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PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED BY JOSEPHINE BAKER

BAKER, Josephine. Photograph inscribed. New York, circa 1937.

Beautiful and dramatic original photograph of “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw” (Ernest Hemingway) in an evening gown by photographer Murray Korman, inscribed in purple ink, “A Monsieur Pierre Drassac, en souvenir de Josephine Baker, 1940.” $2500.

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"THE KIND OF FRIEND THAT SUSTAINS THE WEARY TRAVELER SEEKING A CITY": PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF THEY SEEK A CITY, INSCRIBED BY ARNA BONTEMPS AND JACK CONROY TO MAX BODENHEIM

(BODENHEIM, Max) BONTEMPS, Arna and CONROY, Jack. They Seek A City. Garden City, 1945.

First edition of the signal first collaboration between Harlem Renaissance writer Bontemps and proletariat writer Conroy, a defining work about African American migration from before the Civil War to WWII, a unique presentation/association copy inscribed to avant-garde writer Bodenheim that unites these key figures whose works represent three major literary movements of the 20th century. With Bontemps' inscription, dated the month after publication, "To Max—the kind of friend that sustains the weary traveler seeking a city—with warm regards and deep appreciation—Arna 6/13/45," followed on the same page by Conroy's inscription in different ink, "Jack* *who makes Max's pleasant joint his headquarters." $3800.

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SIGNED BY JOHN BROWN

(BROWN, John) COOLEY, Timothy Mather. Sketches of the life… of Rev. Lemuel Haynes. New York, 1839.

First edition of Timothy Mather Cooley's important biography of Reverend Lemuel Haynes, who fought in the American Revolution as a Minuteman, penned one of the earliest attacks on slavery by an African American, is considered the "first black person to lead a white church," and was a minister in Torrington, Connecticut, where John Brown was born and his parents were in Haynes' congregation, an exceedingly rare association copy—John Brown's personal copy, signed by him—in original cloth. $38,000.

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"THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLY LAND NARRATIVE": EXCEPTIONAL FIRST EDITION OF DAVID DORR'S COLORED MAN ROUND THE WORLD, 1858,

(AFRICAN AMERICAN) (DORR, David). Colored Man Round the World. Cleveland, 1858.

First edition of fugitive slave David Dorr's first and only book, a remarkable account of his extensive travels in Europe and the Near East while a slave, self-published anonymously after escaping his owner on returning to America, with engraved frontispiece. A striking copy in original cloth. $3800.

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"TO INTERPRET MY OWN PEOPLE THROUGH SONG AND STORY"

DUNBAR, Paul Laurence. Candle-Lightin' Time. New York, 1901.

First edition of this lovely volume in a series of illustrated poetry collections by Dunbar, "an important predecessor to the younger generation of poets of the Harlem Renaissance," containing nine poems and illustrated with 51 photographic halftones. $350.

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RARE TYPED PAGE FROM AN EARLY DRAFT OF THE BOOK VERSION OF ROOTS, HEAVILY ANNOTATED IN ALEX HALEY’S HAND, HANDSOMELY MATTED AND FRAMED WITH A PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP PORTRAIT FROM THE MOVIE SET OF THE ROOTS MINISERIES

HALEY, Alex. Typed draft page annotated. No place, circa 1975.

Rare typed page from an early book draft of Roots heavily annotated in green felt-tip marker in Alex Haley’s own hand, handsomely matted and framed with a photographic group portrait from the movie set of the Roots miniseries. $3800.

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AFRICAN AMERICANS "FOUGHT IN THE REVOLUTION AND ALL SUBSEQUENT WARS, BUT THE SUM OF THEIR SACRIFICES STILL HAD NOT BROUGHT FULL CITIZENSHIP"

HEYWOOD, Chester D. Negro Combat Troops. Worcester, Mass. 1928.

First edition of one of the very few published records of African Americans in combat in WWI, authored by the white captain of the 371st, inscribed by him, "To P— B. C— from the author, Chester D Heywood, Feb. 1936," with photographic frontispiece, two large folding battle maps, and many in-text illustrations. $1250.

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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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SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM, INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Shakespeare in Harlem. New York, 1942.

