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"LABOR HAS A GREAT STAKE IN THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, IF ONLY BECAUSE THE FORCES THAT ARE ANTI-NEGRO ARE USUALLY ANTI-LABOR TOO"

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Autograph manuscript leaf from Stride Toward Freedom. Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1957.

Exceptional original autograph manuscript leaf entirely in Martin Luther King Jr.'s hand for his book Stride Toward Freedom, discussing the natural relationship between the Labor movement and the Civil Rights Movement. $19,500.

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INSCRIBED BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

KING Jr., Martin Luther. Stride Toward Freedom. New York, 1958. First edition of Dr. King's first book, an account of the Montgomery bus strike, boldly inscribed by the civil rights leader, "Best Wishes, Martin Luther King, Jr." (dated "9/13/58" in another hand). $12,500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST VIVID INDICTMENTS OF SLAVERY EVER PENNED”

STEDMAN, J.G. (BLAKE, William, illustrator). Narrative of a Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes. London, 1796. Two volumes.

First edition of Stedman’s scarce and important Narrative, with three folding engraved maps, a folding aquatint engraving, and 77 engraved plates, including 16 engraved by William Blake. Handsomely bound in polished calf-gilt by Zaehnsdorf. $5500.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

(DECARAVA, Roy) HUGHES, Langston. Sweet Flypaper of Life. New York, 1955.

First edition of this landmark collaboration between Hughes and DeCarava, the preferred softcover edition, boldly inscribed on the verso of the front wrapper by Hughes in his trademark green ink, "To Caroline, Sincerely, Langston Hughes October 8, 1958," containing his lyrical text and 141 engaging photogravures by DeCarava, a beautiful copy. $4800.

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INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES

HUGHES, Langston. Simple Takes a Wife. New York, 1953.

First edition of the breakthrough second work in Hughes' popular series, a "superior achievement" (New York Times), an exceptional presentation/association copy inscribed in the year of publication by Hughes on the colophon page to Alta Douglas, wife of renowned artist Aaron Douglas and viewed as the mother of the Harlem Renaissance, "Especially for Alta—my 13th book!—this story with a Harlem Blackground [sic]—Sincerely, Langston, New York, April 29, 1953." At her death six years later, Hughes mourned with those who saw that her "passing marked definitely 'the closing of the ring' on the Harlem Renaissance"(Arnold Rampersad). $4800.

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"THE OFFICIAL WHISTLE-BLOWER OF THE HORRORS OF TRANSATLANTIC SLAVERY": EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF THOMAS CLARKSON'S FIRST WORK, ESSAY ON THE SLAVERY AND COMMERCE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES, 1786

(CLARKSON, Thomas). Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species. London, Printed: Philadelphia, 1786.

First American edition of Clarkson's extremely scarce first published work, preceded by the same year’s first English edition, his “famous prize essay”” on the abolition of slavery,” igniting the campaign “for one of the fundamental rights of man” (PMM 232). $4500.

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"FOR MARIAN ANDERSON, IN DEEP APPRECIATION AND FRIENDSHIP": VERY SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF ALAIN LOCKE'S NEGRO AND HIS MUSIC, INSCRIBED BY LOCKE, THE "DEAN OF THE HARLEM RENAISANCE," TO MARIAN ANDERSON

(ANDERSON, Marian) LOCKE, Alain. Negro and His Music. Washington, D.C. 1936.

First edition of the "only monograph on the music" of the Harlem Renaissance, an exceptional presentation/association copy uniting two of the 20th-century's leading African Americans, warmly inscribed by Alain Locke to Marian Anderson the year she made history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "For Marian Anderson, in deep appreciation and friendship, Alain Locke, 1939." $4200.

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“VERY REAL PEOPLE MEETING REALITY HEAD-ON AND THEN STUBBORNLY TRANSCENDING IT”

HIRSCHFELD, Al and SAROYAN, William. Harlem As Seen By Hirschfeld. New York, 1941.

Limited first edition, number 317 of 1000 copies, with 24 original mounted lithographs, some in color, on hand-made paper. $3800.

