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  • Allen, Bonnie.
    WE ARE OVERCOME: Thoughts on Being Black in America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crown, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - Irreverent essays dissecting the current state of affairs between blacks and whites by this black female political/social humorist. ISBN: 0517597594.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 16015
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  • THE VOICE THAT CHALLENGED A NATION: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights. by [Anderson, Marian] Freedman, Russell.
    [Anderson, Marian] Freedman, Russell.
    THE VOICE THAT CHALLENGED A NATION: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Clarion Books, (2004) dj. Hardcover - An account for older children of a singer who broke down many racial barriers, based on her own letters and writings. Illustrated with photographs throughout. A Newbery Honor Award book, and winner of the Robert Siebert medal. Notes, selected bibliography, index. 119 pp. Slightly oversized. ISBN: 0-439799341.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 66405
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  • LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line. by Atwood, Gretchen.
    Atwood, Gretchen.
    LOST CHAMPIONS: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bloomsbury, (2016) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A year before Jackie Robinson integrated major league baseball in 1947, four men broke pro football's color line - Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns. This book traces the history of the color line
    from the early 1930s--when NFL owners first instituted a ban on black players to the 1950 NFL Championship Game, which pitted the Rams and Browns against each other. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Photographs, notes, sources, index. 274 pp. ISBN: 978-1620406007.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 68668
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  • Baraka, Amiri.
    TALES OF THE OUT & THE GONE. Short Stories.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    New York: Akashic Books, (2007.). SIGNED first edition - A collection of short fiction, from the early 70's to the present, most not previously published: 'the first section of the book, "War Stories," offers six stories enmeshed in the volatile politics of the 1970s and 1980s. The second section, "Tales of the Out & the Gone," reveals Baraka's increasing literary adventurousness, combining an unpredictable language play with a passion for abstraction and psychological exploration.' Among his many honors, Baraka was the controversial "last" Poet Laureate of New Jersey and awarded the James Weldon Johnson medal for outstanding contribution to the arts. INSCRIBED on the half title page and dated 2/19/07, in the year of publication. 221 pp plus 2 pp of publisher's advertisements. ISBN: 1-933354127.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in illustrated wrappers with self-flaps.

    Book ID: 38147
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  • Berman, Daniel B.
    IT IS SO ORDERED: The Supreme Court Rules on School Segregation.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Norton, (1966.). Covers events from the filing of the original suit on behalf of 13 African American children in Topeka, Kansas to the decision in the 1954 landmark case, Brown v. The Board of Education. Index of juridical terms and general index. 161 pp.

    Condition: Good condiiton.

    Book ID: 30685
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  • TELL ALL THE CHILDREN OUR STORY: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America. by Bolden, Tonya.
    Bolden, Tonya.
    TELL ALL THE CHILDREN OUR STORY: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harry N. Abrams, (2001) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - This scrapbook "brings to light how black children have worked and played, suffered and rejoiced" from the slave trade which brought them from Africa, through the years of slavery, emancipation, reconstruction and Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights era. Presented in the form of a scrapbook, illustrated with vintage photographs. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page "To --- pass it on" and dated in 2002. Notes, bibliography, index. Large square format 116 pp. ISBN: 0-810944960.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 54511
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  • Branch, Taylor.
    PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. dj. SIGNED hardcover - INSCRIBED on the first blank page and dated in 1989. Uncommon signed. A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Notes, index. 1064 pp plus photographic plates. ISBN: 0-671-460978.

    Condition: Just about fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36282
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  • Branch, Taylor.
    PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Notes, index. 1064 pp plus photographic plates. ISBN: 0-671-460978.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket. A massive book (over 1000 pgs) with many pages of photographs.

    Book ID: 37151
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  • PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63. by Branch, Taylor.
    Branch, Taylor.
    PARTING THE WATERS, AMERICA IN THE KING YEARS 1954-63.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A comprehensive guide to the early years of the civil rights movement, meticulously researched. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Notes, index. 1064 pp plus photographic plates. ISBN: 0-671-460978.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (price-clipped). A massive book, and rather uncommon in the hardcover first edition.

