New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1874. Hardcover. Hampton School was an early school for African Americans in Virginia. Exlibrary with sticker to spine. Original green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Dampstaining to front cover and bubbling to cloth. Previous owner signature in pen to top of title page. Fold-out frontispiece illustration is present but in two pieces. Includes several other illustrations. Old newspaper article circa 1900 titled "The Negro Problem" by F.P. Dunne pasted down to rear free endpapers. Aricle titled "Echoes of Hampton" pasted down to front endpaper. Pencil notation "Presented to Highland Park College by Rev J.C. Burell August 18, 1884" to front endpaper. Songs include musical scores and lyrics. Occasional soiling to interior and occasional pencil underlining, but clean overall. A good reading copy. 256 pages. AFRAM/031819. Good.
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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.
Rockford, IL: by the author, 1902. Hardcover. Illustrated. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine, which reads "The Rescue of Kansas from Slavery with False Claims Corrected." Minor sunning to spine and edges of boards. Slight bumping to corners. Inscription across title page "Alonzo J. Tullock compliments of an old friend, M.L.B." and beneath "From one of my oldest and very best friends I prize this book highly. A.J. Tullock. March 14, 1903." Bookplate of A.J. Tullock to front pastedown. Tullock (? - 1904) was an engineer from Illinois who later owned the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. Small closed tear to bottom of title page and small open tear to facing tissue guard. Last 60 pages of second title appear to be printed on a different paper stock and are browned. A few dog eared pages. Occasional spots of smudges and foxing, but clean overall. 204 pages / 160 pages. AMER/022019. 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.
Nashville, TN: The A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 1957. Hardcover. Full black leather boards with gilt title "A.M.E. Discipline 1956" to spine and front cover. Gilt name of Rev. R.R. Stokes to front cover. Penned name "Stokes" to fore-edge of textblock. Pen markings to endpapers, else clean. Repair to interior front hinge. 626 pages. Size: 6 x 4 inches. REL/041619. Very 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.
New Haven: Institute of Human Relations / Yale University Press, 1937. Hardcover. Signed by the author. Ex-library. "This book is an attempt to give a dynamic view of social life in a small town in the deep South. It represents a convergent use of several methods on the same problem and may therefore have interest for such diverse specialists as the social psychologist, sociologist, social worker, adn psychoanalyst. The attention of the intelligent general reader who wishes a deeper understanding of American social life is hoped for, as it is in all such researches" (preface). Dark gray cloth boards with gilt title to spine and old library sticker to foot of spine. Minor wear and rubbing to boards, spine, and edges. Bookplate of M.C. Carroll Davis to front pastedown. Pen marking to title page and library slip to rear endpaper. 502 pages. AFAMER/122018. 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.
Louis C. Fields, 1996. Paperback. SCARCE. Includes a large section on African American attractions and historical sites in the entire state, a list of freedom fighters with brief biographie, a long list of African American businesses and services, lots of ads, and more. Fine in black paper wrappers with red title to spine and front panel. Clean and bright. 128 pages. BALT/031819. Fine.
Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1956. Hardcover. First Edition. "The sources for this stimulating and original book, which will provoke a good deal of discussion, include unpublished papers in private collections and government archives as well as local memoirs and correspondence, Southern newspapers and journals of the time, and eye-witness accounts of visitors. From this material, Professor Franklin has drawn the evidence for his argument that something in ante-bellum Southern society made possible there a more aggressive and violent response to the demands of the world than existed elsewhere in America - a bellicosity for which the reader of this book may discover analogies in the South of our own day" (jacket). In red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Previous ownership signature and notes to endpapers and title page, and half title page. Underlining in pen to interior. In black and red dust jacket with white title to spine and front panels. Non-archival tape has been used to reinforce edges and corners of jacket, and it has yellowed. A few short closed tears to edges of jacket. Minor wear, scuffing, and rubbing to jacket. Foxing to interior of jacket. 315 pages. AFAMER/122618. Very Good / Good.
Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston, 1991. Hardcover. Ex-library from the Library of Congress with stamp to front endpaper. Tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Bumping to foot of spine. Filled with photographic illustrations. 187 pages. Massachusetts State History AFAMER/122018. 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.