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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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"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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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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ORNATE MANUSCRIPT AMERICAN SLAVE DOCUMENT FORMALIZING THE GIFTING OF FIVE SLAVES, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1850

WALKER, George. Manuscript indenture document (slave deed). Charleston, SC, February 20, 1850.

Large, ornately penned 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, manuscript slave deed formalizing the purchase (for $5.00) and gifting of five slaves, "Emma, Charles, Louisa, William and Isaac" to Charles Walker and Mary Desel as a wedding present from Mary's father, Charles Lewis Desel (a physician) and John Bickley (a planter). $1600.

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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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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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