July 2022 Catalogue

Black Americana and Abolition – 35 – Bauman Rare Books - July 2022 Scarce 1864 Lincoln Platform Broadside, “Forever Prohibiting The Existence Of Slavery Within The United States” 57. LINCOLN, Abraham. The Platforms. No place, after August 29, 1864. Broadside printed in double columns, measuring 8 by 10-1/4 inches; p. 1. $3500. First broadside side-by-side publication of the Democratic and Republican platforms for 1864 election year (Lincoln v. McClellan), clearly referencing slavery as the cause of the Civil War. Shortly following the Democratic Convention in Chicago, the Union Party (i.e. the Republic Party, temporarily renamed) circulated this clearly pro-Republican analysis of differences between the two platforms—the main difference being that “the Union Platform regards Slavery as the inciting, guilty cause of the Rebellion—the Democratic is silent in terms as to Slavery.” Faint browning along folds, tiny chip to top corner, two small tape repairs to verso. Near-fine condition. “The Best Known African American Unit Of WWI” 58. LITTLE, Arthur W. FromHarlem to the Rhine. The Story of New York’s Colored Volunteers. New York, 1936. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket. $1250. First edition of Colonel Little’s history of the pioneering WWI African American combat unit, famed as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” signed by the author, with the inscription in an unidentified hand: “This book is presented toEdwardGoodell, at the suggestion of ‘Trainee’ Arthur W. Little, Jr., 5th Co. Plattsburg 1940—with the compliments of the author—September 12th 1940.” Begun as a National Guard Infantry Regiment, “manned by Black enlisted soldiers with both Black and white officers, the 369th Infantry Regiment, popularly known as the ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ was the best known African American unit of WWI… Spending over six months in combat, perhaps the longest of any American unit in the war, the 369th suffered approximately 1500 casualties” (BlackPast). Here Col. Little, the white chief of Staff to Col. Hayward, offers the first complete story of Harlem Hellfighters. Faintest toning to spine of about-fine book; light edge-wear, mild creasing, small bit of tape reinforcement to verso of very good dust jacket.