July 2022 Catalogue

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.