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The Negro Mother, and Other Dramatic Recitations
  • Edition: First edition
  • Book condition: Softcover. Near fine in original pictorial yellow wrappers. Six poems from Hughes. This copy has been hand-colored by the artist
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[New York]: (The Golden Stair Press, 1931. First edition. Softcover. Near fine in original pictorial yellow wrappers. Six poems from Hughes. This copy has been hand-colored by the artist. Very scarce.. Thin octavo. 20 pages. Fully illustrated with hand-colored decorations by Prentiss Taylor.

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One-Way Ticket

Hughes, Langston

  • Edition: First Edition
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. Jacob Lawrence. BOLDLY INSCRIBED by Langston Hughes on the front end paper: "With all my / regard to / Eusebia -- / Sincerely, / Langston / New York, / March 31, / 1949." A collection of poems, with six striking illustrations by Jacob Lawrence. The recipient, Eusebia Adriana Cosme (1911 [?] -1976), was a Cuban-born actress and interpreter of Afro-Antillean poetry and literature. She gave recitals in which she also designed the scenery and costumes. Her concerts featured primarily the works of Hispanic poets, although she also performed the works of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar. After leaving Cuba in the late 1930s, she settled in New York, where she had her own Spanish-language radio program on CBS doing poetry recitals and dramatic readings. In the 1960s, she appeared in films; she had a role in Sidney Lumet's 1964 film, "The Pawnbroker." Then, in 1966, she appeared in a Mexican film, "El Derecho de Nacer," (The Ri... Read more

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Simple Speaks His Mind.

HUGHES, Langston.

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New York: Simon and Schuster,, 1950. Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, titles to spine gilt on black ground and to upper board in black, top edge dyed black. With the dust jacket. Lightly rubbed at extremities, spine very slightly faded, contents toned. An excellent copy in the rubbed and nicked jacket with tanned spine panel which is split cleanly down the upper fold and repaired with tape to the verso. First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For my friends Dr. and Mrs. "Tex" Burnett, from an "ole Lincolnite" – Langston. New York, November 27, 1950". With the original typed mailing label from Hughes to Burnett loosely inserted. "Lincolnite" refers to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where Hughes earned his undergraduate degree in 1929 before returning to live in Harlem.

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life.

The Sweet Flypaper of Life.

DeCarava, Roy and Langston Hughes

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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. First edition of the classic collaboration between Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes. Small octavo, original photographic wrappers. Signed by DeCarava. In near fine condition. Roth 101, Parr & Badger, The Photobook I, 242; The Open Book, 160. "Acknowledged as the most influential black writer of his generation, and as one of the greatest American poets of all time here composed a fictional story to accompany DeCarava’s images, creating a lyrical tale about imaginary characters to go with photographs of real people" (Roth, 138). Hailed as "an important step forward" in the history of photobooks, Sweet Flypaper of Life proved especially significant in its "design, featuring a pacy, cinematic style. It is also a book that had more impact in its cheaper paperback edition, since, radically, Hughes’ text begins on the cover" (Parr & Badger II:242). "The book won two awards, received critical acclaim in The New York Times Book... Read more

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Simple Takes a Wife

Hughes, Langston

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. INSCRIBED by Hughes in the year of publication: "For My Next Door Neighbor, Staples, who heard this book being written." April 1953. A lovely, tender inscription. Original pictorial boards, a bit fragile, as usual, with cheap paper browned as always.

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Shakespeare in Harlem

Hughes, Langston

  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. Illus. by E. McKnight Kauffer. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾. Hardcover. Book. 1st Edition. Signed by Author(s). A somewhat larger than usual hand than is characteristic for Hughes,; " Sincerely, / Langston Hughes".

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Montage of a Dream Deferred.
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8vo. New York: Henry Holt, 1951. 8vo, 75 pp. Black boards with red lettering on spine. Original yellow printed dust jacket. Inscribed “for Conrad with the sincere regards of Langston Hughes. New York, November 1, 1951” on the first blank. Minor soiling to dust jacket, with a small closed tear repaired almost invisibly. First edition. Hughes 10th book of poetry, containing perhaps his most famous poem “Harlem,” and radiating his particular jazz-infused approach to poetry. Blockson 5883.