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RARE TYPED PAGE FROM AN EARLY DRAFT OF THE BOOK VERSION OF ROOTS, HEAVILY ANNOTATED IN ALEX HALEY’S HAND, HANDSOMELY MATTED AND FRAMED WITH A PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP PORTRAIT FROM THE MOVIE SET OF THE ROOTS MINISERIES

HALEY, Alex. Typed draft page annotated. No place, circa 1975.

Rare typed page from an early book draft of Roots heavily annotated in green felt-tip marker in Alex Haley’s own hand, handsomely matted and framed with a photographic group portrait from the movie set of the Roots miniseries. $3800.

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“THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN AMERICAN OF THE 19TH CENTURY”

DOUGLASS, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. New York and Auburn, 1855.

First edition of Douglass' second autobiography—his "'true' life story"—with three engraved plates, including the stipple-engraved frontispiece from the classic daguerreotype of Douglass, and printed extracts from his famous speeches. $3200.

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PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED BY JOSEPHINE BAKER

BAKER, Josephine. Photograph inscribed. New York, circa 1937.

Beautiful and dramatic original photograph of “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw” (Ernest Hemingway) in an evening gown by photographer Murray Korman, inscribed in purple ink, “A Monsieur Pierre Drassac, en souvenir de Josephine Baker, 1940.” $2500.

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FIRST EDITION OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON’S TUSKEGEE & ITS PEOPLE, 1905, WITH AN MAJOR ESSAY BY WASHINGTON—THE ERA’S “MOST DOMINANT FIGURE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIETY”

WASHINGTON, Booker T. Tuskegee & Its People. New York, 1905.

First edition of an important work on Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute, expressing his goal "to write a history of the individual yearnings for the light of knowledge"—a scarce copy containing the publisher's tipped-in leaf printed, "Compliments of Booker T. Washington"—with essays by Washington, leaders of the school and graduates, along with frontispiece portrait of Washington and 23 full-page illustrations. $1900.

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“IN THE HISTORY OF ABOLITION, BENEZET… SHOULD HAVE A PLACE OF HONOR”

(SLAVERY) BENEZET, Anthony. Some Historical Account of Guinea… Also a Republication of the Sentiments of several Authors… Particularly an Extract of a Treatise written by Granville Sharp. Philadelphia: Printed 1771. London: Re-printed, 1772.

First English edition of Benezet's monumental work—"among the first accounts of the horror of the slave trade"—credited by fellow abolitionist Thomas Clarkson as "instrumental beyond any other book ever published in disseminating a proper knowledge and detestation of this trade," together in one volume as in the 1771 Philadelphia edition with Extract from Granville Sharp's "Representation of the Injustice… of Tolerating Slavery." $1850.

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“STRIKE OUT DISCRIMINATION IN BASEBALL!”

(BLACK AMERICANA) AMERICAN LABOR PARTY. Protest flyer. Bronx County, 1953.

Original flyer from a 1953 demonstration held outside of Yankee Stadium held to protest management’s refusal to integrate the New York Yankees, accompanied by a contemporary magazine containing a lengthy story on the issue. $1800.

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"WE CANNOT PAY THE TRIBUTE OF MERCY WITHOUT ENDANGERING THE TREASURY": RARE FIRST EDITION OF RANDOLPH'S LETTER… ON THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE, 1788

RANDOLPH, Rev. F[rancis], M.A. Letter… on the Proposed Abolition of the African Slave Trade. London, 1788.

First edition of Randolph’s important 1788 Letter against swift abolition of the slave trade, published the same year Prime Minister Pitt, “substituting for Wilberforce,” raised the subject in House of Commons, with Randolph instead proposing fresh regulations for slave owners and the slave trade, from the collection of the New York Historical Society. $1650.

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"DOOMED FOR NO OTHER CRIME, THAN THAT OF A BLACK SKIN"

(SLAVERY) (GARRISON, William Lloyd). Anti-Slavery Record. New-York, 1835.

