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Absolutely Nothing To Get Alarmed About

Absolutely Nothing To Get Alarmed About

by WRIGHT, Charles

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New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo. Quarter maroon cloth over yellow textured boards; dustjacket; maroon top-stain, 215pp. Fine condition. African-American author's third book, covering "poverty, drug addiction, prostitution, venereal disease, murder, bureaucratic indifference, race riots..." (upper jacket flap).
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Aftermath of Invisibility III

Aftermath of Invisibility III

by GODFREY, Glenn (ed)

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New Orleans: New Orleans Writers' Conference and the Department of English, Xavier University, 1976. First edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 88pp. Fine, unread condition. Annual anthology of poetry, fiction and drama by New Orleans authors, most affiliated with Xavier University, the only historically Black Catholic university in the United States. Contributors include Glenn Godfrey, Everette Maddox, Felicia Hernandez, others, including a number of undergraduate authors.
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Aftermath of Invisibility II

Aftermath of Invisibility II

by GODFREY, Glenn (ed)

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New Orleans: New Orleans Writers' Conference and the Department of English, Xavier University, 1975. First edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 88pp. Fine, unread condition. Annual anthology of poetry, fiction and drama by New Orleans authors, most affiliated with Xavier University, the only historically Black Catholic university in the United States. Contributors include Hunt Hawkins, Landrum Banks, Don Paul, Felicia Hernandez, others, including a contributions from undergraduate authors.
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Another Kind of Rain: Poems

Another Kind of Rain: Poems

by BARRAX, Gerald W.

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Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, [1970]. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth in white and grey pictorial dust jacket; [8],86,[2]pp. Jacket fore-edge a bit foxed, else Very Good. Forms part of the Pitt Poetry Series. African-American poet's first published work.
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At the Threshold

At the Threshold

by KNOWLES, Edmond and Edmond A. Knowles

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New York: Vantage Press, 1974. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 86pp, [8]; illus. Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, unclipped (priced $4.50), with light shelfwear, foxing, and two small tears at crown. Collection of semi-spiritual poems co-written by an African-American father and son from Belle Glade, Florida. Illustrated throughout with charcoal pencil drawings.
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Before the Setting Sun: The Age Before Hambone

Before the Setting Sun: The Age Before Hambone

by SAGGITTARUS [pseud. of Carl Shears]

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Washington DC: Nuclassics and Science Publishing Company, 1974. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm.); photo-illustrated wrappers; xiv,[2],198pp. Fine, unread copy. Novel set in the not-too-distant future, describing "The Rise to Power of America's Black Dictator General Hambone." Pseudonymously authored by the founder of the Nuclassics and Science Publishing Company. Uncommon utopian/dystopian Black Power novel; no others found in commerce (2015); 17 copies located in OCLC.
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Black Blues and Shiny Songs: Poems

Black Blues and Shiny Songs: Poems

by YOUNG, Tommy Scott

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Charlotte, NC: Red Clay Books, 1977. First Edition. Octavo (22.5cm); photo-illustrated wrappers; 72pp. A Fine, unread copy. The Blair, SC native's first book, a collection of poems paying homage to the rich oral tradition of African-American storytelling. Young, a poet, playwright, educator, and sculptor, was founder and director of the Kitani Foundation, which from 1977-1983 was responsible for enabling school children in South Carolina to experience nationally acclaimed performing artists.
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Black Gibraltar

Black Gibraltar

by WELCH, Leona Nicholas

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San Francisco: Leswing Press, 1971. First Edition. Octavo (22.75cm); glossy, illustrated wrappers; 75,[5]pp; illus. Light dustiness to top edge of text, with slight upward curl to front wrapper; very Near Fine. The Mobile, AL native's first book, a collection of poems exploring "the themes of Black pride, the search for Black identity, and the universal need for human love and touch." With illustrations throughout the text by Doug Noble.
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Black Volume

Black Volume

by SHANDS, Annette Oliver

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Mount Vernon, NY: A & J Press, 1973. Revised Edition. Preceded by the first edition published the previous year. Slim octavo (21.5cm); glossy, illustrated wrappers, stapled; 46pp. Some pinpoint wear to spine ends, else Fine. Shands's first book, collecting 28 poems "for mature readers...varying in theme from Vietnam to mental illness and in form from sonnet to haiku..." The author was a former lecturer in the English department at Baruch College in New York City.  Laudatory blurb from Gwendolyn Brooks on rear cover. OCLC notes a dozen institutions holding copies of any edition.
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Black Wisdom

Black Wisdom

by HODGES, Frenchy Jolene

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Detroit: Broadside Press, 1971. First Edition. First Printing. Slim octavo (21.5cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 30, [2]pp. Faint foxing to upper text edges, else Fine. The Dublin, Georgia author's first book of poetry, written while teaching English and creative writing in the inner city high schools of Detroit.
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Black World, Vol. XXIV, no. 1, November, 1974

