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JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

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"ARGUABLY THE CENTRAL TEXT OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE AND BY MOST RECKONINGS ONE OF THE DOZEN KEY DOCUMENTS THAT BEST REFLECT THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE"

(JOHNSON, James Weldon). Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Boston, 1912.

First edition of the anonymously published work that sparked the Harlem Renaissance, the only novel by Johnson, considered the father of the African American literary tradition, widely praised as the "link between 19th and 20th African American narratives… as an important revision of the slave narrative and a forerunner of black protest fiction." $4500.

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"ONE OF THE MOST COMMANDING FIGURES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE": FIRST EDITION OF GOD'S TROMBONES, 1927, INSCRIBED BY JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

JOHNSON, James Weldon. God's Trombones. New York, 1927.

First edition of Johnson's "major contribution to the Harlem Renaissance of black American writing," inscribed by him, "For Miss J— Sincerely James Weldon Johnson," his volume of seven sermons in verse, including "Creation," "Let My People Go," and his lead sermon in verse, "Listen, Lord—A Prayer," together in print for the first time, featuring eight striking full-page illustrations by famed Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas, in the original dust jacket. $3000.

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