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1 (Chesnutt, Charles Waddell). Keller, Frances Richardson AN AMERICAN CRUSADE: The Life of Charles Waddell Chesnutt
(Provo, Utah): Brigham Young University Press, (1978). 0842408376 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in maroon cloth with gilt lettering; in a near fine, lightly rubbed photo-pictorial dust jacket. 304 pages. 
"A thorough, well-documented study that should counter the underestimation and neglect of this important figure in American literature and race relations."--Sterling A. Brown. Illustrated with photographs. Bibliographical references and index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 (DuBois, W.E.B.) Marable, Manning W.E.B. DuBois: Black Radical Democrat
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1986). 0805777504 / 9780805777505 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine; without dust jacket, as issued. 285 pages; notes and sources; bibliography; and index. 
Twayne's Twentieth Century American Biography Series No. 3. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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3 (Higginson, Thomas Wentworth). Tuttleton, James W. THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1978). 0805772367 / 9780805772364 First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in pebbled blue cloth with gilt titles and devices to the front cover and spine; no dust jacket. 172 pages; notes and references; selected bibliography; and index. Twayne's United States Authors Series #313. 
Critical introduction to Higginson who was a militant abolitionist, colonel of the first regiment of black volunteers in the Civil War, an ordained minister who revolted against the doctrines of Unitarianism, and a nineteenth-century man of letters. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 (Himes, Chester). Sallis, James CHESTER HIMES: A Life
New York: Walker & Co., (2001). 0802713629 / 9780802713629 First U.S. edition: Uncorrected proof. Proof. Fine in glossy pictorial wraps. 
First published in the U.K. in 2000 by Payback Press. "In this major literary biography, acclaimed poet, critic, and novelist James Sallis explores Himes' life like never before."--publisher's blurb. Illustrated with photographs. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 (Joe, Yolanda). Garland, Ardella HIT TIME
New York: Simon and Schuster, (2002). 0684873761 / 9780684873763 First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine illlustrated dust jacket. Jacket cover art by Sergio Barradat. 
Yolando Joe, the author of BEBE'S BY GOLLY WOW, here presents the second mystery featuring T.V. reporter Georgia Barnett written under the pen name of Ardella Garland. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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6 (Jones, Leroi). Baraka, Imamu Amiri KAWAIDA STUDIES: The New Nationalism
Chicago, Illinois: Third World Press, (1972) First edition, first printing: Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Very nearly fine in illustrated yellow and brown stapled wraps with titles printed in black. 55 pages of essays that are direct interpretations of the doctrine (political philosophy and religion) of Kawaida, the formal teachings of Maulana Karenga. 
Baraka is an American dramatist, poet and novelist, who has explored the experience and anger of African-Americans. In the 1960s, his works became progressively more radical and involved with issues of racial and national identity. An elusive title. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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7 (Jones, Leroi). Baraka, Imamu Amiri THE MOTION OF HISTORY And Other Plays
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1978. 0688082726 / 9780688082727 First edition, first printing: Trade paperback issue. Dated inscription, SIGNED by the author! Trade Paperback. First four pages trimmed shorter than the rest of the text (production flaw?), minor edge wear, else near fine, possibly unread in illustrated wraps. Octavo. 225 pages. 
Collects three previously unpublished plays: "The Motion of History"; "Slave Ship"; and "S-1". Introduction by the author, programs notes, and glossaries. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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8 (Van DerZee, James). Haskins, Jim JAMES VAN DERZEE: The Picture Takin' Man
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1979). 0396076785 / 9780396076780 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in black cloth with silver spine stamping; in a lightly worn, near fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
Based on numerous interviews with Van DerZee and liberally illustrated with some of his best work, this is an intimate portrait of the black photographer who was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. 256 pages, indexed. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 (Washington, Booker T.) Scott, Emmett J. and Stowe, Lyman Beecher BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: Builder of a Civilization
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1916. B0008586O4 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Mild bump to spine crown, a lovely near fine, in green cloth with gilt lettering and rules to spine, gilt top-edge, fore-edge untrimmed; no dust jacket. Tall octavo. Illustrated from photographs. 
"We have simply sought to present and interpret the chief phases of the life of this man who rose from a slave boy to be the leader of ten millions of people and to take his place for all time among America's great men."--preface. 331 pages. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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10 (Work, Monroe Nathan). McMurry, Linda O. RECORDER OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: A Biography of Monroe Nathan Work
Baton Rouge and London: Louisiana State University Press, (1986). 0807111716 / 9780807111710 Third printing. Hardcover. Fine, in tan-gray cloth with black spine lettering; in a photo-pictorial dust jacket that shows a tiny closed tear to lower rear panel but that is otherwise fine. 154 pages, including index. 
