July 2022 Catalogue

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.