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ALL OUR NAMES

by Mengestu, Dinaw

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(London): Septre, (2014). First UK edition. SIGNED by Mengestu on the title page. "....a transfixing portrait of love and grace, self-determination, and the names we are given and the names we earn" -- from the dust jacket flap. 8vo gilt-stamped black cloth boards; 256 pages. Fine in fine gold-foil dust jacket with barest wear.
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AN ANTHOLOGY OF VERSE BY AMERICAN NEGROES: Edited with a Critical Introduction, Biographical...
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AN ANTHOLOGY OF VERSE BY AMERICAN NEGROES: Edited with a Critical Introduction, Biographical Sketches of the Authors, and Bibliographical Notes; [Spine title: POETRY BY AMERICAN NEGROES]

by White, Newman Ivey, and Walter Clinton Jackson, editors

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Durham: Trinity College Press, 1924. First edition. Collection of poetry by Black authors edited by self-described "Southern white men" with biographical sketches that occasionally (and inexplicably) include home addresses (Countee Cullen, 234 West 131 St., NY; Jessie Redmond [sic] Fauset, 69 Fifth Ave., NY, etc.). Includes poems by and biographical sketches of Phyllis Wheatly (3), George Moses Horton (2), James Madison Bell ("Song for the First of August"), Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (2), Charles L. Reason ("Freedon"), Alberry A. Whitman (2), Paul Laurence Dunbar (30), George Marion McClellan (5), Daniel Webster Davis (4), George Hannibal Temple ("Crispus Attucks"), Charles R. Dinkins (3), Timothy Thomas Fortune (2), J. Mord Allen (5), Clara Ann Thompson (2), William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite (14), Joseph Seaman Cotter (3), Walter Everette Hawkins (3), H. Cordelia Ray (3), Edward Smythe Jones ("A Song of Thanks"), Benjamin Griffith Brawley (4), Fenton Johnson (4), James David Corrothers (4),… Read More
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BABY OF THE FAMILY

BABY OF THE FAMILY

by Ansa, Tina McElroy

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San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1989). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's information and photo laid in. Top page edges slightly darkened near spine, otherwise fine in dust jacket.
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BELOVED

by Morrison, Toni

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London: Chatto & Windus, n-d [1987]. First UK edition. Advance reading copy in glossy pictorial paperwraps with front cover mimicking the eventual dust jacket design but with "A magnificent novel of freedom, and the freedom to love" at top, small black-and-white photo of Morrison near center, and "Uncorrected Proof" at bottom. Rear cover text notes publication date "12 October 1987"; the book is "Already acclaimed in America as one of the greatest novels of the decade"; and "US paperback rights sold for $1 million," among other info. Near fine with light creasing at corners and slight bulge along spine from a bit of excess binding glue. Scarce.
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BILLY THE GREAT

by Guy, Rosa

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New York: Delacorte Press, (1992). First U.S. edition. Originally published in the UK in 1991. This wonderful story of a boy growing up with a mind of his own is beautifully illustrated by Caroline Binch. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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BIRD AT MY WINDOW: A Novel

BIRD AT MY WINDOW: A Novel

by Guy, Rosa

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(London): Souvenir Press, (1966). First British edition of her first book. Two small pin holes in spine and top of a few pages cut wrong in production, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with minor edge wear and two pin holes (matching those in the book).
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BLACK MANHATTAN

BLACK MANHATTAN

by Johnson, James Weldon

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New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1930. First edition. His story of the Negro in New York. Covers are very good but spine faded. Still, a tight, square copy with good top stain. Lacking dust jacket, but in a new FACSIMILE jacket.
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THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES

THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES

by Walker, Alice

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(London): The Women's Press, (1994). First edition. The title was changed to THE COMPLETE STORIES for publication. There is no comparable U.S. edition. Uncorrected proof, near fine in light blue paperwraps with "Short" x'ed out on cover and lower rear tip of cover and last few pages slightly bumped. Very scarce.
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THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes

THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes

by Dove, Rita

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(Brownsville): Story Line Press, 1994. First edition. A paperback original issued simultaneously with the hardcover signed, lmiited edition. INSCRIBED on title page, "For - - / Only good things / Rita Dove / 5 May 94." Fine in pictorial paperwraps with publisher's postcard laid in.
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THE FALL: From Decency to Degradation

THE FALL: From Decency to Degradation

by Schuyler, George S.

