Celebrating African Americana July 2022 Black Americana d Abolition
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Black Americana and Abolition – 3 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Scarce 1988 Autograph Letter Signed By Muhammad Ali With His Sketches Of A Boxing Ring And A Heart 2. ALI, Muhammad. Autograph letter signed. Berrien Springs, Michigan, July 26, 1988. Original tan card stock, measuring 8-3/4 by 11-3/4 inches; p. 1. $4500. 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].” This wonderful 1988 autograph letter, penned entirely by Ali in black felt pen on card stock with two original sketches, contains Ali’s classic quote proclaiming himself “the Greatest Boxer of all times.” A fine signed letter. Signed By Stacey Abrams 1. ABRAMS, Stacey. Our Time Is Now. New York, 2020. Octavo, original blue paper boards, dust jacket. $850. First edition, first printing, of this urgent call for continuing the battle against voter suppression, boldly signed by Abrams. “Abrams covers plenty of territory—identity politics, voting rights and the frustrations and revelations of her gubernatorial race— but above all, she writes about the grinding work required to make real the compact of democratic participation” (Washington Post). Preferred first edition, first printing, signed on an integral leaf (instead of a tipped-in sheet) by Abrams. A fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 4 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Faith Ringgold’s Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad In The Sky, 1992, Warmly Inscribed By Maya Angelou 3. (ANGELOU,Maya) RINGGOLD, Faith. AuntHarriet’sUnderground Railroad in the Sky. New York, 1992. Tall quarto, original laminated pictorial paper boards. $950. First edition of the renowned artist’s second children’s book, inscribed in the year of publication by Maya Angelou, who collected Ringgold’s art: “Brett Johnson Joy! Maya Angelou 11/19/92.” Pioneering American artist Ringgold “is best known for her richly referential, painted story quilts” (Art Newspaper). In 1991, she published her first book, Tar Beach, inspired by her 1988 story quilt of the same title. Here, in Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad, she continues the story of Cassie Lightfoot, who has timetraveled and is trapped in the antebellum South. She is guided to freedom by Harriet Tubman... A unique and creative vision” (Kirkus). Angelou’s inscription is likely to the award-winning fashion designer Brett Johnson. A fine copy. “The Negro People… Demand Full Freedom And Absolute Equality” 4. APTHEKER, Herbert and YERGAN, Max. A Petition… to the United Nations on Behalf of 13 Million Oppressed Negro Citizens of the United States of America. New York, 1946. Slim octavo, original black and ivory self-wrappers. $1500. First edition of a very scarce 1946 publication by the embattled National Negro Congress documenting “its most innovative program, the petition to the UN,” in fragile original wrappers. With “the American justice system maintaining an astounding silence on the lynching, torture and police brutality that Blacks endured… the National Negro Congress (NNC) became convinced that the only hope for redress lay with the United Nations. On May 17, 1946, [the NNC] asked historian Herbert Aptheker to draft an eight-page report to the UN” (Anderson, 554). Before its petition could be reviewed by the UN, the NNC was told it “had to prove that the rights of African Americans were being violated… The emerging Cold War and the rise of anti-Communist hysteria made it impossible for the NNC to respond.” By early 1947, the NNC had been “absorbed into the emerging Civil Rights Congress” (Anderson, 54553). Text very fresh with only trace of bookseller ticket removal to front wrapper. A fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 5 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Limited First Edition Of Armistead’s Monumental Tribute For The Negro, 1848, With The Inscription Of Leading 19th-Century Civil Rights Leader John Wesley Cromwell 5. ARMISTEAD, Wilson. A Tribute for the Negro: Being a Vindication of the Moral, Intellectual, and Religious Capabilities of the Coloured portion of Mankind. Manchester, 1848. Thick octavo, original full gilt-stamped black morocco, custom clamshell box. $12,500. Limited first edition of the English abolitionist’s major work, one of an unspecified number in publisher’s morocco, a rare association copy featuring the 1914 owner signature and inscription of 19th-century American Black leader John Wesley Cromwell: “Bought in London by Otelia Cromwell when visiting that city during the first month of the great war—a present to her father,” additionally signed below by his granddaughter Adelaide Cromwell Hill. One of Britain’s preeminent 19th-century abolitionists, Armistead was president of the Leeds Anti-Slavery Association and the chief financial backer for the Anti-Slavery Advocate. Armistead provided sanctuary for fugitive slaves from the U.S. in the 1840s and ’50s. Tribute to the Negro, his major work, brings together biographies of over 50 Africans, African Americans, and figures of African descent. Interior very fresh with minimal archival repair to margins of preliminary leaves, expert reinforcement to spine ends and corners of bright original morocco. A handsome near-fine copy of this seminal work with a distinguished African American provenance.
