Celebrating Black History Month

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"FOR MARIAN ANDERSON, IN DEEP APPRECIATION AND FRIENDSHIP": VERY SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF ALAIN LOCKE'S NEGRO AND HIS MUSIC, INSCRIBED BY LOCKE, THE "DEAN OF THE HARLEM RENAISANCE," TO MARIAN ANDERSON

(ANDERSON, Marian) LOCKE, Alain. Negro and His Music. Washington, D.C. 1936.

First edition of the "only monograph on the music" of the Harlem Renaissance, an exceptional presentation/association copy uniting two of the 20th-century's leading African Americans, warmly inscribed by Alain Locke to Marian Anderson the year she made history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "For Marian Anderson, in deep appreciation and friendship, Alain Locke, 1939." $4200.

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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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“STRIKE OUT DISCRIMINATION IN BASEBALL!”

(BLACK AMERICANA) AMERICAN LABOR PARTY. Protest flyer. Bronx County, 1953.

Original flyer from a 1953 demonstration held outside of Yankee Stadium held to protest management’s refusal to integrate the New York Yankees, accompanied by a contemporary magazine containing a lengthy story on the issue. $1800.

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“TO MAKE A POET BLACK, AND BID HIM SING!”: COUNTEE CULLEN’S FIRST BOOK OF VERSE, COLOR

CULLEN, Countee. Color. New York and London, 1925.

First edition of Cullen’s first book of verse, with 73 poems by this “central figure in the Harlem Renaissance,” including “Yet Do I Marvel,” “Heritage” and “Incident.” $350.

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BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY SAMMY DAVIS, JR.

DAVIS, Sammy, Jr. and BOYAR, Jane and Burt. Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. New York, 1965.

First edition of Davis’ autobiography, boldly inscribed: "All my BEST Sammy Davis Jr." $1100.

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"THE YOUNG NEGRO STUDENT OF TODAY IS NOT QUITE THE SLAVE OF YESTERDAY"

DETT, R. Nathaniel. Religious Folk-Songs of the Negro. Hampton, Virginia, 1927.

Later edition of this collection of piano-vocal music for African-American Spirituals, only the second edited by Dett and containing his powerful preface, intended to showcase Dett's award-winning achievements in African-American religious folk music with the Hampton Institute Choir. $200.

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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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INSCRIBED BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Stride Toward Freedom. New York, 1958. First edition of Dr. King's first book, an account of the Montgomery bus strike, boldly inscribed by the civil rights leader, "Best Wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr." (dated "9/13/58" in another hand). $12,500.

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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 JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS

HARRIS, Joel Chandler. Told by Uncle Remus. New York, 1905. First edition of the “last important collection” of Uncle Remus tales, inscribed by the author, “Faithfully yours, Joel Chandler Harris, 10 February 1907.” $1150.

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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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“…BUT DONT TROW ME IN DE BRIER PATCH”

JONES, Charles C., Jr. Negro Myths from the Georgia Coast. Columbia, South Carolina, 1925.

Later edition of Jones' written record of traditional African trickster stories as told in the Gullah creole, in rare original dust jacket. $1500.

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FIRST EDITION OF CARL SANDBURG'S THE CHICAGO RACE RIOTS, 1919

SANDBURG, Carl. The Chicago Race Riots. New York, 1919.

First book edition of Sandburg's investigation of racial unrest in Chicago, with an Introductory Note by Walter Lippmann. $1200.

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“VERY REAL PEOPLE MEETING REALITY HEAD-ON AND THEN STUBBORNLY TRANSCENDING IT”

HIRSCHFELD, Al and SAROYAN, William. Harlem As Seen By Hirschfeld. New York, 1941.

Limited first edition, number 317 of 1000 copies, with 24 original mounted lithographs, some in color, on hand-made paper. $3800.

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SISKIND, Aaron. Harlem Document. Providence, Rhode Island, (1981).

First trade paper edition of the classic photobook featuring Siskind’s “engagingly perceptive” images of Harlem, inscribed, “To Joan, Greetings! Aaron Siskind, 5-4-82,” with 52 finely screened black-and-white photogravures. $750.

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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 ALICE WALKER’S THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND, 1970

WALKER, Alice. Third Life of Grange Copeland. New York, 1970.

First edition of this novel about a black tenant farmer’s struggle to free himself from oppression. $600.

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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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"THE WIDEST-RANGING AND THE PROFOUNDEST": AMERICAN NEGRO FOLK-SONGS, 1928 FIRST EDITION

(BLACK AMERICANA) WHITE, Newman I. American Negro Folk-Songs. Cambridge, 1928.

1928 first edition of Newman White's authoritative American Negro Folk-Songs. $800.

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