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"MA FACE PERDUE TA FACE ÉPERDUE / ENSEMBLE FONDU INTIMES CONFONDUES…"

PICASSO, Pablo and CESAIRE, Aime. Corps Perdu. Paris, 1950.

Striking first edition of this powerful celebration of black pride, number 42 of only 177 copies (out of a total edition of 219 copies) on Velin de Montval and signed by poet Aime Cesaire and artist Pablo Picasso, featuring poetry by Cesaire and 32 beautiful illustrations by Picasso (one etching, one etching and rupoint, 10 aquatints, and 20 engravings with burin). $24,000.

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"BY DESIRE OF THE OWNER OF THIS BOOK, I APPEND MY NAME, WITH PLEASURE"

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1844. Two volumes.

First edition, mixed issue, one of only 1500 copies printed, warmly inscribed by Barrett's husband, the poet Robert Browning, after her death: "By desire of the owner of this book, I append my name, with pleasure. Robert Browning. March 25-'86." The copy of Louise Whitfield Carnegie, a prominent philanthropist and the wife of Andrew Carnegie, with her bookplates, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Zaehnsdorf. $17,500.

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“I HERE WITH PEN AND INK APPEND MY NAME”

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. [Camden, New Jersey, 1889].

One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman's 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page, with six portraits of Whitman, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. $14,500.

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ONE OF 460 COPIES SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

(RACKHAM, Arthur) IBSEN, Henrik. Peer Gynt. London, 1936.

Deluxe signed limited edition of Ibsen’s classic dramatic poem, number 275 of 460 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham (of which only 450 were for sale), with 12 vibrant color plates by Rackham. $2500.

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ASK YOUR MAMA, INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Ask Your Mama. New York, 1961.

First edition of Hughes' epic poem, hailed as a "milestone" in its celebration of African American blues, jazz and the tradition of the 'dozens', a memorable presentation/association copy inscribed by him in green and blue ink to a preeminent fellow poet, "Especially for Nancy Sullivan on the night of your awards, best wishes ever—Sincerely, Langston Hughes, Kansas City April 29, 1965." $1900.

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"THE EMERGENCE OF BLACK LITERARY MODERNISM": CLAUDE MCKAY'S SPRING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1920

MCKAY, Claude. Spring in New Hampshire. London, 1920.

First edition of McKay's seminal volume of 31 poems including iconic works such as Harlem Dance and The Lynching, published in London shortly before his return to America as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, with frontispiece portrait, uncut in fragile original wrappers. $1100.

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