Black Americana and Abolition – 6 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “Every Negro Who Shall Well And Faithfully Serve As A Soldier… Shall Be Emancipated” 6. BAIRD, Henry Carey. General Washington and General Jackson, on Negro Soldiers. Philadelphia, 1863. Octavo, later blue paper wrappers; pp. 8. $2000. First edition of General Washington and General Jackson on Negro Soldiers, issued at the height of the Civil War, assembling works from the Revolution and War of 1812 on military and congressional works that proposed turning to free and enslaved Black men for soldiers in America’s wars with Britain. This work compiles excerpts about Black soldiers who served in the American Revolution and War of 1812. Edited by Henry Carey Baird, it cites congressional journals, memoirs, histories and military documents..” Issued the same year as copies also printed in Philadelphia; no priority determined. Text fresh with a bit of soiling. Extremely good. “I Told Him To Follow Me And He Jumped Into The Boat Quick” 7. BEARSE, Austin. Reminiscences of Fugitive-Slave Law Days in Boston. Boston, 1880. Octavo, original printed tan paper wrappers. $1650. First edition of the abolitionist’s account of his work for the Boston Vigilance Committee in fighting the Fugitive Slave Law, documenting his “daring rescues of captured fugitives with his sleek 36-foot sloop, the Moby Dick,” with frontispiece of his ship, rare in original wrappers. “In November 1851, Melville’s literary leviathan first breached into view. Six months later the schooner, Moby Dick, Captain Austin Bearse, master… began its service for the Committee of Vigilance as a major link in the Underground Railroad from slavery to freedom…. The ostensible business of the Cape Cod sea-captain was to take out parties of fishing or sailing trips; actually he was at the beck and call of the Committee” (Kaplan, 173). Contemporary owner signature on front wrapper. Interior very fresh, wrappers with light edge-wear, small gutter-edge pinholes. A near-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 7 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “The First Work In American Literature To Relay The Story Of An African American On The Western Frontier” (Allmendinger) 8. (BECKWOURTH, James P.) BONNER, T.D. The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians. New York, 1856. Octavo, original brown cloth. $2000. First edition of “a classic of pioneer days in the West” (Graff), the dramatic life of Black western explorer James Beckwourth, with engraved frontispiece and 12 engraved plates. Born enslaved to a white overseer and an enslaved woman, Beckwourth’s father (and master) moved the family west in 1810. Likely freed by his father, he “scaled the Rockies… pushed westward to the Pacific, north to Canada and south to Florida, where Beckwourth served as an Army scout” (Katz, 36-9). In 1824 he joined Ashley’s expedition to the Rocky Mountains, and later was adopted by the Crow nation. Though this work sidesteps his Beckwourth’s African heritage, “new research indicates that Beckwourth’s basic narrative is true… [it] records the way in which a Black man succeeded in the dangerous and demanding life of the Far West” (Lamar, 90). Bound without rear leaf of publisher’s advertisement. With front free endpaper excised. Contemporary owner inscription. Interior quite fresh with minimal scattered foxing, light edge-wear mainly to spine head of bright giltstamped original cloth. A very handsome near-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 8 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 1762 Edition Of Anthony Benezet’s Landmark Antislavery Work, Bound In One Volume With Other Quaker Works, With A Contemporary Benezet Provenance 9. BENEZET, Anthony. A Short Account of that Part of Africa, Inhabited by the Negroes. Philadelphia, 1762. BOUND WITH: LAW, William. An Extract from a Treatise Called, The Spirit of Prayer. Philadelphia, 1760. BOUND WITH: HARTLEY, Thomas. A Discourse on Mistakes concerning Religion, Enthusiasm, Experiences, &c. London Printed. Germantown reprinted, 1759 [i.e. 1760]; BOUND WITH: DELL, William. Christ’s Spirit, A Christian’s Strength. Germantown, 1760. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown sheep, custom clamshell box. $9000. 1762 greatly expanded and revised edition of the same year’s first edition of Benezet’s pioneering work—“the first practical manual for attacking the slave trade,” together in one volume with Franklin and Hall’s Philadelphia printing of the first American edition of Law’s Extract from a Treatise, and two other Quaker works, with owner inscriptions indicating Benezet gave this book to a local Quaker woman. “Benezet is the pivotal figure in the 18th-century campaign to abolish slavery and the slave trade.” Here, Benezet changed the anti-slavery argument “from an emphasis on religious teaching and philosophical principles” to an emphasis on the humanity of slaves. He had “a tremendous influence on Franklin” (Jackson & Kozel, 62), and was quoted “at length in the great 1792 Parliamentary debates about the abolition of the slave trade” (Encyclopedia I:88). This volume contains Franklin and Hall’s printing of Extract from a Treatise (1750). First American editions of Hartley’s Discourse and Dell’s Christ’s Spirit (1651). This volume has an early and extensive provenance. The Short Account title page bears an inscription in an unidentified hand (not Benezet’s): “E Libris, Gul. Fenthams, dono datus ab, Amico bini dilecto, A. Benezetto” (partially translated as a “book given by a friend”). The volume’s initial blank bears an early owner inscription: “Mary Harvey her Boock[sic] given to her by A Benezetto.” Benezet and his wife were temporarily members of the Quaker community in Burlington, New Jersey. A woman named “Mary Harvey” was listed as one of Burlington’s Quakers. Text generally fresh with light scattered foxing, slight edgewear, rubbing to contemporary boards. A highly desirable copy, a turning point in the antislavery cause, with a rare provenance.
