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  • THE FOLK ROOTS OF CONTEMPORARY AFRO-AMERICAN POETRY. by Bell, Bernard W.
    Bell, Bernard W.
    THE FOLK ROOTS OF CONTEMPORARY AFRO-AMERICAN POETRY.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Detroit: Broadside Press, (1974). First edition - The third book in the Broadside Critics Series. Includes a chapter on the Harlem Renaissance as well as on the influence of blues and jazz on contemporary poets. 80 pgs, including notes and bibliography. ISBN: 0-910296987.

    Condition: Near fine in lightly soiled white wrappers.

    Book ID: 78462
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  • Bontemps, Arna and Conroy, Jack.
    THEY SEEK A CITY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1945. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The story of African American migration within the United States, from the Underground Railroad in pre-civil war days, to the years following the Emancipation when newly freed slaves headed north and west, and during World War I when there was a labor shortage in the factories of the North and continuing up until the time this book was written. SIGNED on the front endpaper by both authors and inscribed by Conroy ' For my friend Gloria Freidman with the best of wishes" and dated 10/12/45 and underneath this appears 'and also those of' and the signature of Bontemps. References, index. 266 pp.

    Condition: Very good+ in a fair only copy of the uncommon dustjacket (loss of approx 1 inch at upper corner of dj at fold, some loss of paper ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch at top of spine, and affecting the 'y' in 'they', rubbing, general edgewear) . An inexpensively produced book due to wartime restrictions, and uncommon in dj and especially so signed by both authors.

    Book ID: 20096
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  • COUNTEE CULLEN AND THE NEGRO RENAISSANCE. by [Cullen, Countee] Ferguson, Blanche E.
    [Cullen, Countee] Ferguson, Blanche E.
    COUNTEE CULLEN AND THE NEGRO RENAISSANCE.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead / Apollo Edition1, (1966). An account not just of Cullen, but of the role of the Negro in the 1920s and 1930s in American culture - from the dust jacket: "An American Negro poet who was active during the 1920s in the Harlem-cente red Negro Renaissance, Countee Cullen has not received the recognition he deserves. Conservative in his political and social beliefs, Cullen managed to break through racial boundaries in both academic and publishing circles.His poetry frequently appeared in the top magazines of the day. Working alongside men like W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Eric Waldrond and Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen attempted to change the stereotyped view of…

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    New York: Dodd, Mead / Apollo Edition1, (1966). An account not just of Cullen, but of the role of the Negro in the 1920s and 1930s in American culture - from the dust jacket: "An American Negro poet who was active during the 1920s in the Harlem-cente red Negro Renaissance, Countee Cullen has not received the recognition he deserves. Conservative in his political and social beliefs, Cullen managed to break through racial boundaries in both academic and publishing circles.His poetry frequently appeared in the top magazines of the day. Working alongside men like W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Eric Waldrond and Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen attempted to change the stereotyped view of the Negro and open new opportunities for Negro artists in America." Bibliography. Index. vii, 213 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 68785
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  • THE CHINABERRY TREE. by Fauset, Jessie [Redmon].
    Fauset, Jessie [Redmon].
    THE CHINABERRY TREE.

    Edition: 7th printing.

    New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1939. dj. Hardcover - The third novel by this important Harlem Renaissance writer, originally published in 1931. Introduction by Zona Gale.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket. The orange cloth covers are very bright, with just a little shelfwear on the lower edges. Minor foxing to the margins of a few pages. The scarce dustjacket is price-clipped with light edgewear and some chipping at the folds, but is overall quite attractive. Contemporary reviews of 'Plum Bun' on the back cover - including comments from Countee Cullen and W.E.B. DuBois. All of Fauset's novels are hard to find in any early hardcover edition, and copies in dustjacket are even more elusive.

    Book ID: 21941
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  • Fauset, Jessie Redmon (1882-1961)
    PLUM BUN: A Novel Without a Moral.

    Edition: 2nd printing (before publication).

    New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1929. Hardcover - Fauset's scarce second novel, hard to find in any early printing. Attesting to its early popularity, this second printing is dated Feb. 11, 3 days before the publication date.

    Condition: Fair only in orange cloth with purple lettering, no dust jacket. Soiling to the cloth, especially on the spine, front hinge cracked before the title page.