First edition of Hughes' major book of poetry—"a work of genuine talent and artistry"—inscribed by him in his characteristic green ink, "To Mrs. P— this now rare book signed years after publication—Sincerely, Langston Hughes, Westport October 30. 1965." $2800.

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SIMPLE'S UNCLE SAM, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Simple's Uncle Sam. New York, 1965.

First edition of the final volume in Hughes' series featuring Jesse B. Semple, known as Simple, a presentation/association copy inscribed by Hughes within weeks of publication to his close friend and benefactor Amy Spingarn, wife of NAACP President Joel Spingarn and sister-in-law of Arthur Spingarn, who succeeded Joel as NAACP President, with Hughes boldly inscribing this copy in his characteristic green ink, "Another Simple—for Amy Spingarn—Affectionately Langston, New York October 11, 1965." $2800.

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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. Tambourines to Glory. New York, 1958.

First edition of one of "Hughes' best plays and the crowning glory of his dramatic career," a key presentation/association copy boldly inscribed by Hughes in his trademark green ink, "Inscribed especially for Henry, Sincerely Langston, New York, August 14, 1962," with the bookplate of Henry Lee Moon, the NAACP's influential director of public relations during "its most turbulent years." $4200.

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"ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT AND MILITANT VOICES FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE"

McKAY, Claude. Banjo. New York and London, 1929.

First edition of McKay's landmark second novel, his controversial Harlem Renaissance novel that marks "an important milestone" in African American literature. $350.

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"A PIONEER IN 20TH-CENTURY BLACK LITERATURE"

MCKAY, Claude. Long Way from Home. New York, 1937.

First edition of McKay's revealing autobiography, spanning publication of his 1919 sonnet credited with sparking the Harlem Renaissance, through to his life and travels on several continents, a handsome copy in the original dust jacket. $2200.

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“A MORAL CRUSADE”

(SLAVERY) (FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Constitution of the Pennsylvania Society. Philadelphia, 1787.

First edition, with corrected title page, of the scarce second printed constitution of the first American abolition society, with Benjamin Franklin listed as president, Benjamin Rush as secretary and Thomas Paine as its Clerk of the General Assembly, a model for subsequent abolition societies and a founding document in the struggle against slavery, in original wrappers. From the estate of William W. Scranton, the influential governor of Pennsylvania who was, like Franklin, noted for his statesmanship. $4800.

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"AN EPIC CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE"

TAYLOR, Alrutheus Ambush, Ph.D. Negro in Tennessee. Washington, D.C. 1941.

First edition of Dr. Taylor's Reconstruction history of Tennessee, where "hostility to the war amendments was possibly more bitter and determined than it was in the other Confederate states," the third and final work in his important series on the Reconstruction, countering "the negative stereotypes that dominated previous writing." $650.

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"A NEW, MODERN AFRICAN AMERICAN AESTHETIC"

THURMAN, Wallace. Blacker the Berry. New York, 1929.

First edition of the first book by Thurman, whose brilliantly satiric works inspired a "revolt against establishment arts" of the Harlem Renaissance, praised by Langston Hughes as a mischievously "gorgeous book." $1250.

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FIRST EDITION OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON’S TUSKEGEE & ITS PEOPLE, 1905, WITH AN MAJOR ESSAY BY WASHINGTON—THE ERA’S “MOST DOMINANT FIGURE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIETY”

WASHINGTON, Booker T. Tuskegee & Its People. New York, 1905.

First edition of an important work on Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute, expressing his goal "to write a history of the individual yearnings for the light of knowledge"—a scarce copy containing the publisher's tipped-in leaf printed, "Compliments of Booker T. Washington"—with essays by Washington, leaders of the school and graduates, along with frontispiece portrait of Washington and 23 full-page illustrations. $1900.

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"NEVER MORE TO SEE THEIR NATIVE LAND AGAIN, BUT TO DRAG OUT A MISERABLE LIFE IN CHAINS… AND PERPETUAL SLAVERY"

WINCHESTER, Elhanan. Reigning Abominations. London, 1788.

First edition, first printing of this very early indictment of slavery, a powerful sermon delivered in Virginia in 1774, declaring slavery a "national sin," with accounts of slaves brutally tortured and his ominous warning "that some revolution is at the door." $3800.

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