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WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

KEY, Francis Scott. Autograph document signed. Maryland, August 3, 1803.

Rare autograph legal document written and signed by Francis Scott Key as attorney in an 1803 Maryland petition on behalf of a black slave suffering brutal violence at the hands of his "master," this extraordinary document a testament to America's history of slavery and the complex legacy of Key, famed for the Star-Spangled Banner, who was a lifelong slave owner yet nonetheless represented slaves and freed African Americans. $19,500.

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"SOJOURNER TRUTH STRIDES THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY LARGER THAN LIFE"

TRUTH, Sojourner. Carte-de-visite photograph. Washington, D.C. 1864.

Rare vintage 1864 carte-de-visite photographic portrait of Sojourner Truth, her favorite and "most famous" portrait, the iconic image personally chosen by her as the engraving and cover image for the 1875 edition of her Narrative, beautifully window-matted and framed with her distinctive printed caption below the image and printed copyright on the card verso. $12,000.

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"THREE TIMES WORLD HEAVY WEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD AND THE GREATEST BOXER OF ALL TIMES, AFTER ME THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER": SCARCE 1988 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD ALI WITH HIS SKETCHES OF BOXING RING AND A HEART

ALI, Muhammad. Autograph letter signed. Berrien Springs, Michigan, July 26, 1988.

Scarce July 1988 autograph letter signed by the legendary Muhammad Ali with his original sketches of a boxing ring and a heart: "To Frank from Muhammad Ali, Three times World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the World and the Greatest Boxer of all times, After me there will never be another [sketch of boxing ring] P.S. Service for God is the rent I pay for my room in the Hereafter [sketch of a heart with eight radiating lines]." $4500.

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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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"ONE OF THE BEST ACCOUNTS OF HOW RUNAWAY SLAVES MADE THEIR WAY TO FREEDOM"

STILL, William. Underground Rail Road. Philadelphia, 1872.

First edition of the first definitive and groundbreaking history of the Underground Railroad—"the only work on that subject written by an African American"—with engraved frontispiece portrait of William Still, famed as father of the Underground Railroad, profusely illustrated with 23 full-page and numerous in-text engravings, in gilt-stamped original cloth. $3600.

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INSCRIBED BY CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS

LEWIS, John. Walking with the Wind. New York, 1998.

First edition of Congressman Lewis' pivotal account of the Civil Rights movement that transformed America, warmly inscribed by him on the colophon page, "To C— W— Thank you for all of your help and support over the years. With faith and hope, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. Best Wishes, John Lewis." To African American leader, Dr. Cornel West, "No other elected official in America embodies the grand legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., more than John Lewis. In other words, he is a national treasure." $3000.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Simple Stakes a Claim. New York and Toronto, 1957.

First edition of the third book starring Hughes' "funny, sharp and indignant" hero, Jesse B. Semple, inscribed by Hughes in his characteristic green ink to the elusive African American poet, "With very best regards to Yvette Ripplinger, Sincerely, Langston Hughes." $2800.

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"ANY LAW CONTROLLING THE BALLOT BOX THAT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY FAIR AND JUST TO BOTH RACES WILL WORK MORE PERMANENT INJURY TO THE WHITES THAN THE BLACKS": IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON'S BLACK-BELT DIAMONDS, 1898, EDITED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST VICTORIA EARLE MATHEWS, "A NATIONAL LEADER IN THE STRUGGLE FOR THE RIGHTS OF BLACK WOMEN"

WASHINGTON, Booker T. Black-Belt Diamonds. New York, 1898.

First edition of a core collection of Washington's early speeches and writings, drawing extensively on his Sunday Evening Tuskegee Talks with passages from Democracy and Education, Southern Lynch Law and other influential works, together in print for the first time, edited by prominent African American journalist and activist, Victoria Earle Matthews, "an instrumental figure in the social reform to 'uplift' African Americans." $2800.

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"FREEDOM FIGHTER, STEELY VISIONARY, WISE PROPHET AND ELDER STATESMAN"

SHAHN, Ben. Frederick Douglass III. Washington, D.C. 1965.

