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1 BONTEMPS, ARNA (ED.) American Negro Poetry. Edited and With an Introduction by Arna Bontemps
New York Hill & Wang 1963 
First Edition. Very good in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some small tears and light sunning at the spine. A terrific collection of poetry by a wide variety of African American writers, including Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude Mckay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Julian Bond, LeRoi Jones, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, and many more. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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2 BONTEMPS, ARNA (ED.) American Negro Poetry. Edited and With an Introduction by Arna Bontemps
New York Hill & Wang 1963 
First Edition. Very good in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some small tears and light sunning at the spine. A terrific collection of poetry by a wide variety of African American writers, including Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude Mckay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Julian Bond, LeRoi Jones, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, and many more. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 BONTEMPS, ARNA (ED.) Hold Fast to Dreams. Poems Old & New Selected by Arna Bontemps
Chicago Follett 1969 
First Edition. Near fine bright copy in a near fine dust jacket. A coolection of poetry, including works by John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Frost, and others. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 BRADLEY, DAVID The Chaneysville Incident
New York Harper & Row 1981 
First Edition. Advance Review Copy with the publisher's dated notice laid in. Near fine copy with a trace of fading to the spine in a near fine dust jacket with a few tiny tears. The dramatic story of an African-American history professor and the dark legacy of his family's past. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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5 BULLINS, ED How Do You Do. A Nonsense Drama
Mill Valley, CA Illuminations Press 1967 
First Edition Thus. Paperbound, 5 1/4” x 7 1/2”. A chapbook printing the full text of the play How Do You Do by Ed Bullins which was originally published in the July/August, 1965 edition of Black Dialogue magazine. Fine in printed wrappers. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 GREEN, PAUL The Field God and In Abraham's Bosom
New York Robert M. McBride 1927 
First Edition. Bookplate. Very good copy with very pretty floral paper covered boards, some edge wear, and some darkening to the spine without dust jacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 HUGHES, LANGSTON Black Misery
New York Paul S. Eriksson 1969 
First Edition. Small oblong format (5” x 7 1/2”). Illustrations by Arouni. Near fine with only the front panel and most of the spine of the lightly dust soiled dust jacket. A “wry and humorous soul portrait of what it is like to grow up black in America.” 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 HUGHES, LANGSTON Famous Negro Heroes of America
New York Dodd Mead 1958 
First Edition. Former ownership inscription on front pastedown. Near fine in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some darkening at the spine and with a half inch chip to the top of spine and a 3/4 inch chip to the bottom. Illustrated by Gerald McCann. A gallery of sixteen biographies of some of the most influential and outstanding African Americans in U.S. history, including Crispus Attucks, the first man to fall in the Revolutionary War; Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas, anti-slavery activists; Matt Henson, the first man to stand on the North Pole, and more. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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9 JONES, LEROI Dutchman and The Slave. Two Plays by LeRoi Jones
New York Morrow 1964 
First Edition - Paperback. Very good plus copy with a faint trace of edge wear in printed wrappers. Dutchman received on Obie Award for the Best American Play done Off-Broadway during the 1963-1964 season. Two plays by LeRoi Jones who later changed his name to Imamu Amiri Baraka. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 JONES, LEROI Jello. By Imamu Amiri Baraka
Chicago Third World Press 1970 
First Edition. Paperbound as issued. Slight soiling to rear wrapper, else a fine copy. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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11 JONES, LEROI Spirit Reach. By Imamu Amiri Baraka
Chicago Third World Press 1972 
First Edition. Paperbound as issued. Tiny rubbed spot, near fine in wrappers. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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12 KERLIN, ROBERT T The Voice of the Negro
New York Dutton 1920 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author's wife, Adeline Kerlin, to her nephew. Inscribed: “Dear Arthur. This book written because of my husband's great concern for justice to the Negro. I am certain will help the understanding in finding an answer to the inter-racial problems - The Brotherhood of Man. Lovingly, Aunt Adeline, Oct. 12 - 1952.” Some mottling to a few preliminary pages otherwise a very good plus tight copy in the printed dust jacket which has a few tiny chips and small small tears. Rare in jacket. “The Negro has suddenly discovered the power and importance of his own Press. It is a rapidly expanding influence, consisting even now of two dailies, a dozen magazines, and over three hundred weeklies. In it may be found the voice of the Negro, and his heart and mind. It has seemed to Professor Kerlin that in the interest of national unity and harmony it is essential that white Americans should know what Afro-Americans think and feel on matters of national importance, as well as what are their grievances, their aspirations, and their demands. In this compilation, made with sympathy and knowledge from the colored Press of America for four consecutive months, we have a true cross-section of the Negro mind, which will be admitted of primary importance in the vital and work of getting to know the Negro and of giving him justice and the rights of a citizen.” Frontispiece photograph of a conference Negro editors in Washington during World War I. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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13 MACK, CHARLES E Two Black Crows in the A.E.F
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1928 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy, inscribed: “To two of the cutest Chinese twins Bo Ling & Bo Ching. Sincerely, Charley Mack. 8-17-29.” A comic novel involving the black stereotype characters, Willie and Amos, who were portrayed in blackface by the white vaudeville comedy team Moran and Mack. Near fine bright copy in a lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some chips and tears. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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14 WILEY, HUGH Fo' Meals a Day
New York Knopf 1927 
First Edition. Ownership signature. Near fine bright copy with a touch of edge wear in a used and dust soiled dust jacket with some tiny chips and tears. The story of Vitus Marsden and his mascot goat, Lily, as they travel West from Chicago to California. The front panel of the dust jacket depicts the pair in a comic drawing. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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15 WILEY, HUGH Lady Luck
New York Knopf 1921 
First Edition. Very good plus bright copy in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with a bit of interior tape repair, detached rear panel, and some small chips. The story of a Pullman porter and his mascot goat, Lily, as they travel West from Chicago to California, and encounter their new traveling companion, a parrot named Lady Luck. The front panel of the dust jacket depicts the trio in a comic drawing. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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