    Book ID: 51188
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  • BLACK IS. by Brown, Turner, Jr.; Illustrations by Ann Weisman.
    Brown, Turner, Jr.; Illustrations by Ann Weisman.
    BLACK IS.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1968). First edition - A book of aphorisms which take on the stereotypes of what being Black in the US is like. Published at the height of the civil rights movement, perhaps the saddest thing about this book is how much is still true now, fifty years later. " Black is being accused of causing trouble but always winding up as the casualties . .. Black is when folks say you've got to earn the rights the Constitution guaranteed you already had" and more. Each is printed in white lettering on black paper with an illustration by Ann Weisman on the facing page. Unpaginated.

    Condition: Very good (some rubbing to the edges of the covers) Uncommon in the first printing.

    Book ID: 74148
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  • BLACK IN SELMA: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr. by Chestnut, J. L., Jr., and Julia Cass.
    Chestnut, J. L., Jr., and Julia Cass.
    BLACK IN SELMA: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1990.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of the founder of the largest black law firm in Alabama. Born in 1930, he was involved in the struggle for civil rights from the time of the marches in 1965 and afterwards. A picture of an important era, of one man's history, and of the politics of a small southern town. Photographs, map, index. xiii, 432 pp. ISBN: 0-374-114048.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 46803
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  • BLACK IN SELMA: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr. by Chestnut, J. L., Jr., and Julia Cass.
    Chestnut, J. L., Jr., and Julia Cass.
    BLACK IN SELMA: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut, Jr.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (1990.). First edition - Autobiography of the founder of the largest black law firm in Alabama. Born in 1930, he was involved in the struggle for civil rights from the time of the marches in 1965 and afterwards. A picture of an important era, of one man's history, and of the politics of a small southern town. . xiii, 397 pp. plus 3 pp list of photographs for the final version, but which are not included in this ARC.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 57946
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  • Coles, Robert.
    RUMORS OF SEPARATE WORLDS: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of poems by this Pulitzer prize winner writer and noted child psychologist. Included is a section inspired by the crayon drawings of 6 year old Ruby Bridges, the little girl who had to be escorted by federal marshalls when she was one of the first to integrate the public schools in New Orleans in the 1960's (two of her drawings are reproduced) and another section of Christmas poems. ISBN: 0-87745-258x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 26895
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  • BLACK RIOT IN LOS ANGELES: The Story of the Watts Tragedy. by Crump, Spencer.
    Crump, Spencer.
    BLACK RIOT IN LOS ANGELES: The Story of the Watts Tragedy.

    Edition: First edition.

    Los Angeles: Trans-Anglo Books, (1966) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attempt to present a balanced look at the Watts Riot, illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, that tell the story far more graphically than words can. Includes an Appendix: The text of the McCone Commission report. Maps, bibliography, index. Large format. 160 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Good only in a good dust jacket (tear to side of spine, dj has remnants of a spine label, some short closed tears)

    Book ID: 66724
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  • I HAVE A DREAM: The Story of Martin Luther King. by Davidson, Margaret.
    Davidson, Margaret.
    I HAVE A DREAM: The Story of Martin Luther King.

    Edition: Paperback.

    New York: Scholastic, (1986). Biography of the great civil rights leader for older children. Illustrated with photographs. 127 pp. ISBN: 0-590412914.

    Condition: Near fine (some toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 80214
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  • A SEASON FOR JUSTICE: The Life and Times of Civil Rights Lawyer Morris Dees. by Dees, Morris with Steve Fiffer.
    Dees, Morris with Steve Fiffer.
    A SEASON FOR JUSTICE: The Life and Times of Civil Rights Lawyer Morris Dees.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Autobiography of this man, born in Alabama, who became what Coretta Scott King called "one of the most dedicated and effective civil rights lawyers in US history." Includes accounts of his battles with the Klan, death threats and more.INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To.... Many thanks for your generous support of our work." Photographs. Index. 353 pp. ISBN: 0-671-778757.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50314
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  • Dellums, Ronald V. and H. Lee Halterman
    LYING DOWN WITH LIONS: A Public Life from the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    Boston: Beacon Press, (2000.). First edition - Autobiography of the African American Congressman - one of the most radical and progressive congressman in the second half of the 20th century - who was first elected in 1971 and served until 1998 - "a book on social change and working as an outsider on the inside." 210 pp. plus photographs.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed yellow and black wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 34541
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  • LANTERNS: A Memoir of Mentors. by Edelman, Marian Wright.
    Edelman, Marian Wright.
    LANTERNS: A Memoir of Mentors.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Beacon, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A tribute to the extraordinary people with whom Edelman worked during the struggle for civil rights and later as an advocate for children. Glossary of the mentors. Bibliography. 180 pp. ISBN: 0-8070-72141.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50026
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  • MISSISSIPPI BLACK PAPER, by Foreword by Reinhold Niebuhr, Introduction by Hodding Carter III.
    Foreword by Reinhold Niebuhr, Introduction by Hodding Carter III.
    MISSISSIPPI BLACK PAPER,

