July 2022 Catalogue

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.