Black World, Vol. XXIV, no. 1, November, 1974

by [BARAKA, Amiri, contr.] JOHNSON, John H., ed

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Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, 1974. First Edition. Small, slim octavo (19.5cm.); original white, red, and black photo-illustrated wrappers; 97pp.; illus. Contemporary mailing label to upper cover else Very Good and sound. Includes Amiri Baraka's contribution to the Black Politics Series "Toward Ideological Clarity" and Chestyn Everett's "Eulogy for the Massacred Soledad and Attica Brothers.
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Blood Lines [Signed by author]
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Blood Lines [Signed by author]

by PRICE, Robert E. (pseudo. BASHIRI) and Roderick Vines (illustrator)

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Los Angeles: Poets Pay Rent, Too, 1978. First Edition. First Printing. Signed by author on the title page. Octavo (21.5cm); illustrated white wrappers, titled in red on cover and black on the spine; 63pp.; priced $4.50 on rear cover; illustrated; light rubbing wear to extremities; minor foxing to title page and outer textblock; a Near Fine copy.
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Book I.

Book I.

by JACKSON, William B.

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New York: Rannick Playwrights Company, 1971. First Edition. First Printing. Slim octavo (21.5cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; [32]pp. Top edge lightly foxed, else Fine. Jackson's second book of poetry, primarily dealing with Black Nationalism, racsim, and the Black experience in impoverished areas. OCLC shows 6 copies in member institutions.
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Bottom Pig: A Novel in Three Stories

Bottom Pig: A Novel in Three Stories

by ROBINSON, William

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New York: William-Frederick Press, 1978. First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket; [12],139pp. About Fine. Novel described as "a key to tribal rituals, whiteness that gets rid of blacks, blackness that gets rid of whites--and a key to an integrated America too sobering to seem likely or possible" (upper jacket flap).
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Broadside: The Black Bird: A Parable for Black Children

Broadside: The Black Bird: A Parable for Black Children

by MARVIN X [aka El Mujahir]

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Fresno: Al Kitab Sudan Publication, 1968. First Edition. Illustrated broadside, offset printed in black on white stock, measuring 21.25cm x 28cm (8.5" x 11"). Fine - an unworn, apparently uncirculated copy. Brief parable by Marvin X, poet, publisher, and an influential founder of the Black Arts Movement. A cautionary tale about race and servitude, intended for juvenile audiences. OCLC notes 18 holdings.
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The Captain and His Crew

The Captain and His Crew

by GRAHAM, Arthur J.

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Los Angeles: Black Book Production, [1971]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original blue pictorial staplebound wrappers; [4],40pp.; illus. Fine. African-American children's book, recounting the fantastical adventures of a family on their home-made ship.
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The Clarion People

The Clarion People

by LEE, Audrey

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New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 180pp. Foxing to upper edge of text block, else a tight, Near Fine copy in Fine, unworn dustwrapper. The Philadelphia author's first novel, of crime and poverty in an inner-city Black ghetto.
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Conjure

Conjure

by REED, Ishmael

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Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1972. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 82pp. Fine in fine, unclipped dustwrapper. First full-length poetry collection (following three novels) by the founder of the Umbra Workshop, which would become a significant influence on the Black Arts Movement. Includes Reed's major long poem "Catechism of d neoamerican hoodoo church," which was first published as a chapbook by the British publisher Paul Breman. A beautiful copy.
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Conjure [Inscribed & Signed]

Conjure [Inscribed & Signed]

by REED, Ishmael

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[Amherst]: University of Massachusetts Press, [1972]. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 82pp. Light shelf wear to boards and jacket extremities, shallow crease to rear flap, else Very Good to Near Fine. Inscribed and signed by the author on half title: "For Cristoph / 'Open my face' / Ishmael Reed." First full-length poetry collection (following three novels) by the founder of the Umbra Workshop, a significant influence on the Black Arts Movement. Includes Reed's major long poem "Catechism of d neoamerican hoodoo church," which was first published as a chapbook by the British publisher Paul Breman.
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The Count-Down to Black Genocide

The Count-Down to Black Genocide

by SAGGITTARUS [pseud. of Carl Shears]

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Washington DC: Nuclassics and Science Publishing Company, 1973. Second Edition. Octavo (21.5cm); white photo-illustrated wrappers printed in red and black; xi,[1],113,[2](ads)pp; title page illustrated with fictional map of Florida divided into "Afro-America," "Neutral," and "Florida." Fine and unread. Dystopian novel set in the years approaching 2000, looking back on a fictional genocide committed against the black population in the United States, set off by the energy crisis. An alternative narrative to the novel published by Saggittarus the following year, Before the Setting Sun, which recounts the rise of America's first black dictator.
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