032317. Fine.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1939. Hardcover. Ex-library with call number sticker to spine, stamp to title page, and pockets to rear covers. Bound in blueish gray cloth boards with faded gilt title to spine. Dust jacket flaps are adhered to front endpapers. Clean interior aside from library markings. 473 pages. AFRAM/082516. Good.
Boston: Marshall Jones Co., 1925. Hardcover. Very Good /Very Good. 8vo. In black cloth covered boards with light blue title stamp to cover and spine. Illustrated b/w DJ has a few tears to spine and edges. Interior is mostly clean with many b/w illustrations. Endpapers are slightly yellowed. BLA/022104. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Chilton Company, 1962. Hardcover. First Edition. Inscribed, "For Barry with all the best Hal July 7, 1966." The book is inscribed to Barry Zorthian, the U.S. spokesman in Saigon during the Vietnam War. The book is about a wandering Black minstrel. It is written by an author who wrote extenisvely about African and American Black folklore and music. Bound in grey cloth with title and author in black to spine. In brown dustjacket with title and author on spine and front cover, and illustration of man on front. Some chipping and bumping. In very good condition. 118 pages. LIT/011513. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
[United House of Prayer], 1968. Hardcover. First Edition of this scarce book on the founding and growth of the United House of Prayer for All People between January 1960 and August 1967. The church was founded by Bishop C. M. Grace, known to his followers as Sweet Daddy Grace. After a brief chapter on Sweet Daddy Grace, the book's primary focus is on The Most Honorable Bishop W. McCollough, his successor. McCollough became known as Sweet Daddy McCollough after his rise to leadership. His accomplishments and the spread of the church throughout the country are documented, and there are photos of him over time as well as pictures of the many churches founded in various cities. Bound in black cloth with title to spine and front board. Lettering slightly faded. Slight bumping and very small goudge to cloth on back cover, but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and bright except for residue from paper clips on table of contents page and rear pastedown, and a few remnants from item glued to corner of page 94. 100 pages. REL/072412. Very Good.
Boston: Meador Publishing Company, . Hardcover. A charming and humorous semi-autobiographical book of stories by an African-American writer who went to Puerto Rico to teach. The pieces recount her misconceptions before she arrived and various adventures during her stay. Bound in bright red cloth with gilt title and author to front cover and spine. Some slight bumping but in very good condition. Interior pages are clean and tightly bound. No dj. 102 pages. LIT/052710. Very Good.
Baltimore: Gateway Press Inc, 1999. Hardcover. Fine in navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Clean, bright interior. In light blue dust jacket with black title to spine and front cover. Light soiling to jacket and closed tear with small loss to foot of spine of jacket. 484 pages. POE/090315. Fine / Very Good.
Columbia, S.C. The State Company, 1925. Hardcover. Second edition (the book was first published in 1888). A collection of sixty-one myths including: "How Come buh Alligatur Nebber Sleep fur from de Ribber Bank", "Buh Wolf, buh Rabbit an de Tar Baby", "Buh Rocoon an buh Possum", "De Dyin Bull-Frog", "De Fiddler, buh Tiger, an buh Bear," and many more. Bound in the original maroon cloth with gilt title to front cover and spine. Endpapers and pastedowns darkened, residue on the pastedowns from removed protective wrapper, and foxing to fore-edge of textblock; otherwise bright and clean, without dust jacket. 192 pages. AFAMER/102116. Very Good.