Black Americana and Abolition – 9 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Exceedingly Scarce First English Edition Of Benezet’s Pioneering Work, A Caution To Great Britain And Her Colonies, 1767 10. BENEZET, Anthony. A Caution and Warning to GreatBritain, And Her Colonies, In A Short Representation of The Calamitous State of the Enslaved Negroes In the British Dominions. Philadelphia, 1767. Slim octavo, later marbled paper wrappers, custom clamshell box. $5500. Rare 1767 American edition, the first published with an excerpt of leading British abolitionist Granville Sharp’s 1766 Sermon on “the injustice and dangerous tendency of tolerating slavery,” the first appearance of Sharp’s Sermon in America. This volume issued in Philadelphia a year after the virtually unobtainable first edition. “The campaign to abolish transatlantic slavery effectively began in Philadelphia in the 1750s, 20 years before the American Revolution, and at its epicenter was Anthony Benezet… [H]e deserves to be regarded as the ‘father of Atlantic abolitionism’” (Crosby, 1-2). Benezet’s Caution employs “a refined and polished argument… wielded like a laser scalpel to excise the practice of slavery from the British dominions.” With Caution, Benezet fundamentally “set the tone for much of the debate over slavery during the [American] revolutionary period” (Nash, 97). Without four-page extract at rear from a March 1767 Address by Arthur Lee, often lacking. Text expertly cleaned with residual light dampstaining, a few minor marginal paper repairs. Rare Panoramic Photograph Of WWII Black Soldiers Of The 318th Combat Engineers 11. (BLACK HISTORY) Panoramic photograph. Fort Bragg, North Carolina, circa 1943. Gelatin silver print (measures 8 by 33-1/2 inches); matted and framed, entire piece measures 34-1/2 by 13 inches. $3400. Exceptional panoramic photograph of WWII Black soldiers of the 318th Combat Engineers, who served in the segregated 93rd Infantry Division that fought in the Pacific. Ordered to the Pacific in early 1944, the 318th Combat Engineers in the 93rd Infantry “disembarked at several points in the South Pacific before being assigned mainly to the Russells (Banika), Vella Lavella, Guadalcanal, and New Georgia” (Jefferson, 84-90, 158). Photographic studio imprint on the verso: “LaPerla Studio.” Fine condition.
Black Americana and Abolition – 10 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “Slavery Extinguishes All The Rights Of Man” 12. BOURNE, George. Picture of Slavery. Boston, 1838. Octavo, original green cloth, original printed paper spine label. $2600. First Boston edition of Bourne’s provocative work, featuring 11 woodcut-engraved illustrations of slavery’s “appalling and atrocious criminality,” exceptional in unrestored original cloth. “One of the first radical abolitionists… [Bourne] was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833) and a regular contributor to Garrison’s famous paper The Liberator” (ANB). He “published Book and Slavery Irreconcilable (1816), the first sustained examination of the relationship between slavery and the Bible in the U.S.” (ANB), and, in 1834, issued an extensively revised and expanded version in the first edition of Picture of Slavery. First Boston edition, issued by famed abolitionist publisher Isaac Knapp, preceded only by the exceedingly rare 1834 Middletown, Connecticut first edition. Without half title. Interior generally fresh with faint occasional marginal dampstaining. A near-fine copy in original cloth. First Edition Of Massachusetts’ Report On The Deliverance Of Citizens, Liable To Be Sold As Slaves, 1839 13. BRADBURN, George. Report on the Deliverance of Citizens, Liable to Be Sold as Slaves. House… No. 38. Boston, 1839. Octavo, original cream printed self-wrappers. $4000. First edition of the landmark 1839 Massachusetts Report firmly referencing the Constitution’s privileges and immunities clause in presenting the state’s “first formal protest against the laws of racial discrimination,” uncut in original self-wrappers. At the 1839 meeting of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, Wendell Phillips urged abolitionists to mount a challenge against southern coastal states that seized Massachusetts citizens and sold them into slavery. Not long after, there appeared “a 28-page report addressed to the state legislature,” signed by George Bradburn, a young minister from Nantucket. In its first official printing herein, Bradburn prominently cites Article IV, Section II of the U.S. Constitution, known as the privileges and immunities clause, and documents those states in violation of the clause. Bradburn’s work marks the state’s “first formal protest against the laws of racial discrimination along the southern coast” (Glass, 898-900). Rear leaf containing the four proposed Resolves. Owner signature on front wrapper. Text quite fresh with faint scattered foxing, small gutter-edge holes. A very scarce near-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 11 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Inscribed By Claude Brown And Civil Rights Leader Charles H. King 15. BROWN, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land. New York, 1965. Octavo, original red cloth, dust jacket. $3800. First edition of Claude Brown’s moving 1965 account of his journey out of poverty and crime in Harlem, inscribed: “To Elise & Josh, from Claude Brown,” and inscribed directly below by civil rights leader Charles H. King: “Sincerely Charles H. King.” “Manchild, published at the height of the civil rights movement, instantly put Brown in a class with Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Richard Wright” (Washington Post). This copy also features the inscription of Charles H. King, known for his “bootcamp-style” seminars focused on changing racial attitudes. Book about-fine, dust jacket with light wear and toning to extremities. A near-fine inscribed copy with an interesting association. Slaves Bought And Sold: Ledger From The 1850 Estate Sale Of A Maryland Tobacco Farmer 14. (BRISCOE, Samuel J.) TURNER, John R., clerk. Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate of Samuel J. Briscoe late of Charles County Deceased. Chaptico, Maryland, 1850. Small folio, string-bound ledger; ll. 12, custom chemise and slipcase. $2600. Original manuscript ledger of the public estate sale of Samuel J. Briscoe, tobacco farmer of Charles County, Maryland, and owner of 23 slaves, seven of whom were court-ordered to be reunited with the Briscoe family—for a price. Maryland tobacco farmer Samuel J. Briscoe died around 1850 either intestate or in great debt, requiring even his own family members to buy items from his estate at public sale. Chief among the “chattles” for sale were his slaves: five men, four women, seven boys and seven girls, most of whom were separated by the sale. Bookplate of San Francisco collector Francis A. Martin, Jr. Extremely good condition, with only a few ink smudges, minor patches of foxing, and shallow chipping to bottom corner. Scarce.
