July 2022 Catalogue

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.