Original large 1965 silkscreen print of Frederick Douglass, number 222 in a series of only 250 signed and numbered by artist Ben Shahn, based on a cabinet card photograph by Charles Milton Bell, whose 1881 portrait of Douglass became the "engraved frontispiece for a printing of Life and Times (1882)." Shahn, who used his art to express the "indestructibility of the spirit of man," here honors Douglass' lifelong command of his own portraits as a weapon in "one the great battles in American history—the battle between racist stereotypes and dignified self-possession." A beautiful print handsomely framed. $2600.

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"BRINGS TO LIFE A VIVID PORTRAIT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA": MARCH, SIGNED BY JOHN LEWIS

LEWIS, John, AYDIN, Andrew and POWELL, Nate. March. Marietta, Georgia, 2013-16. Three volumes.

First trade edition, mixed issue, of the best-selling three-volume graphic novel, boldly signed by John Lewis on the dedication pages of Books I & II, along with Book I containing co-author Andrew Aydin's signature and signature of artist Nate Powell dated year of publication, "11/10/15." $2500.

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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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"ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC AND FAMOUS INCIDENTS IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT"

(BURNS, Anthony) PARKER, Theodore. Trial of Theodore Parker. Boston, 1855.

First edition of the fiery abolitionist's attack on the trial and rendition of Anthony Burns, and the federal government’s attempt to prosecute Parker and other key abolitionists—"one of the most remarkable and flamboyant works of the 19th century… on the right of free speech, the wrong of slavery, and the nature of judicial tyranny." $2200.

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"AN EXTRAORDINARY WRITER—A TRUE AND ABSOLUTELY ORIGINAL AMERICAN VOICE"

(ANDREWS, BENNY) ANDREWS, Raymond. Muskhogean Trilogy: Appalachee Red; Rosiebelle Lee; Baby Sweet's. New York, 1978, 1980, 1983. Three volumes.

First edition of each novel in Raymond Andrews' famed yet elusive Muskhogean Trilogy, each a presentation copy inscribed by him, featuring his inaugural novel, Appalachee Red. winner of the first James Baldwin Prize, inscribed on the half title, "To K— H— All the Best Always, plus a day, Raymond Andrews, 3-19-79," along with the second novel, Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee, inscribed by him in the year of publication, "To T— All the Best Ray Andrews 6-8-80," and the concluding novel, Baby Sweet's, also inscribed in the year of publication by him, "To A Special Friend, S— May your forthcoming book… and all the rest of them… be read, read, read, read… Ray 8-2-83," each work containing numerous full-page illustrations by his brother, renowned artist Benny Andrews. An exceptional inscribed set, rarely found together. $2200.

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"A ONE-MAN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE MOVEMENT"

HOUSER, George and RUSTIN, Bayard. We Challenged Jim Crow! Newark, N.J. 1947.

First edition of Rustin and Houser's bold report on their 1947 "Journey of Reconciliation," in effect the first Freedom Ride against Jim Crow segregation in a series of interracial trips through the South, citing the arrest of civil rights leader Rustin that led to his sentence of hard labor on a chain gang, a pivotal inspiration for the 1960s Freedom Rides, an exceptional copy in original wrappers. $1800.

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"KENTUCKY BATTER BREAD, KENTUCKY BURGOUT, KENTUCKY BAKED HAM"

FOX, Minnie C., compiler, and COBURN, Alvin Langdon, photographer. The Blue Grass Cook Book. New York, 1904.

First edition of this ode to the early 20th-century Kentucky kitchen, featuring dozens of traditional Blue Grass recipes, with one illustrated plate of corn dodgers and biscuits and 11 photographic plates of African-American cooks by acclaimed photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn. $1750.

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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 work that marks "an important milestone" in African American literature, a handsome copy in bright original dust jacket designed by African American artist Aaron Douglas. $1600.

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"THE EMERGENCE OF BLACK LITERARY MODERNISM": CLAUDE MCKAY'S SPRING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1920

MCKAY, Claude. Spring in New Hampshire. London, 1920.