Black Americana and Abolition – 12 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 First Edition Of Chicago Novelist Frank London Brown’s First Novel, Trumbull Park, 1959, Accompanied By Mayhew’s Racial Terror At Trumbull Park, 1954 16. BROWN, Frank London. Trumbull Park. WITH: Mayhew Howard. Racial Terror at Trumbull Park, Chicago. Chicago, 1959, 1954. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket. WITH: Slim octavo, original self-wrappers. $1250. First edition of Brown’s first novel, a distinctive association copy with laid-in printed slip from the Frank London Brown Trust Fund addressed to fellow author and activist Jack Conroy. Accompanied by the first separate edition of Mayhew’s Racial Terror at Trumbull Park. Publication of Trumbull Park, Brown’s first novel, affirmed “his place within the Chicago Black Renaissance.” It was based on the violent racism that confronted the Howards, a Black family, when they moved to the all-white Trumbull housing project (Chicago Literary Hall of Fame). Accompanying this copy is Mayhew’s Racial Terror at Trumbull Park, Chicago, documenting attacks on the Black families. This memorable association copy contains a laid-in printed document from the Frank London Brown Trust Fund, addressed to Jack Conroy in an unidentified cursive. Conroy was best known for his autobiographical novels, The Disinherited (1933) and A World to Win (1935). Conroy lived in Chicago from the late 1930s to mid1960s; he would certainly have known Frank London Brown. Book fine; light edge-wear to spine ends of near-fine dust jacket; pamphlet with light edge-wear, mild soiling to fragile wrappers. Important First Edition Of John Brown’s Life And Letters, 1861, With Mounted Vintage Albumen Frontispiece Portrait Of John Brown, A Superb Copy 17. BROWN, John. The Life and Letters of Captain John Brown. London, 1861. Small octavo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, custom clamshell box. $6500. First edition of one of the very first biographies of John Brown, published in the first year of the Civil War, featuring mounted vintage albumen frontispiece of Brown, in original cloth. Brown’s Harpers Ferry raid “was for many a jeremiad against a nation that defied God in tolerating human bondage… It hardened positions over slavery everywhere” (ANB). With the armorial bookplate of Victorian industrialist Samuel Courtauld, a prominent English abolitionist. Bookseller ticket. Only light foxing to frontispiece as usual. A splendid about-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 13 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Pioneering First Edition Of WilliamWells Brown’s American Fugitive In Europe, 1855 18. BROWN, William Wells. The American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches of Places and People Abroad. Boston / Cleveland / New York, 1855. Octavo, original brown cloth. $5800. First edition of Brown’s substantially revised and expanded Three Years in Europe (1853), newly titled as American Fugitive in Europe with 12 new chapters, a core work in Brown’s “substantial legacy,” with striking engraved frontispiece portrait, in original cloth. Brown “remains an enduring figure in African American history and literature for his writing, his activism and his remarkable story of survival and triumph over slavery, illiteracy and systematic racism.” After escaping in 1834, Brown ultimately joined Frederick Douglass in the abolitionist cause, leading to publication of Brown’s autobiographical Narrative (1847). Forced into exile in Europe with passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, Brown remained abroad until 1854 when he “was persuaded to let friends buy his freedom” (African American Lives, 119-120). His years abroad had produced Three Years in Europe (1852), “one of his most significant” works, which he expanded for this first edition of his pioneering American Fugitive in Europe that features a “dozen new chapters” (Greenspan, 313, 327). Contemporary owner inscription. Interior generally fresh with trace of soiling, light foxing mainly to early leaves, trace of edge-wear, scant bit of toning to rear board of bright gilt-stamped unrestored cloth. A very scarce near-fine copy. First Edition Of Black Historian WilliamWells Brown’s Negro In The American Rebellion, Very Scarce In Original Cloth 19. BROWN, William Wells. The Negro in the American Rebellion. His Heroism and his Fidelity. Boston, 1867. Octavo, original gilt-stamped green cloth. $3800. First edition of Brown’s seminal Civil War history of African Americans, a handsome copy in original cloth. Born enslaved, Wells Brown became “the most pioneering and accomplished African American writer and cultural impresario of the 19th century.” His Negro in the American Rebellion broke ground as “the first history of African American military service in the Civil War” (Greenspan). Text very fresh, front free endpaper corner clipped, expert repairs to inner hinges, with bright gilt-stamped original cloth. A very desirable near-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 14 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 The Burns Case Helped Foster “Lincoln’s Presidency, The South’s Secession And The Civil War” (New York Times) 20. (BURNS, Anthony) Boston Slave Riot, and Trial of Anthony Burns. Boston, 1854. Slim octavo, original pictorial cream selfwrappers, custom clamshell box. $5200. First edition of a seminal pre-Civil War pamphlet on the 1854 arrest and Boston trial of fugitive slave Anthony Burns, whose return to his Virginia slave owner at the order of the Boston court sparked public fury, with front wrapper featuring an engraved portrait of Burns. The trial of fugitive slave Anthony Burns, “one of the most dramatic and famous incidents in the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act,” was sparked by the arrest in Boston of Anthony Burns, whose Virginia slave-owner Suttle followed him to Boston in 1854 and had Burns arrested. “The trial and removal of Burns from Boston created one of the great spectacles of the late antebellum period” (Finkelman, 107112). The Burns case moved Walt Whitman “to write an ironic piece, A Boston Ballad, soon to be incorporated into his revolutionary volume Leaves of Grass,” and at a July 4 antislavery rally, Thoreau delivered his speech, Slavery in Massachusetts. Text fresh, light edge-wear to wrappers, expert restoration to paper spine. A Rare Presentation Copy Inscribed By Theodore Parker 21. PARKER, Theodore. The Trial of Theodore Parker, for the ‘Misdemeanor’ of a Speech in Faneuil Hall against Kidnapping, before the Circuit Court of the United States, at Boston, April 3, 1855. With the Defence. Boston, 1855. Octavo, original green cloth. $3000. 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—a presentation copy inscribed to a dedicated Massachusetts abolitionist: “Mary Drew from her friend Theo. Parker.” Theodore Parker was arrested following the Faneuil Hall meeting protesting the arrest of fugitive slave Anthony Burns. After the government indicted but decided to drop the prosecution of Parker, he decided to publish this “lengthy and scathing” work. Here, in “‘one of the most remarkable and flamboyant American books of the 19th century,’ Parker presented a ‘thorough treatise on the right of free speech, the wrong of slavery, and the nature of judicial tyranny’” (Lubet, 220-21). The recipient Mary Drew was a prominent Worcester, Massachusetts abolitionist who also was a key figure in attendance at the 1850 Women’s Rights Convention. Contemporary gift inscription. Text very fresh with only lightest foxing to preliminaries, mere trace of edge-wear to original cloth. A desirable inscribed copy, about-fine.