Though less celebrated than contemporaries W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington, Work devoted his life to improving the life of black Americans--he was a disciple of DuBois and a colleague of Washington's, and worked for 30 years at Tuskegee Institute. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 (Wright, Richard). Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. & Appiah, K.A. RICHARD WRIGHT: Critical Perspectives Past and Present
New York: Amistad, (1993). 1567430147 / 9781567430141 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. One of six volumes of literary criticism launching the Amistad Literary series, which is devoted to literary fiction and criticism by and about African Americans. 
Collects reviews by Wright's contemporaries and essays by present-day scholars, treating Wright's groundbreaking fiction, autobiography and non-fiction. Contributors include Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Trilling, Sinclair Lewis, and many others. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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12 (Wright, Richard). Miller, Eugene E. VOICE OF A NATIVE SON: The Poetics of Richard Wright
Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, (1990). Second printing. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. 
Examines the underlying artistic consciousness that shaped Wright's life and career in both his published and unpublished works. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 Abrahams, Peter A WREATH FOR UDOMO
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1956. First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, fresh, virtually as-new, in brilliant pictorial cloth with striking image of an orange African continent consumed in blue flames; in a lightly edgeworn, age-darkened illustrated dust jacket. Typography, binding and jacket design by Herbert Bayer. 
"Probably the most perceptive novel that has been written about the complex interplay between British imperialism and African nationalism and tribalism."--Saturday Review. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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14 Abrahams, Peter WILD CONQUEST
New York: Harper & Brothers, (1950). First edition. Fatigue green cloth with spine lettering in silver. Hardcover. Former owner's name and notation in ink to the front endpaper, else a near fine copy; in a price-clipped and shelfworn pictorial dust jacket with small chips and nicks to the spine ends and flap folds, and several edge tears and associated creases. 
An historical novel of the Great Trek in South Africa. "Abrahams is regarded as a pivotal figure in the literary heritage of South Africa. The examination of South African political development unifies his work."--THE ESSENTIAL BLACK LITERATURE GUIDE. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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15 Abruquah, J.W. THE CATECHIST
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, (1965). B0007J0LDU First edition, first printing. Mild offsetting to endsheets, ownership name and date to front endsheet, else fine, in bright, orange-red cloth with gilt spine titling; in an age-toned, and lightly edgeworn, near fine illustrated dust jacket. 
Abruquah broke into the literary market of 1960s Ghana with this autobiographical first novel, an account of the narrow religious environment into which he was born. (Douglas Killam and Ruth Rowe). With an introduction by Elspeth Huxley. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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16 Andrews, Bert and Harrison, Paul IN THE SHADOW OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY: Images From The Black Theatre
(New York, NY): Thunder's Mouth Press, (1989). 0938410814 / 9780938410812 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A hint of rubbing to the lower shelf-edges, near fine in black linen over grey boards with silver titles to the spine; in a near fine dust jacket with mild creases to the upper shelf edge and one very short edge tear. Quarto. 150 pages. 
SIGNED by the author/photographer Bert Andrews to the title page. The marvelous photographs document the history of Black theater from 1957-1984. It is a unique record that reveals in awesome variety, vibrancy, and passion, Black theater in America. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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New York: Random House, (1993). 0679427430 / 9780679427438 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in maroon cloth over red-brown boards; in a fine, illustrated dust jacket. 
Words of wisdom and inspiration from one of America's most beloved living poets and author of I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS. Published shortly after her reading at the inauguration of President Clinton. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 Attaway, William BLOOD ON THE FORGE
Chatham, New Jersey: The Chatham Bookseller, (1969). Reprint. Hardcover. Lower spine lightly bumped forming a small horizontal crease, otherwise a near fine copy in maroon cloth with the spine lettered in gilt; no dust jacket. 
A facsimile edition of the original 1941 Doubleday, Doran & Company issue. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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19 Baldwin, James THE DEVIL FINDS WORK
New York: The Dial Press, 1976. 0803719167 / 9780803719163 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, unread in maroon boards; in a fine illustrated dust jacket. 122 pages. 
Baldwin reacts to films he has seen in his life, from childhood memories watching Joan Crawford in Harlem, to provocative interpretations of the biggest hits of the sixties and seventies. He asks us to confront what the films reveal about our culture. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Barnes, Steven BLOOD BROTHERS
New York: Tor / A Tom Doherty Associates Book, (1996). 0312857071 / 9780312857073 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
"Dark fantasy novel of ancient African sorcery and contemporary racism."--Locus. "An absorbing, ironic, and sometimes genuinely wrenching tale."--Kirkus. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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