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    New York: Random House, (1965.). First edition - "Fifty-seven Negro and white citizens' testimony of police brutality, the breakdown of law and order and the corruption of justice in Mississippi." Includes a foreword by Reinhold Niebuhr, and an introduction by Hodding Carter III; Contains first person accounts and affadavits of police brutality toward civil rights workers, people attempting to register to vote, NAACP members holding a meeting, young Blacks walking down the street, integrated groups arrested on trumped-up criminal charges - all the everyday dangers of life in Mississippi during the 1960s. These 57 were chosen out of over 250 affadavits obtained for a suit brought against Sheriff Rainey. 92 pp plus the foreword and introduction by Hodding Carter…

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    New York: Random House, (1965.). First edition - "Fifty-seven Negro and white citizens' testimony of police brutality, the breakdown of law and order and the corruption of justice in Mississippi." Includes a foreword by Reinhold Niebuhr, and an introduction by Hodding Carter III; Contains first person accounts and affadavits of police brutality toward civil rights workers, people attempting to register to vote, NAACP members holding a meeting, young Blacks walking down the street, integrated groups arrested on trumped-up criminal charges - all the everyday dangers of life in Mississippi during the 1960s. These 57 were chosen out of over 250 affadavits obtained for a suit brought against Sheriff Rainey. 92 pp plus the foreword and introduction by Hodding Carter III. Graphic photograph of police brutality by Frederick deVan on preceding and following the text.

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    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (prev owner's name, some wear to the covers.)

    Book ID: 54251
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  • Greene, Melissa Fay.
    THE TEMPLE BOMBING.

    Edition: First UK printing.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1996. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on the title page. An examination of a chapter in the history of Civil Rights in the US and in Georgia. In the wake of the US Supreme Court's Brown decision outlawing segregated schools, violence erupted in the South. The young rabbi of Atlanta's oldest synagogue spoke up for racial justice, and in October1958, the synagogue was blown apart by dynamite. Winner of the Southern Critics Nonfiction Award. Photographs, notes, index, 502 pages. ISBN: 0-224-040510.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (donation stamp inside front cover, some rubbing to the dj.)

    Book ID: 21505
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  • PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK. by Greene, Melissa Fay.
    Greene, Melissa Fay.
    PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991. First edition - The author's first book, this is the story of the political awakening of a tiny black community in coastal Georgia in the 1970's. Shortlisted for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. 338 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (splash to upper edge, first page, otherwise tight and uncreased.)

    Book ID: 41464
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  • Greene, Melissa Fay.
    PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK.

    Edition: Book of the Month Club edition (same size and quality as trade edition).

    New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991. dj. SIGNED hardcover - SIGNED on the title page. The author's first book, this is the story of the political awakening of a tiny black community in coastal Georgia in the 1970's. Shortlisted for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. 335 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-201-550482.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 16338
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  • Greene, Melissa Fay.
    PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991. dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, this is the story of the political awakening of a tiny black community in coastal Georgia in the 1970's. Shortlisted for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. 335 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 0-201-550482.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 49190
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  • NIGGER: An Autobiography. by Gregory, Dick with Robert Lipsyte.
    Gregory, Dick with Robert Lipsyte.
    NIGGER: An Autobiography.

    Edition: Paperback.

    New York: Pocket Books, (1965.). Classic autobiography by the black activist, comedian and actor. Illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. 209 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition (usual toning to the pages, spine slant and beginning tears at the ends of the spine.)