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The Sweet Flypaper of Life

The Sweet Flypaper of Life

DECARAVA, Roy and HUGHES, Langston

  • Edition: First Edition
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NY: Simon & Schuster. 1955. A Roth 101 title. Photographs by DeCarava; text by Hughes. With an autograph postcard signed by DeCarava, dated in 1982, thanking the recipient for her "lovely and generous" letter. The image on the postcard is one by DeCarava. The card is fine, laid into a very good copy of the wrappered issue of the book, which has a spine lean and rubbing to the joints. Together with the recipient's copy (with her bookplate, also dated 1982) of Roy DeCarava: Photographs, the exhibition catalog from a 1975 show at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts. Near fine in stapled wrappers. Laid into this are a press release and a promotional card for a 1982 show at the Witkin Gallery in New York. DeCarava was an African-American photographer from Harlem whose work was immortalized in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1996. First Edition. Softcover.

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SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM

SHAKESPEARE IN HARLEM

HUGHES, Langston

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Dustwrapper soiled with some chipping at the top of the rear panel and a small piece at the top of the spine detached but presen
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942. First Edition. Hardcover. Dustwrapper soiled with some chipping at the top of the rear panel and a small piece at the top of the spine detached but present. Very Good in a fragile, still Good dustwrapper. Cloth-backed boards. INSCRIBED "For Arpad, Jr.--/with all good/wishes from an/old schoolmate/of your parents,/Langston Hughes" and SIGNED by the author, dated "Milwaukee, February 7, 1945."

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One-Way Ticket

Hughes, James Mercer Langston (1902 –1967) inscribed

  • Book condition: Very Good
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Hughes, James Mercer Langston (1902–1967) One-Way Ticket New York, Alfred A Knopf, 1949. xviii+136 pages with six woodblock prints by Jacob Lawrence. Octavo (8 ½" x 6") bound in original publisher’s quarter cloth over blind stamped yellow boards with gilt lettering to spine in original jacket. Inscribed First edition. Langston Huges’ poetry and fiction portrayed the lives of the working-class blacks in America, lives he portrayed as full of struggle, joy, laughter, and music. Permeating his work is pride in the African-American identity and its diverse culture. Hughes stressed a racial consciousness and cultural nationalism devoid of self-hate. His thought united people of African descent and Africa across the globe to encourage pride in their diverse black folk culture and black aesthetic. Hughes was one of the few prominent black writers to champion racial consciousness as a source of inspiration for black artists. His African-American race consciousness and cultural nationalism would influence many ... Read more

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Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz

Hughes, James Mercer Langston (1902 –1967)

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92 pages. Oblong octavo (7 1/4" x 8 3/4") issued in quarter bound beautiful full-color cubist-styled paper boards over an off-white linen spine with black stamping to the spine. The text block is printed on pink paper with brown lettering. inscribed by Hughes. First edition.In language bursting with sound and rhythm-angry, blue, fiercely ironic, funny, and haunting-Langston Hughes has unleashed here a sequence of brilliant jazz poetry that cannot fail to stir even the tone-deaf. These are poems that demand to be read aloud, and whether or not the proper instruments are handy, the description, line by line, of the musical accompaniment which appears beside the verse is so vivid that the music can be imagined. The language derives its is so vivid that the music can be imagined. The language derives its inspiration from the jazz, taking off at moments like a solo instrument, pounding you like bongo drums, moving in free association. But beneath the flights of fancy is a thematic unity, and you are drawn back to ... Read more

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ONE-WAY TICKET

ONE-WAY TICKET

HUGHES, Langston

  • Edition: First Edition
  • Book condition: Slight smearing to the ink of the date only; small stains on three pages. Very Good in a Good or better dustwrapper, soiled and
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Slight smearing to the ink of the date only; small stains on three pages. Very Good in a Good or better dustwrapper, soiled and rubbed with a chip on the rear panel at the top near the spine. Cloth-backed boards. INSCRIBED "especially/for Laura Irvin,/with the sincere/regards of--/Langston Hughes" and SIGNED by the author and dated "Fisk, February 15, 1951."

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  • Edition: First Edition, First Printing
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New York: W.W. Norton and Co., Inc., 1962. First Edition, First Printing. INSCRIBED by Langston Hughes on the front end paper in the year of publication: "For Helen Burrell, / Sincerely, / Langston Hughes / Sept. 30, / 1962." Langston Hughes's inspiring story of the NAACP and the battles it led to secure the rights of African-Americans. 8vo, ix, 224 pages. Near Fine in a dust jacket with some wear to the spine ends, a couple short tears, a chip to the lower edge of the front panel, and some soiling. "Don't say it -- because you might be declared subversive -- but we want freedom." -- Langston Hughes in the Author's Postscript.