First edition of McKay's seminal volume of 31 poems including iconic works such as Harlem Dancer and The Lynching, published in London shortly before his return to America as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, with frontispiece portrait, uncut and unopened in fragile original wrappers. $1500.

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"BLACK TALK IN USUALLY SPOKEN IN GHETTOS BUT LATER ADOPTED, COMMERCIALIZED AND SPREAD… IT IS THE MOST DOMINANT LANGUAGE TODAY"

BANKS, Carl J., Jr. Banks Dictionary of the Black Ghetto Language. Los Angeles, California, 1975.

First edition of this concise 1970s dictionary of "Black Talk," or African-American Vernacular English. $1500.

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"THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATION OF BUNCHE’S EARLY YEARS"

BUNCHE, Ralph J. World View of Race. Washington, D.C. 1936.

First edition of a signal work by Ralph Bunche, the first African American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize—its very title reveals Bunche was seeking "an entire way of seeing the world"—Bronze Booklet Number Four in the prestigious series edited by Alain Locke, in fragile original wrappers. $1350.

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"I HAVE A DREAM": FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THE DAY THEY MARCHED, 1963

(KING Jr., Martin Luther) (BENNETT Jr., Lerone) SAUNDERS, Doris, ed. Day They Marched. Chicago, 1963.

First edition, first printing, issued within weeks of the March on Washington, featuring one of the earliest printings in book form of Dr. King's epic speech—I Have a Dream—along with a lead essay by renowned African American historian Lerone Bennett, Jr., and more than 100 photographic illustrations including images of Dr. King, Mahalia Jackson, Congressman John Lewis and many more, an exceptional record in original color photographic wrappers of that momentous August day when thousands crossed America for "a call to the national conscience… a rendevous with history." $1350.

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"NO EARLY INDEPENDENT BLACK FILMMAKER WAS MORE IMPORTANT"

MICHEAUX, Oscar. Homesteader. Sioux City, Iowa, 1917.

First edition of Micheaux's groundbreaking novel that triggered his start as writer, director and producer in a career that defied the odds and crafted "almost single-handedly… a prototype for African American independent cinema," with seven full-page illustrations including frontispiece, a splendid copy in original cloth. $1250.

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"THE BEST KNOWN AFRICAN AMERICAN UNIT OF WWI”

(WORLD WAR I) LITTLE, Arthur W. From Harlem to the Rhine. New York, 1936.

First edition of Colonel Little's history of the pioneering WWI African American combat unit, famed as the "Harlem Hellfighters," signed by the author, a white officer of the regiment, on the half title with the inscription in an unidentified hand, "This book is presented to Edward Goodell, at the suggestion of 'Trainee' Arthur W. Little, Jr., 5th Co. Plattsburg 1940—with the compliments of the author—September 12th 1940," featuring over 30 photographic illustrations including frontispiece of Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts, the "first American Privates in the Army of France to receive the Croix de Guerre," in scarce original dust jacket. $1250.

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"WE ALL CRY FOR FREEDOM!": THE MOVEMENT, WITH TEXT BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY, FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY LYON, ROBERT FRANK AND ROY DE CAVARA

HANSBERRY, Lorraine. Movement. New York, 1964.

First edition of this powerful visual record of America's Civil Rights struggle, with text by Lorraine Hansberry—her last book published before her death at age 34—accompanied by 148 black-and-white photogravures, most by award-winning photographer Danny Lyon, the first appearance in book form of his work, along with striking images by Robert Frank, David Heath, Roy De Carava and others. $1200.

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FIRST EDITION OF JACOB LAWRENCE: THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS AND HARRIET TUBMAN SERIES OF 1938-40, INSCRIBED BY JACOB LAWRENCE

(LAWRENCE, JACOB) WHEAT, Ellen Harkins. Jacob Lawrence: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series. Hampton, VA, 1991.