    Book ID: 80347
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  • LIFT EVERY VOICE: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice by Guinier, Lani.
    Guinier, Lani.
    LIFT EVERY VOICE: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1998.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An insider's account of what really happened behind the closed doors of the Oval Office, the Justice Department, and the U.S. Senate, when Lani Guinier's nomination by Clinton for the post of Assistant Attorney General raised a storm of controvery on the Right. As well as being in part a memoir, this offers insightful look at the past, present, and future of civil rights in America. Sources, index. 335 pp. ISBN: 0-684-811456.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 54337
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  • GRACE WILL LEAD US HOME: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness. by Hawes, Jennifer Berry.
    Hawes, Jennifer Berry.
    GRACE WILL LEAD US HOME: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: St Martin's, (2019). First edition - An account of the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina by this Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and of the tragedy's aftermath. "The two adult survivors of the shooting begin to make sense of their lives again. Rifts form between some of the victims families and the church. A group of relatives fights to end gun violence, capturing the attention of President Obama. And a city in the Deep South must confront its racist past. This is the story of how, beyond the headlines, a community of people begins to heal." 297 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. Promotional paper laid in.

    Book ID: 77797
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  • OPEN WIDE THE FREEDOM GATES: A Memoir. by Height, Dorothy; foreword by Maya Angelou.
    Height, Dorothy; foreword by Maya Angelou.
    OPEN WIDE THE FREEDOM GATES: A Memoir.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Public Affairs, (2003). Hardcover first edition - Written when she was 91, this autobiography recounts a life of service and leadership, from early protests against lynching to being on the platform as Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. She led the National Council of Negro Women for forty-one years, and after the battles of the 1960s, she concentrated on troubled black communities, on issues like rural poverty, teen pregnancy and black family values. In 1994, her efforts are officially recognized. Foreword by Maya Angelou.
    Photographs, index. xi, 322p. ISBN: 1-586481576.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 79059
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  • SONS OF MISSISSIPPI: A Story of Race and Its Legacy. by Hendrickson, Paul.
    Hendrickson, Paul.
    SONS OF MISSISSIPPI: A Story of Race and Its Legacy.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the Civil Rights era and post Civil Right era and how it affected the children and grandchildren of seven Mississippi law enforcement officers who were captured in an infamous 1962 Life magazine photo portrait in a story on James Meredith's effort to integrate the University of Mississippi. Illustrated with a map and photographs. Bibliographical essay, index. 343 pp. ISBN: 0-375404619.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 64857
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  • FIRE IN MY BONES by King, Charles H., Jr.
    King, Charles H., Jr.
    FIRE IN MY BONES

    Edition: Later printing.

    Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1983. dj. Hardcover - Maynard Jackson described this book as "an honest, definitive account of a black man's struggle to expose and clarify the nature of racism in the United States. Frequently, King is abrasive and scorching. But his motivation... is to seek justice..." Other dustjacket praise from Martin Luther King, Julian Bond and more. Set in Alabama; Gary, Indiana; Atlanta Georgia; etc. ISBN: 0-8028-35708.

    Condition: Fine in very good dust jacket (light edgewear to dj.)

    Book ID: 22062
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  • King,Dr. Martin Luther Jr. ; Patricia Neal, Carol Burnett, General Westmoreland, Mary Hemingway, Arthur J. Goldberg, Howard A. Rusk, contributors.
    A GIFT OF LOVE: Seven Vignettes of Human Kindness, Courage and Concern Written Espacially for McCall's in Spirit of the Season.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: McCall's, 1966. Hardcover first edition - An attractive 'keepsake' - The essays in this book, 'privately printed for a few special friends of McCall's', were originally published in the December 1966 issue of McCall's magazine. The seven full-page illustrations, one for each essay, are master drawings selected from museum collections and include .Angel of the Annunciation by Raffaellino Del Garbo, Study of the Madonna of the Meadow, Head of the Virgin by Leonardo and others. An appealing small volume with color lithograhy by Foote & Davis, bound in marbelized boards with a black cloth spine, gilt lettering. Unpaginated. Publisher's slip laid in.

    Condition: Fine in fine black slipcase.

    Book ID: 28773
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