First edition of Volume I of the 1835 Anti-Slavery Record, the groundbreaking first year of its brief three-year run, containing all 12 monthly issues (including the rare January-July first editions), issued by the American Anti-Slavery Society only two years after its founding at the direction of William Lloyd Garrison—hailed by Frederick Douglass as abolitionism's "chief apostle"—complete with eleven woodcut-engraved images on monthly covers and appendix with two in-text engravings. $1650.

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"AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MASTERPIECE, RIVALED IN 18TH-CENTURY AMERICA ONLY BY THAT OF FRANKLIN"

WOOLMAN, John. Works. Philadelphia, 1774.

First edition of renowned abolitionist John Woolman's Works, published two years after his death, including his landmark essay against slavery, Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes (1754-62), and the first publication of his Journal, scarce in contemporary tree calf. $1350.

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1831 MANUSCRIPT SLAVE DEED TRANSFERRING THE OWNERSHIP OF "HENRY, ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD" FOR THE SUM OF $1

SLAVERY . Manuscript slave deed for Henry, about 5 years old. Davidson County, Tennessee, January 16, 1831.

Scarce manuscript slave deed from 1831, in which a little boy, "Henry, about five years old," is sold to C.H. Dickson and Ann Dickinson and "their heirs & assigns" for the sum of one dollar. $1200.

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FIRST EDITION OF CARL SANDBURG'S THE CHICAGO RACE RIOTS, 1919

SANDBURG, Carl. The Chicago Race Riots. New York, 1919.

First book edition of Sandburg's investigation of racial unrest in Chicago, with an Introductory Note by Walter Lippmann. $1200.

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INSCRIBED BY GORDON PARKS TO CHARLTON HESTON'S WIFE, PHOTOGRAPHER AND ACTRESS LYDIA HESTON

PARKS, Gordon. Moments Without Proper Names. New York, 1975.

First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Gordon Parks to Lydia Heston, wife of Charlton Heston, "To Lydia, With best of wishes to a fellow artist, Gordon, New York, November 1978," with over 130 color and black-and-white photographic plates (many double page). $1100.

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“PHILADELPHIA’S BLACK HISTORY MIRRORS THE LARGER STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS”

(SOCIETY OF FRIENDS). Statistical Inquiry. Philadelphia, 1849.

First edition of the highly influential second census of Philadelphia’s African Americans, a work cited by W.E.B. Du Bois in his own history, The Philadelphia Negro (1899), and published by the Society of Friends to record the “distress and degradation which prevail… most of which can be distinctly traced to the evil influences of slavery.” $900.

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"EVERYBODY WAS REALLY DIGGING THEMSELVES AND THINKING AND SAYING IN THEIR BEHAVIOR, IN EVERY ACTION 'WOW! MAN, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE COLORED'"

BROWN, Claude. Manchild in the Promised land. New York, 1965.

First edition of this moving autobiography chronicling one man's journey out of poverty and crime in Harlem. $800.

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“AN ACCURATE AND MORALLY DRIVEN ACCOUNT OF THE REALITY OF SLAVERY”

(SLAVERY) HODGSON, Adam. Remarks during a Journey through North America. New-York, 1823.

First edition of Hodgson’s account of travels across nearly 7000 miles of America, describing his encounters with Indian tribes, a meeting with Jefferson at Monticello, and his “unbiased observations” (Field) on the brutality of slavery, featuring the first publication of his Letter to M. Jean-Baptiste Say, enlisting Adam Smith, David Hume, Franklin and others to dispute Say’s view of slavery as more profitable than free labor. $750.

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SISKIND, Aaron. Harlem Document. Providence, Rhode Island, (1981).

First trade paper edition of the classic photobook featuring Siskind’s “engagingly perceptive” images of Harlem, inscribed, “To Joan, Greetings! Aaron Siskind, 5-4-82,” with 52 finely screened black-and-white photogravures. $750.

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"TO INTERPRET MY OWN PEOPLE THROUGH SONG AND STORY"

DUNBAR, Paul Laurence. Poems of Cabin and Field. New York, 1900.

Second edition of the inaugural work in a series of illustrated poetry collections by Dunbar, "an important predecessor to the younger generation of poets of the Harlem Renaissance," containing eight poems and illustrated with over 50 photographic halftones, scarce in original cloth. $300.

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