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  • Edition: 1st ed
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Crown, 1960. 1st ed. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. xiv, 207p. dj. 21cm. Chipping at ends of backstrip and cover corners. INSCRIBED to Amy Spingarn ("Especially for Amy Spingarn, Sincerely -- Langston New York, June 24, 1960"). Three postcards to Amy Spingarn from Nigeria laid in - one is from Hughes and the other two are from "Arthur" (presumably Arthur B. Spingarn, her brother-in-law who succeeded her husband as National President of the NAACP in 1940 and served in that capacity for a quarter of a century). Hughes went to Africa in November, 1960, to attend the inauguration of Nnamdi Azikwe as Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of newly-independent Nigeria. The Hughes postcard is undated and was sent from Kano. Its message is short: "Greetings from Nigeria! Langston." We assume that independence of Nigeria (and other former colonies) brought the President of the NAACP to Nigeria in October, 1960. Spingarn's postcards are dated October 5 and 14. The earlier one ... Read more

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Tambourines to Glory

Hughes, James Mercer Langston (1902 –1967)

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188 pages Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original black cloth with pink inverse lettering to spine. Inscribed by the author. First edition. Langston Hughes said of this novel, "Tambourines to Glory is an urban folk tale set against a background of colorful independent, unorthodox churches which have sprung up all over Harlem in the last decade. It is in no sense an attack on organized religion, or on cults as such, but is a fictional expose of certain ways in which religion is misused in large city communities today by various types of unscrupulous leaders who might be called 'gospel racketeers,' preying upon the gullibility of simple people." Condition: Points rubbed, corners bumped, inscribed by Hughes on front end paper, book plate to front paste down, back end paper verso previous owner's name. Original jacket restored by Octavaye Studios, else a very good copy in like jacket.

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Street Scene. An American Opera. (Based on Elmer Rice's Play). Music by Kurt Weill. Book by...
  • Edition: First
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New York: Chappell & Co., Inc.. [1948]. First. First edition. Large quarto. 273pp. Printed wrappers. Top corner very slightly bumped, a trifle age-toned on the wrappers, and publisher's price sticker on the title page, a nice, near fine copy. Ownership signature of Daniel Rule inside the front wrapper. Rule was the director of the New York City Opera. .

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The Weary Blues

Hughes, Langston (with an introduction by Carl van Vechten)

  • Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing
  • Book condition: Very Good+
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good+. 1926. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. This copy includes a laid-in postcard signed, and inscribed by the author - the book itself is not signed. This book is in Very Good++ condition and is lacking the scarce dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light bumping and rubbing to the spine ends and corners of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. This copy includes a postcard with a holograph (autographed) inscription and signature (and address to recipient). This is the author's first book and one of 1500 copies. " "The Weary Blues" takes place at an old Harlem bar on Lenox Avenue. There is a piano player playing the blues. As he plays, the speaker observes his body movement and the tone of his voice. Throughout the poem, several literary devices are used to guide the reader through the mixture of emotions the blues player is feeling." also: "James Mercer Langsto... Read more

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The Langston Hughes Reader
  • Edition: 1st ed
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Braziller, 1958. 1st ed. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. x, 501p. Original red boards backed in black cloth. dj. 21cm. Attractive jacket. Cover corners gently rubbed. Backstrip slightly concave. INSCRIBED in green ink ("For Amy Spingarn, my biggest book to date, Sincerely, Langston Publication day, New York, April 7, 1958").

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An African Treasury

An African Treasury

HUGHES, Langston

  • Edition: First
  • Book condition: very good(+)
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New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1960. First. hardcover. very good(+)/very good(-). 207 pages, 8vo, brown boards with a gray cloth spine, dust wrapper (price-clipped; stain on the back), mylar sleeve. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., (1960). First edition. A very good(+) copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Inscribed on the half-title page: "Especially for Wole Sincerely, Langston Hughes. New York, 1961.

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Simple Stakes a Claim

Simple Stakes a Claim

Hughes, Langston

  • Edition: 1st ed
  • Book condition: Very Good
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New York: Rinehart, 1957. 1st ed. Hardcover. Very Good. 191p. Original boards. 19cm. No Jacket. INSCRIBED in his familiar green ink by Hughes ("Especially for Irving Castle -- with sincerest thanks for "Simply Heavenly" on Broadway").

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