Black Americana and Abolition – 15 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Signed By Octavia Butler 22. BUTLER, Octavia. Dawn Xenogenesis. New York, 1987. Octavo, original half navy cloth, dust jacket. $2800. First of the visionary first novel in Butler’s innovative Xenogenesis trilogy, boldly signed by her. Dawn, the first novel in Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (aka Lilith’s Brood), begins hundreds of years after a global nuclear holocaust and is centered around a Lilith Iyapo, a Black woman who awakens from suspended animation to find herself held captive on an interplanetary ship of the Oankali, aliens who practice gene trading to exchange genetic information with other species. To Library of America editor Gerry Caravan, “she seems to have seen the real future coming in a way few other writers did” (USA Today). Book fine; only tiny bit of edge-wear to about-fine dust jacket. Very Scarce Advance Review Copy, Inscribed By Octavia Butler 23. BUTLER, Octavia. Survivor. Garden City, 1978. Octavo, original yellow paper boards, dust jacket. $4800. First edition of the rarest book in Butler’s Patternmaster series, advance review copy with laidin publisher’s slip, inscribed: “To J— Best Wishes Octavia E. Butler.” Butler links science fiction “directly to the Black American slavery experiences via the slave narrative. This is a fundamental departure for SF as a genre” (Govan, 79). Survivor is the only one in the series to deflect its main architecture, serving as a bridge between Mind of My Mind (1977) and Clay’s Ark (1984). Containing laid-in ARC slip dated in typescript: “March 24, 1978.” Fine condition.
Black Americana and Abolition – 16 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “The Vast Amount Of Human Suffering And The Waste Of Human Life” 24. BUXTON, Thomas Fowell. The African Slave Trade and its Remedy. London, 1840. Octavo, original brown cloth. $2800. First expanded and revised edition of British abolitionist Buxton’s powerful call for an end to the slave trade, the first to include his extensive and influential Remedy, with large folding map of Central Africa, in original cloth. This first expanded edition of African Slave Trade—the first to include Buxton’s Remedy—documents the horrors of the Middle Passage to show that despite efforts to end the slave trade, “twice as many human beings are now its victims as when Wilberforce and Clarkson entered upon their noble task.” In Remedy Buxton argues: “legitimate commerce would put down the Slave Trade, by demonstrating the superior value of man as a laborer on the soil, to man as an object of merchandise” (Mann, 90). Interior fresh with light foxing to folding map as often, front inner paper hinge starting but very sound, mild rubbing and toning to bright original cloth. A desirable near-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 17 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 First Edition Of Black Power: SNCC Speaks For Itself, 1968 25. CARMICHAEL, Stokely and BROWN, H. Rap. Black Power. SNCC Speaks for Itself. A Collection of Statements and Interviews. Boston, 1968. Slim octavo, original printed tan paper wrappers. $3200. First edition of a major civil rights work with Statements by Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, a lengthy interview with Brown, and excepts from a controversial “working paper” on making SNCC fully “black-staffed, black-controlled and black-financed,” in original wrappers. This publication brings together two important figures in the Black Power movement: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) and H. Rap. Brown (Jamil Abdullah AlAmin). Carmichael, elected SNCC chairman in May 1966, resigned the following May to be succeeded by Brown—a transition that marks their roles as the controversial “protean figures” of the civil rights movement. In February 1968, two months before the assassination of Dr. King, Carmichael became Prime Minister of the Oakland-based Black Panthers. That same year Brown resigned as SNCC leader and similarly became affiliated with the Black Panthers as Minister of Justice. Small numerical notation on front wrapper. Fine condition. “Helped To Shape The Political Outlook Of An Entire Generation” 26. CARMICHAEL, Stokely. Testimony of Stokely Carmichael. HearingBefore the Subcommittee to Investigate theAdministration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate. Washington, 1970. Slim octavo, original printed beige self-wrappers. $750. First edition of the official two-hour Testimony by Carmichael, following a subpoena for his appearance before the Senate Subcommittee, “printed for the use of the Committee.” Carmichael was a student at Howard when he joined the Freedom Rides. After serving as chairman of SNCC—and following his call for “Black Power” during the Meredith March—he stepped away from SNCC in 1967 and traveled to Cuba, North Vietnam, China and Africa. On his return to the U.S., he became prime minister of the Oaklandbased Black Panther Party before resigning in July 1969. On March 24, 1970, Carmichael received a subpoena to appear before a Senate subcommittee. Facing jail time if he refused to appear, he invoked the Fifth Amendment over 40 times to questions by Senators Strom Thurmond and Birch Bayh. Carmichael “achieved a level of political notoriety that rivaled, indeed at time surpassed, that of Malcolm X… his activism helped to shape the political outlook of an entire generation” (Joseph, 319-21). Fine condition.