First edition of the first volume to unite color plates of all 63 paintings in Jacob Lawrence's 1930s series on Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman—"unique in Lawrence's body of work"—-a distinctive copy inscribed by him on the title page beneath his image, "To J— T.— M— Jacob Lawrence—8/31/92," containing photographic frontispiece, 63 splendid color illustrations, in-text black-and-white illustrations, in original pictorial wrappers. $1150.

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CLAY'S ARK, SIGNED BY OCTAVIA BUTLER

BUTLER, Octavia E. Clay's Ark. New York, 1984.

First edition of a pivotal novel in Butler's extraordinary Patternist series—a work of "scintillating,… superior science fiction"—signed on the title page by her. A beautiful copy in the original dust jacket. $1100.

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JACKIE ROBINSON'S FIRST AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MY OWN STORY, 1948

ROBINSON, Jackie and SMITH, Wendell. Jackie Robinson. My Own Story. New York, 1948.

First edition of Robinson's first autobiography, published the year after he broke baseball's color line and faced racist threats on and off the field to be named Rookie of the Year, with Foreword by Branch Rickey and 48 pages of photographic illustrations. $1100.

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SOUL ON FIRE, INSCRIBED BY ELDRIDGE CLEAVER

CLEAVER, Eldridge. Soul on Fire. Waco, Texas, 1978.

First edition of the revolutionary Black Panther's 1978 autobiography, looking back on his life in the decade since Soul on Ice (1968), inscribed by him in the year of publication, "For M— , Who worked hard to set our launching in motion. Right On! Eldridge Cleaver 9/18/78." $1100.

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SIGNED BY NOBEL LAUREATE ROBERT FOGEL

FOGEL, Robert William and ENGERMAN, Stanley L. Time on the Cross. Boston and Toronto, 1974. Two volumes.

First edition of one of the most controversial works of scholarship of the past 50 years, signed on the title page of each volume by Nobel Prize-winning economist Fogel along with his date of "3/14/13"—barely three months before his death. $1100.

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"EARLY IN THE SPRING OF 1750, IN THE VILLAGE OF JUFFURE, A MANCHILD WAS BORN…"

HALEY, Alex. Roots. Garden City, 1976.

First trade edition of Haley's acclaimed historical novel, warmly inscribed in the year of publication by him, "October 1, 1976. B—, my colleague, Kunta's family wishes the very best to you and your family—Sincerely, Alex Haley." $950.

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"ONE OF THE MOST TELLING AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLE"

WILLIAMS, Robert F. Negroes with Guns. New York, 1962.

First edition of Williams' powerful book, "a great influence" on Huey P. Newton and, to Rosa Parks, a figure whose "courage and his commitment to freedom… should go down in history and never be forgotten," in original dust jacket. $900.

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“PHILADELPHIA’S BLACK HISTORY MIRRORS THE LARGER STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS”

(SOCIETY OF FRIENDS). Statistical Inquiry. Philadelphia, 1849.

First edition of the highly influential second census of Philadelphia’s African Americans, a work cited by W.E.B. Du Bois in his own history, The Philadelphia Negro (1899), and published by the Society of Friends to record the “distress and degradation which prevail… most of which can be distinctly traced to the evil influences of slavery.” $900.

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AN "ESSENTIAL DOCUMENT OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LIFE": FIRST EDITION OF BLACK LIKE ME

GRIFFIN, John Howard. Black Like Me. Boston, 1961.

First edition of a "piercing and memorable" account of racism in America by white writer John Howard Griffin, his record of traveling across the South in 1959 disguised as an African American, in the elusive original dust jacket. $850.

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"SECTION 1: THE NAME OF THIS ORGANIZATION SHALL BE THE (NAME OF CITY OR COUNTY) BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE…"

(NAACP). Constitution and By-Laws for Branches of the NAACP. New York, 1940.

Rare 1940 edition of the constitution and by-laws affecting branches of the NAACP, often regarded as America's premier civil rights organization. $850.

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INSCRIBED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST FAITH RINGGOLD

RINGGOLD, Faith. Tar Beach. New York, 1991.