    Book ID: 22736
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  • Fisher, Rudolph.
    THE CONJURE-MAN DIES: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Covici Friede, (1932.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fisher, who was also a physician in addition to being a writer, was already well-established as a novelist when he wrote this book; however, this is perhaps his most historically significant book since it is considered the first detective novel to be set in an all-black environment, making Fisher a forerunner to the likes of such African-American detective writers as Chester Himes and Walter Mosley. It is set in 1920s-30s Harlem and involves the murder of NÕGana Frimbo, a self-proclaimed Ôconjure-manÕ who is actually the Harvard-educated heir to the throne of an African kingdom. Dr. John Archer, a Harlem physician with a keen intellect and insatiable curiosity, teams up…

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    New York: Covici Friede, (1932.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Fisher, who was also a physician in addition to being a writer, was already well-established as a novelist when he wrote this book; however, this is perhaps his most historically significant book since it is considered the first detective novel to be set in an all-black environment, making Fisher a forerunner to the likes of such African-American detective writers as Chester Himes and Walter Mosley. It is set in 1920s-30s Harlem and involves the murder of NÕGana Frimbo, a self-proclaimed Ôconjure-manÕ who is actually the Harvard-educated heir to the throne of an African kingdom. Dr. John Archer, a Harlem physician with a keen intellect and insatiable curiosity, teams up with Detective Perry Dart to solve this case - one which becomes even stranger when when Frimbo miraculously returns to life and announces his intention to solve his own murder.

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    Condition: Good only in beige cloth - some spine slant, wear to edges and corners, overall soiling to the cloth. Synopsis from front flap of dust jacket pasted inside front cover. Binding slightly cracked just before the title page. Despite the flaws, this is still a very readable copy of a very uncommon first edition.

    Book ID: 29584
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  • BLACK ON BLACK: Twentieth-Century African American Writing about Africa. by Gruesser, John Cullen.
    Gruesser, John Cullen.
    BLACK ON BLACK: Twentieth-Century African American Writing about Africa.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, (2000) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book described as "the first comprehensive analysis of the modern African American literary response to Africa, from W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk to Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Combining cutting-edge theory, extensive historical and archival research, and close readings of individual texts, Gruesser reveals the diversity of the African American response to Countee Cullen's question, 'What is Africa to Me?'" Extensive notes, works cited, index. xiii, 205 pp. ISBN: 0-813121639.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (appears unread)

    Book ID: 79195
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  • STILL LIFE IN HARLEM by Harris, Eddy L.
    Harris, Eddy L.
    STILL LIFE IN HARLEM

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's fourth book - a revisiting of the Harlem during several eras: in its early days as a pastoral suburb; during the Harlem Renaissance of the 20's, and in its decline into a symbol of urban despair. Small octavo. 276 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-4851-0.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 17033
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  • MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED. by Hughes, Langston.
    Hughes, Langston.
    MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1951.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A late and uncommon collection of poetry by Hughes - a portrait of the community of Harlem in transition. Dedicated to Ralph and Fanny Ellison. An interesting association copy "To my dear friend Kathy by way of my mother Alice C. Browning. I know you will cherish this as I cherish all of her books." and dated in 1985, the year Browning died. Browning was an active member of the Chicago Black Renaissance, who, among other things, founded and published the 1940s magazine "Negro Story" which included contributions by Langston Hughes. 75 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a poor dust jacket with extensive tape repairs to tears and along the folds, chips in upper corner of front cover and to bottom edge of back cover.

    Book ID: 55993
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  • MOSES MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN. by Hurston, Zora Neale.
    Hurston, Zora Neale.
    MOSES MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1939. dj. Hardcover first edition - Hurston's novel of Moses from an African-American folklore point of view - as the great 'Voodoo Man' of the Bible. In the first issue binding, finely woven reddish-brown cloth stamped in orange on the front boards and spine.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (dampstaining to back cover of the dj, and affecting the rear board and spine of the book very slightly, chip missing at top of spine of dj, gift inscription dated in 1942. Despite these flaws, this is a straight and attractive copy of Hurston's rather hard to find last novel and the illustration on the front cover of the dj is striking. )

    Book ID: 24618
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  • SERAPH ON THE SUWANEE. by Hurston, Zora Neale
    Hurston, Zora Neale
    SERAPH ON THE SUWANEE.

    Edition: First printing, with the Scribner seal and A on the copyright page.

    New York: Scribner's, 1948. dj. Hardcover first edition - Hurston's fourth, and final, novel. This is the story of Arvey and Jim Meserve - Jim had gumption and wanted to get ahead, and so they moved from the Suwanee to the citrus belt in Florida, but the heart of the story is Arvey's long stumbling progress towards self-discovery and fulfillment. On the back cover of the dustjacket is a 2 column brief biography headed by 'Zora Neale Hurston writes about herself:' Original price of $3.00 still present. 311 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library, but the only markings in the book are a pocket on the rear pastedown, mostly hidden by the dustjacket flap and a small light stamp on the title page. Overall, a tight copy is a somewhat edgeworn dustjacket, with rubbing and loss of color along the folds and sides of the spine, and a small white rectangle on the spine where a label was removed. Some offsetting to the endpapers. Despite the flaws, this is still a reasonably attractive copy of a book which is quite scarce in the dustjacket.

