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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

(DECARAVA, Roy) HUGHES, Langston. Sweet Flypaper of Life. New York, 1955.

First edition of this landmark collaboration between Hughes and DeCarava, featuring Hughes' text and 141 photogravures by DeCarava, the preferred softcover edition, a distinctive presentation/association copy boldly inscribed on the verso of the front wrapper by Hughes to the influential producer who produced one of his most successful Off-Broadway plays and was "one of the first producers to use integrated casts" (New York Times). In Hughes' inscription, dated the year of publication, he writes: "Especially for Stella Holt, with thanks for so many fine plays, Sincerely, Langston Hughes, New York, Nov. 30, 1955." $4900.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Simple Takes a Wife. New York, 1953.

First edition of the breakthrough second work in Hughes' popular series, a "superior achievement" (New York Times), an exceptional presentation/association copy inscribed in the year of publication by Hughes on the colophon page to Alta Douglas, wife of renowned artist Aaron Douglas and viewed as the mother of the Harlem Renaissance, "Especially for Alta—my 13th book!—this story with a Harlem Blackground [sic]—Sincerely, Langston, New York, April 29, 1953." At her death six years later, Hughes mourned with those who saw that her "passing marked definitely 'the closing of the ring' on the Harlem Renaissance"(Arnold Rampersad). $4800.

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PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, OF LANGSTON HUGHES' LANDMARK WORK, THE FIRST BOOK OF NEGROES, 1952, INSCRIBED BY HIM IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO HIS COUSIN

HUGHES, Langston. First Book of Negroes. New York, 1952.

First edition of Hughes' inaugural book in his major five-volume series on black history from the 16th century to Jim Crow America, the highly elusive first printing issued at the height of McCarthyism with Josephine Baker's image and biography that was quickly omitted from subsequent printings, a very scarce presentation/association copy inscribed by Hughes on the title page in the year of publication, "For my Cousin Pet—Sincerely—Langston, New York, Oct. 10, 1952," an exceptional copy in the colorful unrestored dust jacket. $3200.

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