First edition of Ringgold's debut children's book, named a 1992 Caldecott Honor Book, and winner of the 1992 Coretta Scott King Book Award, boldly inscribed in silver ink by her in the year of publication, "All the best Faith Ringgold March 1, 1991," featuring over 20 "bold vibrant" illustrations from her paintings—"the triumphant soaring of imagination over reality." $850.

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BLACK ARTIST MORRIE TURNER "BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER TWICE": FIRST EDITION OF NIPPER, INSCRIBED BY TURNER WITH ORIGINAL SKETCH BY HIM

TURNER, Morrie. Nipper. Philadelphia, 1970.

First edition of Turner's lively book about his pioneering Black cartoon figure, Nipper, the lead character of his Wee Pals comic strip, here capturing the joy of baseball, where Nipper's mishaps on the field prompt him to instead "study hard" and become "another Frederick A. Douglass," an exceptional presentation copy boldly inscribed on the half title by Turner in green ink, "To C—, C— and J— Morrie Turner," with his original sketch of Nipper, containing foreword by Turner's close friend and fellow cartoonist, Charles Schulz. $800.

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"FEAR WAS THE LESSON THAT I LEARNED FIRST AND THE LESSON THAT I LEARNED BEST"

SPRIGLE, Ray. In the Land of Jim Crow. New York, 1949.

First edition of the award-winning Pittsburgh journalist's searing and groundbreaking report on the "bloodstained tragedy" of racism in the Jim Crow South, published over a decade before Griffin's Black Like Me, in original dust jacket. $650.

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“THERE IS NO QUESTION TODAY MORE UNSETTLED IN AMERICAN POLITICS THAN THE NEGRO QUESTION”

FORTUNE, T. Thomas. Black and White. New York, 1885.

Second edition of this treatise on the future of labor and interracial relations in the South by a major African American journalist and public intellectual. $650.

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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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"COME MISTER TALL-Y-MAN, TALL-Y ME BANANA"

(BELAFONTE, Harry) ATTAWAY, William. Calypso Song Book. New York, 1957.

First edition of African American novelist Attaway's celebration of the African Caribbean tradition in music featuring 26 songs, including "Day-O" and other classics on the breakthrough 1956 Belafonte album, Calypso, which was a collaboration between Attaway, Belafonte, Lord Burgess and others, beautifully illustrated by William Charmatz, in original dust jacket. $550.

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"LYNCHINGS, MOB VIOLENCE AND THE WORKINGS OF THE SOUTHERN LEGAL SYSTEM"

SINCLAIR, William A., A.M., M.D. Aftermath of Slavery. Boston, 1905.

Second edition, issued only three months after the first edition of Dr. Sinclair's powerful 1905 indictment of America's history of slavery, the failures and hypocrisy of Reconstruction, the war on black suffrage, and the terror of ongoing public lynchings and burnings, asking "How long—are these things to go on?" A handsome copy in original cloth. $500.

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SIGNED BY NOBEL AWARD-WINNING ECONOMIST ROBERT WILLIAM FOGEL

FOGEL, Robert William. Slavery Debates. Baton Rouge, 2003. First edition of Nobel laureate Fogel's critically praised overview of scholarship on slavery, a major "guide to one of the stormiest but also the most fruitful chapters in the development of American historical writing," boldly signed on the half title by Fogel. $500.

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INSCRIBED BY CELEBRATED AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST JACOB LAWRENCE

(LAWRENCE, Jacob) WHEAT, Ellen Harkins and HILLS, Patricia. Jacob Lawrence. American Painter. Seattle, 1986.

First edition of this exhibition catalog released in anticipation of the 1987 Jacob Lawrence retrospective at the Seattle Museum of Art, with dozens of black and white and color reproductions, inscribed on the title page: "To: Raymond Peter Tellimi—Jacob Lawrence—11/1/87." $500.

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JOHN BROWN ONE MAN AGAINST SLAVERY, SIGNED BY FAMED AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST JACOB LAWRENCE

(LAWRENCE, Jacob) EVERETT, Gwen. John Brown. New York, 1993.