Black Americana and Abolition – 18 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “America’s First Great Black Novelist” (Heermance) 27. CHESNUTT, Charles W. The Conjure Woman. Boston and New York, 1899. Octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial brown cloth. $4000. First edition of the very scarce first book by Chesnutt, a key volume of seven stories fusing “ancient mythology with African American folklore,” a splendid copy in original cloth. Charles Chesnutt is esteemed for having “no peer in Afro-American fiction written before his time… Chesnutt saw the creation of literature as a weapon that could defeat racism” (Gates, 116). Conjure Woman, his first book, subverts 19th-century “plantation fiction and the racial ideologies that inform it” (Nowatzki, 27). Its seven tales often feature Aun’ Peggy, “a conjure woman who works magic and casts spells… Her spells and magic are the enslaved’s primary defense against the inhumanity of enslavement” (Montgomery, Testing & Tricking). An especially scarce copy in fine condition.
Black Americana and Abolition – 19 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “The First American Book To Call For Immediate Emancipation, An End To All Forms Of Racial Discrimination”— The Copy Of Lydia Maria Child’s Beloved Older Brother 28. CHILD, Lydia Maria. An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans. Boston, 1833. Small octavo, original blue-green cloth, custom clamshell box. $6000. First edition of this revolutionary 1833 antislavery work, a rare association copy with the owner signature of Child’s beloved older brother, Convers Francis, with him noting in ink below his signature “from his beloved sister, Mrs. Child.” Child’s revolutionary Appeal is “the most comprehensive indictment of slavery ever written by a white abolitionist… the first American book to call for immediate emancipation, an end to all forms of racial discrimination, and the integration of Americans as equal citizens” (Karcher, 137). This rare association copy belonged to Child’s older brother, Convers Francis, Jr., an influential Unitarian minister and Harvard professor who was “an original member of the Transcendentalist Club” (Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism, 112-13). Text and plates fresh with light scattered foxing mainly to preliminaries, expert restoration to original cloth, some rubbing to scarce original spine label. An extremely good association copy. First Edition Of Lydia Maria Child’s Important 1853 Biography Of Pioneering Abolitionist Isaac Hopper, Scarce In Original Cloth 29. CHILD, Lydia Maria. Isaac T. Hopper: A True Life. Boston, 1853. Octavo, original brown cloth. $2600. First edition of abolitionist Lydia Maria Child’s biography of Quaker abolitionist Isaac Hopper, a seminal figure in the Underground Railroad whose dramatic “Tales of Oppression” vividly document “his ingenuity in outwitting slave-catchers” (ANB). Hopper transformed the antislavery movement by making “assistance to fugitive slaves a quintessential form of abolitionist activism” (Sinha, 119). Lydia Maria Child, who authored this posthumous biography, was editor of the National Anti-Slavery Standard when she hired him in 1840, and that October he “penned the first of 79 narratives in a bi-weekly column called Tales of Oppression.” As she notes herein, these “tales,” minimally edited by her, form “a prominent portion of the book.” Hopper helped hundreds to “buy their freedom and have their freedom recognized in the eyes of the law” (Sinha, 119-20). First state, with sheets bulking 1-1/4 inches. Trace of bookplate removal. Minor restorations to spine ends. An excellent copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 20 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “The Official Whistle-Blower Of The Horrors Of Transatlantic Slavery” 30. CLARKSON, Thomas. An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Particularly the African…. With Additions. London, 1786. Octavo, early 19th-century full brown calf gilt. $18,000. First edition of Clarkson’s first published work, his “‘famous prize essay’ on the abolition of slavery,” igniting the campaign “for one of the fundamental rights of man” including in the United States (PMM 232). With this Essay, Clarkson “became the official whistle-blower of the horrors of transatlantic slavery” (Smith, 17). His “famous prize essay” at Cambridge ignited the campaign “for one of the fundamental rights of man” (PMM 232). While researching this Essay, Clarkson saw an “advertisement for Benezet’s Historical Account of Guinea. He was profoundly struck by the title and… ‘hastened to London to buy it’… Overwhelmed by the horror and brutality of transatlantic slavery, his goal of merely winning the prize” shifted to creating a work of wider impact—documenting the history of slavery, the horrors of the Middle Passage and slavery in the colonies. Clarkson stands as “the man who spawned the British Abolitionist Movement and the first Briton to devote his entire adult life to ending African slavery… the moral conscience of American slavery proponents well into the 19th century” (Smith, 9-30, 43). He lent “his pen and his prestige particularly to the cause of abolition in the United States” (DNB). Bound without rear leaf of publisher’s advertisement. Text fresh with lightest scattered foxing, light expert restoration to handsome binding.