Washington DC: Associated Publishers, Inc., . Hardcover. Scarce first edition. Author Robert Kerlin (1866-1950) was a well known educator and liberal who was a prominent advocate for racial equality and supporter of civil rights. This and his previous book, The Voice of the Negro," were published during the Harlem Renaissance - the African-American intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s. In his preface to this book Kerlin writes: "While...I have passed in review the poetry of the Negro up to and including Dunbar...strictly speaking this is a representation of new Negro voices, and anthology of present-day Negro verse, with biographical items and...critical comment." While there are well-known names such as Dunbar, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes, many of the poets featured are not. Bound in green cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. With bumping, rubbing and small chips to spine edges. The interior hinges are loose but the text block is still holding. A previous owner made a close study of this book, making extensive notes in pencil on the free endpapers and annotations in the margins of several poems. Ink ownership signature of another previous owner on front and rear pastedowns. With a number of black and white illustrations of the poets. Still a nice copy of this contemporary study of African-American poetry. 285 pages. AFRICANAMER/120518. Very Good -.
Chicago: Lydia's School of Beauty Culture, 1945. Paperback. Rare African-American ephemera item. This is the program for the 1945 commencement exercises at the Chicago School of Beauty Culture founded in 1936 by Lydia B. Adams. Starting that year with five students, the school grew rapidly, and the 1945 class had 225 graduates. The sixteen page program includes photos of the graduates and instructors, and several pages of ads for various Chicago businesses. In yellow paper wraps with title and photograph on front cover. Soiling to covers which are partially separated from spine. Internior pages have light aging. Very good condition. Unpaginated. African American History. AFRAM/040313. Very Good in Wraps.
Chicago: Third World Publishing, 1994. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Inscribed By Author. 8vo. SCARCE SIGNED COPY. In blue cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. In illustrated blue DJ. Interior clean and bright. Inscribed in black ink on the half title page.272pp. BLA/063006. Very Good Plus in Very Good Plus dj.
New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1922. Hardcover. First American edition. Winner of the Prix Goncourt. "A pioneering work that instituted the modern school of Negritude" (Blockson/ A Commented Bibliography 61). Original green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover. Spine titling is very faded and there is are a few small discolored spots on spine. Very good, without dust jacket. Interior has previous owner's name in ink to front free endpaper, but is clean overall. 207 pages. LIT/101716. Very Good.
New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 1929. Paper Wrappers. Thin 4to. In tan paper side-stapled wrappers with dark brown title print and illustration to front. Only slight wear to wrappers. Interior is very clean and bright filled with sheet music and lyrics. Small closed tear to bottom of all pages (less than 1 inch) 15pp. BLA/042806. Very Good.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, (1951). Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with red and black title to spine panel. Ex-libris with call number to foot of spine, stamp to front free end page, and pocket and due date slip to rear free end page and paste down. Small amount of white paint to bottom corner of front board. Else is clean and bright. Index, 340 pages. African American History. AFRAM/120516. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1930. Third printing. Uncommon. Inscribed by both Paul Robeson and his wife, the author Eslanda Robeson in 1931 on half-title. Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was one of the major public figures of the 20th century. He was famous for his cultural accomplishments as a singer and actor, his athletic abilities, and his political activism. He became active in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. In 1921 he married Eslanda Goode (1895-1965). She also had many accomplishments as an anthropologist, actor, civil rights activist, and author. The Robeson's had a complicated marriage, made more difficult by his multiple affairs. This biography of him was her first book. Supposedly Robeson was deeply angered by the way he was depicted as lazy, immature, and in need of her. Despite all, their marriage endured until her death in 1965. Bound in reddish-brown cloth with gilt titling to spine. Covers and spine are bumped, chipped, and worn. Interior pages very good with aging to paper and a few brown spots and chipped fore-edges. Several b&w illustrations of Robeson throughout. Despite flaws a very desirable copy with the two inscriptions. 178 pages. AFRIAMER/120518.
St. Louis: n.p., 1946. Paperback. Very good in original green wrappers w/black cloth binding to hinges which is lightly frayed along edges, spine is exposed. Wrappers are somewhat scuffed and lightly darkened near the edges. Interior is yellowed but clean (except for pen mark on verso of page in middle of textblock); text is one-sided, 155 pp. Tightly bound small 4to. Black Studies. BLA/6063. Very Good.