First edition of art historian Everett's 1993 book on John Brown and Harpers Ferry, featuring 16 "captivating" color illustrations from the original 22 paintings in Jacob Lawrence's acclaimed John Brown series, featuring the first time, in book form, "a sequence of images form the John Brown series… has been published in color," signed by Jacob Lawrence. A beautiful copy. $500.

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RARE WORLD WAR II-ERA HANDBILL: "A MESSAGE TO THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES FROM THE NEGROES OF AMERICA," 1944

ALEXANDER, Sadie T.M., JACKSON, Maynard, HARDIN, Walter, and WHITE, Walter. Handbill ["A Message to the Republican and Democratic Parties from the Negroes of America"]. New York, 1944.

Scarce 1944 handbill from 25 major African American organizations including fraternities, churches, labor organizations, and social action groups, informing the American political parties of the state of the African American electorate and the issues deemed most central to African American voters including fair elections, equal employment, military desegregation, and the importance of ending World War II with a plan to end racism and imperialism. $450.

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"IF WE CANNOT REORGANIZE OUR SOCIETY ON A MORE HUMAN AND EQUITABLE BASIS, WE WILL SOON, AS CITIZENS, HAVE LOST ANY ABILITY TO REORGANIZE IT AT ALL" (JAMES BALDWIN)

(BALDWIIN, James) (SMITH, Lillian) PECK, James. Freedom Ride. New York, 1962.

First edition of James Peck's powerful record of the first Freedom Ride, featuring a foreword by James Baldwin. $450.

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"FROM 'CHITLIN'S' TO ESCARGOT… FROM CORN PONE TO CREPES"

MUNSON, Bessie. Bless the Cook. Fort Worth, TX, 1978.

First edition of a wonderful collection of recipes by the beloved African American chef and community leader, with hundreds of recipes that evoke the "warmth of the family meals" from her Texas childhood and her years as a leading restaurateur, including Chitterlings, Soul Nuggets, Mother' Viola's Divinity, Okra Tomato Gumbo, Eatin' is Believin' Dill Pickles, Sweet Potato Cake and much more, with six pages of color illustrations and family pictures, rear wrapper with a color image of Munson, urging all to "eat well with joy and contentment." $400.

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"ONLY ON THE BASIS OF SOCIALISM IS THE POSSIBILITY CREATED FOR THE FULL AND EQUAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEGRO PEOPLE"

FORD, James W. and ALLEN, James S. The Negroes in a Soviet America. New York, 1935.

First edition of this political pamphlet encouraging African Americans to align themselves with socialism. $375.

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"A PERSONAL, HEARTFELT INTERPRETATION OF KING'S LEGACY, INNOVATIVE AND STIRRING"

RINGGOLD, Faith. My Dream of Martin Luther King. New York, 1995.

First edition of a moving tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by famed African American artist and author, boldly signed in gold ink on the pictorial half title by her, with 26 splendid color illustrations, including the striking image of Dr. King on the original dust jacket. $350.

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DINNER AT AUNT CONNIE'S HOUSE, SIGNED BY BLACK ARTIST FAITH RINGGOLD

RINGGOLD, Faith. Dinner at Aunt Connie's House. New York, 1993.

First edition of award-winning artist Ringgold's third book for children, boldly signed by her on the half title, based on her famed story quilt, with over 20 full-page color illustrations. $350.

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INSCRIBED BY MAYA ANGELOU

ANGELOU, Maya. Amazing Peace. New York, 2005.

First edition, second printing, of Angelou's lyrical Christmas poem, which she read at the 2005 lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.," inscribed by her, "S— T—, Joy from your Mom S— T— & Maya Angelou." $300.

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“AN ARTIST WITH AN EYE FOR ELEGANCE”

PARKS, Gordon. Half Past Autumn. Boston, 1997.

First edition in wrappers of this lavish retrospective tribute to Parks, “among the most influential image makers of the postwar years” as a photographer for Life and director of films such as Shaft (1971), illustrated with 95 color and 195 duotone images, an association copy from the library of photographer Margery Lewis Smith, longtime partner of photographer W. Eugene Smith. $250.

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