Black Americana and Abolition – 21 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “In Most Of The Communities That Have Desegregated Their Schools The Common Reaction Might Be Summed Up By The Remark, ‘It Wasn’t As Bad As We Thought It Would Be’” 31. THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. Segregation and the Schools. New York, 1954. Octavo, staple-bound as issued, original pictorial paper wrappers; pp. 28. $6800. First edition of this pamphlet by the Public Affairs Committee in collaboration with the NAACP released in the aftermath of Brown v. Board and offering practical approaches to desegregation. When the Supreme Court desegregated schools through Brown v. Board in 1954, a slew of logistical problems remained. This pamphlet, released by the education-focused Public Affairs Committee, was intended to help move desegregation forward by offering practical, actionable information on how to move forward based on case studies and survey information. Interior generally fine, tiny stain to rear panel and only slightest rubbing to extremities. A lovely copy in nearly fine condition. Inscribed By Sammy Davis, Jr. 32. DAVIS, Sammy, Jr. Hollywood in a Suitcase. New York, 1980. Octavo, original half white cloth, dust jacket. $1200. First edition of this Rat Pack autobiography, illustrated with 48 pages of photographs, boldly inscribed: “ALL my BEST, Sammy Davis, Jr.” “Davis may have done more than any other African American of his time to liberate black entertainers from demeaning stereotypes… As Quincy Jones wrote, ‘Sammy Davis, Jr. did it all the way no one had done it before’” (ANB). This book chronicles his collaborations and friendships with such Hollywood legends as Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, “the Rat Pack,” Liza Minnelli and John Wayne. Book very nearly fine, dust jacket with a couple stray pen marks, slightest soiling, and light rubbing to extremities. A nearfine inscribed copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 22 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “The First Black Church In Philadelphia And One Of The First In The United States” (PBS) 33. DOUGLASS, William. Annals of the First African Church, in the United States of America, Now Styled The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1862. Small octavo, early 20th-century red cloth, custom clamshell box. $5500. First edition of Black abolitionist William Douglass’ 1862 history documenting the revolutionary beginnings of the Philadelphia church in the 1780s and its ensuing history, with rarely found frontispiece carte-de-visite of Reverend Douglass, in a presentation binding. This work documents the emergence of Philadelphia’s First African Church, which opened its doors in 1794, as the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, “making it the first black church in Philadelphia” (PBS). The book’s author, Black abolitionist William Douglass, was rector of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas from 1834 until his death in 1862. Presentation binding giltstamped “John W. Jones.” Within is a twentiethcentury gift inscription to bibliophile Leon Gardiner, reading: “To my Highly Esteemed friend, Leon Gardiner, with all good wishes. Wm. H. Riley Jones, 4/7/36.” With tiny bit of occasional underlining, annotations, marginalia. Interior very fresh, faintest edge-wear to bright gilt-lettered cloth. Fine condition. “Opens A Window Into The Waterborne Underground Railroad” (Sinha) 34. DRAYTON, Daniel. Personal Memoir of Daniel Drayton, For Four Years and Four Months a Prisoner (for Charity’s Sake) in Washington Jail, Including a Narrative of the Voyage and Capture of the Schooner Pearl. Boston, 1853. Small octavo, original printed brown paper wrappers. $3200. First edition of Drayton’s important Memoir documenting his bold yet failed 1848 attempt to rescue fugitive slave families by ship from Virginia to Philadelphia, including his prosecution in the courts, crucial in shifting the “Fugitive Slave Law onto the national agenda” (Sinha), with engraved frontispiece, especially rare in fragile original wrappers. This book revealed “how the antislavery movement used the trial of one man to attack the system of slavery… [and] contains much of the testimony and legal arguments from his trials… The material was not published in any other form” (Finkelman, 181). Text quite fresh with small bit of soiling to frontispiece; trace of edge-wear, faint soiling to fragile wrappers. A near-fine copy, uncommon in original wrappers.
Black Americana and Abolition – 23 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 First Highly Expanded And Revised Edition Of W.E.B. Du Bois’ Select Bibliography Of The Negro American, 1905, In Original Wrappers 35. DU BOIS, W.E.B., editor. A Select Bibliography of the Negro American. Atlanta, 1905. Octavo, original gray paper wrappers. $3500. First widely expanded and revised edition, a capstone volume in Du Bois’s landmark Atlantic University series, very scarce in original wrappers. Select Bibliography marks a watershed year in Du Bois’ Atlantic University publications. It is the tenth work in the series that “came under Du Bois’ direction after 1897… Du Bois would push the Atlanta University Studies to the frontier of American social science research… a blueprint of the segregated Black world’s economic infrastructure.” Du Bois became “the first to compile and analyze what should have already been available to professionals and a concerned public” (Levering Lewis, 2-4, 158-9). First expanded and revised edition, third overall: preceded only by a four-page 1900 edition and an 11-page 1901 work. Owner signature on title page. Light expert restoration to spine ends. A handsome about-fine copy. First Edition Of W.E.B. Du Bois’ John Brown, 1909, The Work “He Considered His Best Book” 36. DU BOIS, W. E. Burghhardt. John Brown. Philadelphia, 1909. Octavo, original blue cloth. $2700. First edition of Du Bois’ powerful biography of John Brown, a defining work in which “Du Bois clarified his own mission,” published the same year the NAACP was born and 50 years after the Harpers Ferry raid, with frontispiece portrait. In 1909, “Du Bois published what he considered his best book, John Brown” (Reynolds, 494). To many, the book’s “most crucial feature is… its ‘daring and dangerous’ celebration of the black masses as the principal agent in the struggle for liberation in 19th-century America.” To William Cain, Du Bois “strikingly Africanizes American history… ‘Only in a marginal way,’ Cain observes, ‘is John Brown “about a white man.” Rather it is a celebration of black achievement and aspiration’” (Ronda, 152-3). Trace of bookplate removal. Owner address label. Text very fresh with lightest rubbing mainly to spine ends of bright cloth. An about-fine copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 24 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Inscribed In The Year Of Publication By Civil Rights Leader James Forman 38. FORMAN, James. Sammy Younge, Jr. The First Black College Student to Die in the Black Liberation Movement. New York, 1968. Octavo, original black cloth, dust jacket. $950. First edition of a powerful account of the murder of Black Navy veteran Sammy Younge, Jr., which marked to Forman “the end of tactical non-violence,” inscribed in the year of publication to the wife of legendary Folkways Music’ founder Moses Asch: “To My Dear Friend Frances Asch, Best Wishes James Forman 12/15/68.” Formanwas anAir Force veteran and journalist who became involved with CORE. In 1961, he barely survived racist attacks by armed whites before his appointment as executive secretary of SNCC. Forman viewed an all-white jury’s acquittal of Segrest for the 1966 murder of Sammy Younge as a turning point. Younge, a Navy veteran, was shot and killed when he tried to use a “whites only” restroom. To Forman, who had experienced this type of violence himself, Younge’s murder “marked the end of tactical non-violence” (Lucks). The recipient of this copy is Frances Asch, the wife of Folkways Music founder Moses Asch and the guardian of his legacy. Folkways “spurred the folk-music revival of the 1950s and the protest-song movement of the ’60s. Bob Dylan’s first album included versions of songs he had learned from the Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music” (New York Times). Trace of bookseller notation. A fine copy. Motown Address Book Of Esther Gordy Edwards, Sister Of Motown Founder Berry Gordy 37. EDWARDS, Esther Gordy. Motown address book. Detroit, Michigan, circa 1970. Slim, tall quarto (3-1/2 by 12 inches), original full floral-patterned cloth; pp. 68, custom clamshell box. $3200. Vintage address book from the 1970s-’80s, used by Esther Gordy Edwards—sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, and executive and founder of the Motown Historical Museum—and filled with addresses and phone numbers for many members of her famous family and such celebrities as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Alex Haley, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King and more. “As Motown and its Detroit headquarters turned into a pop-soul powerhouse,” Esther Gordy Edwards “served as a company executive who guided a young Stevie Wonder and managed the careers of such era-defining artists as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes” (Los Angeles Times). Index tabs lightly soiled, expert joint repairs. An intriguing piece of Motown memorabilia.