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(Belmont: American Opinion, 1969). First edition thus: a reprint of Schuyler's article first appearing in the January, 1969 issue of American Opinion magazine, the journal of the John Birch Society. Inside cover text includes pricing for ordering 1,000 or more copies. There can't have been many takers. 12 pages including covers. Near fine with one small stain. Scarce.
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A GLANCE AWAY

A GLANCE AWAY

by Wideman, John Edgar

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New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, (1967). First edition. Author's first book. A black reformed drug addict and a white middle-aged professor. Very good to fine with cloth corners and spine ends a little rubbed and back endpaper at hinge separating a bit; in a near fine, bright dust jacket with corners also a bit rubbed.
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HER BLUE BODY EVERYTHING WE KNOW: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete
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HER BLUE BODY EVERYTHING WE KNOW: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete

by Walker, Alice

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San Diego: Harcourt Brace, (1991). First edition. SIGNED on title page. Fine in dust jacket.
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I HAVE CHANGED; (A Shockingly Personal Statement in a Tragically Impersonal Time--dust jacket front)
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I HAVE CHANGED; ("A Shockingly Personal Statement in a Tragically Impersonal Time"--dust jacket front)

by Owens, Jesse, with Paul Neimark

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New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1972. First edition. Review copy with publisher's review slip indicating publication date of August 26, 1972, and promo letter laid in reading in part, "Thirty-six years after his humiliation of Hitler, Jesse Owens has been invited by the German government to be a guest at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, beginning August 26th, publication date of I HAVE CHANGED." Jesse "the world's fastest human" Owens, winner of four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics, relives his great races, tells stories of his friendships with Joe Louis, Martin Luther King, et al, and describes his evolution in thinking since publication of his first book, BLACKTHINK. Fine in fine dust jacket with touch of light soiling.
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INVISIBLE MAN
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INVISIBLE MAN

by Ellison, Ralph

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New York: Random House, (1952). First edition. His National Award-winning first book. Ranked 19th on the Modern Library list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century and one of Time Magazine's 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Anthony Burgess called it "a masterpiece." Crisp and near fine with just a faint shadow from item previously laid in at rear; in about very good price-clipped dust jacket free from chips and tears but with rubbed and flattened creasing to spine ends, corners and along lower edge rear panel.
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LENA

by Horne, Lena, and Richard Schickel

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Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1965. First edition. "...from her 'debut' at the old Cotton Club in New York to her resounding triumphs on TV .... includes a candid discussion of her own responses to the issues of civil rights....and some marvelous anecdotes concerning the many celebrities she has known and worked with." -- dust jacket flap. Near fine with some staining to bottom page edges not extending to pages; in near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Relatively scarce book.
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LEON'S STORY

by Tillage, Leon Walter

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New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, (1997). First edition. Oral history recorded from speeches and interviews, illustrated with collages by Susan L. Roth. "Leon Tillage's recollections are a disturbing and moving reminder of the uselessness of hatred and the senselessness of racism."--dust jacket flap. Nikki Giovanni blurb on back of dust jacket. Bookplate SIGNED by Tillage on front free endpaper. Fine in dust jacket. Scarce signed.
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LINDEN HILLS

by Naylor, Gloria

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New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1985. First edition. INSCRIBED on front endpaper "To Doris [Grumbach] | A sister in | the arts | Gloria Naylor". Fine in dust jacket with touch of edge wear to top edge of spine and two closed tears on rear panel edge.
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MAMA

by McMillan, Terry

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1987. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with minimal edgewear but yellow faded to white on spine, although red lettering still good.
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THE MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: The Benjamin Hooks Story
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THE MARCH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS: The Benjamin Hooks Story

by Hooks, Benjamin L.; Jerry Guess

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(Chicago: American Bar Association, 2004). First edition. Written with Guess; foreword by Dennis Archer, the 2003/2004 American Bar Association president. INSCRIBED BY HOOKS on the front free endpaper simply, "Thanks / BWHooks" (not inscribed to anyone). "As leader of the NAACP for 15 years, Benjamin Hooks oversaw the organization's position on affirmative action and federal aid to the poorer neighborhoods of American cities. He particpated in dialogues with the governments of South Africa and in hundreds of domestic issues affecting minorities in the United States" (from the jacket flap). Fine in fine dust jacket with just a touch of minor wear.
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MUSEUM: Poems

MUSEUM: Poems

by Dove, Rita

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Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983. First edition, scarce hard cover issue. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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