Black Americana and Abolition – 25 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Exceptional First-Hand Account Of WWI Black Soldiers 39. MASON, Monroe and FURR, Arthur. The American Negro Soldier with the Red Hand of France. Boston, 1920. Octavo, original red cloth. $3200. First edition of the very scarce contemporary history of African American soldiers fighting in WWI alongside the famed “Red Hand,” with frontispiece and six full-page illustrations including map, in original cloth. The 372d Colored Infantry Regiment of WWI served in France under French command. It was attached to French General Goybet’s 157th Division, famed as the “Red Hand.” This work vividly describes the “conditions under which these Black defenders of Democracy fared… all were made to feel the sting of segregation... The French, knowing of the unblemished record of these troops, could not understand America’s attitude toward her Black troops and earnestly requested that several of these units be assigned to them for combat training. The French government would award the whole regiment the Croix de Guerre with Palm” (Sutherland, 286). Text fine, mild toning, trace of soiling to original cloth. A near-fine copy. Inscribed By Benjamin Franklin Gardner, One Of America’s First Western Black Poets 40. GARDNER, Benjamin Franklin. Black. Caldwell, Idaho, 1933. Small octavo (5-1/2 by 7-3/4 inches), original black cloth, dust jacket. $1200. First edition of Gardner’s critically praised first and only book of poetry, inscribed: “In appreciation of a very Pleasant and Profitable Acquaintance. Best wishes, T— P— From Benj. F. Gardner 10-8-38 (On a train, enroute from Grand Island to Omaha, Nebr.).” Gardner, the son of enslaved parents, traveled widely across America and worked as a Pullman porter while crafting the 60 poems in Black. On publication of Black in 1933, the New York Times praised Gardner for his “sureness of ear… The secret of these rhythmic liberties is… infectious.” A fine inscribed copy.
Black Americana and Abolition – 26 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 “One Of The Most Radical And Enigmatic Figures In 20th-Century History” (Grant): Photograph Of Marcus Garvey, Boldly Signed By Him 41. GARVEY, Marcus. Photograph signed. No place, circa 1920. Contemporary sepia-toned photograph, measuring 8 by 10 inches. $18,500. Photograph circa 1920 of Jamaican-American leader Marcus Garvey, an exceptional photographic portrait signed by Garvey with his bold signature. “Garvey was a harbinger of later black nationalist leaders such as Malcolm X… [and] served as an important link between early 20thcentury black leaders and modern spokesmen” (Gates, 215-16). Photograph verso with trace of removal from gray cardboard leaf. The leaf with early partial paper slips containing matting instructions affixed, none affecting photograph. Accompanying is a book: Rogers. J.A., World’s Great Men of Color, illustrated with image of the same photograph (p. 416). A fine signed photographic portrait of a powerful figure in American and world history. Extraordinarily rare; we are aware of only one other signed Garvey photograph appearing on the market, and that one was only initialed. “It Puts America And The World Finger-Tips Away From America’s Black Businesses”: Inscribed By The Editor, Leslie Gatheright, Jr. 42. GATHERIGHT, Lesly, Jr. American Black Directory. Chicago, Illinois, 1975. Folio (7 by 11 inches), staple-bound as issued, original printed green paper wrappers. $3800. First edition of this directory of Black-owned businesses, Black professionals, and Black skilled workers from coast to coast, meant to generate billions for the American Black business community, inscribed in the year of publication: “To Lester Jackson. Thanks & Good Luck. L. Gatheright. 1975.” A later counterpart to the famous Green Book that helped black motorists find safe businesses, the post-segregation American Black Directory aimed to direct the Black community to Blackowned businesses nationwide. The inscribee, Lester Jackson, may possibly be Lester George Jackson III, the professor, Georgia state senator, and DNC appointee. We have not been able to verify that the inscription is in the author’s hand. Only a few small sports of soiling to interior, marginal clipping—likely owner information—from last leaf of text, minor adhesive staining to rear wrapper, light wear and soiling to wrappers. An extremely good copy.