    Book ID: 78040
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  • THE COMPLETE STORIES. by Hurston, Zora Neale.
    Hurston, Zora Neale.
    THE COMPLETE STORIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1995) dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes all of her published short stories, listed chronologically by the date of their first appearance and seven not previously published stories. Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Sieglinde Lemke and an afterword by Gates. Bibliography. 305 pp. ISBN: 0-060167327.

    Condition: Very near fine in fine dust jacket (slightly over-opened before title page)

    Book ID: 79786
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  • ZORA NEALE HURSTON. by [Hurston, Zora Neale] Witcover, Paul.
    [Hurston, Zora Neale] Witcover, Paul.
    ZORA NEALE HURSTON.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Chelsea House Publishers, (1991). A biography of this important Harlem Renaissance author, written for younger readers and illustrated throughout with photographs. Introductory essay by Coretta Scott King. A title in the Black Americans of Achievement series, edited by Nathan Irvin Huggins. List of books by Hurston, a chronology, suggestions for further reading and index. Slightly oversized square format. 120 pp. ISBN: 0-791011542.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 71783
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  • Johnson, James Weldon.
    SAINT PETER RELATES AN INCIDENT: Selected Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, 1935. dj. Hardcover first edition - The title poem of this collection was originally privately published in an edition of only 200 copies, and was written in reaction to the news that the when the US was sending a contigent of gold star mothers to Europe to visit the graves of their sons, that the Negro mothers would not be allowed to sail on the same ship as the white gold-star mothers. Also includes poems from his first book of poetry and some which had not previously been published in book form.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth with spine label (pencil phrase on rear endpaper, erasable, no dj.)

    Book ID: 14119
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  • PASSING. by Larsen, Nella (introduction by Thadious M. Davis.)
    Larsen, Nella (introduction by Thadious M. Davis.)
    PASSING.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Penguin, (1997.). Larsen's second book, a novel about crossing the color line by one of the most important writers of the Harlem Renaissance, originally published in 1929 and edited for this edition with a new introduction and notes by Thadious M. Davis. xxxiv, 122 pp. ISBN: 0-14-1180250.

    Condition: Fine.

    Book ID: 51767
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  • QUICKSAND and PASSING. by Larsen, Nella. ( McDowell, Deborah E., editor.)
    Larsen, Nella. ( McDowell, Deborah E., editor.)
    QUICKSAND and PASSING.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 1991. One of the American Women Writers Series. Edited and with an Introduction by Deborah E. McDowell. This is a reprinting of two novels by Nella Larsen, a woman born of a Danish mother and black West Indian father. A writer of the Harlem Renaissance and winner of a Guggenheim in 1930, Nella Larsen died in relative obscurity. Notes, 246 pp. ISBN: 0-8135-11704.

    Condition: Good only - some pencil underlining and marginal notations, mostly in the second novel .

    Book ID: 65431
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  • QUICKSAND and PASSING. by Larsen, Nella. ( McDowell, Deborah E., editor.)
    Larsen, Nella. ( McDowell, Deborah E., editor.)
    QUICKSAND and PASSING.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, (1991). One of the American Women Writers Series. Edited and with an Introduction by Deborah E. McDowell. This is a reprinting of two novels by Nella Larsen, a woman born of a Danish mother and black West Indian father. A writer of the Harlem Renaissance and winner of a Guggenheim in 1930, Nella Larsen died in relative obscurity. Notes, 246 pp.

    Condition: Very good (remainder line)

    Book ID: 68857
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  • [Larsen, Nella; Toomer, Jean.] Larson, Charles R.
    INVISIBLE DARKNESS: Jean Toomer and Nella Larsen.

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

    Iowa City, IO: University of Iowa Press, 1993. First edition - One of the most readable and interesting books written about these two major novelists of the Harlem Renaissance - especially regarding Nella Larsen where the author is drawing upon previously unpublished letters and documents to examine her life after the publication of the 2 novels (Passing and Quicksand) for which she is known. Russell C. Brignano says that Larson's 'concept of pairing these two 'lost artists' is tenable, possibly brilliant; his portrayal of Larsen's life is the best I have encountered... his approach to Toomer the man is bold and courageous; his experiments with unchronological and intertwined accounts of two lives is deft and sucessful..' Photographs, notes, sources, index. 241 pp. ISBN: 0-87745-437x.

    Condition: Fine (as new.)

    Book ID: 26478
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  • Pitts, Gertrude / Scott, Anne. (introduction by Marilyn Sanders Mobley.)
    TRAGEDIES OF LIFE / GEORGE SAMPSON BRITE / CASE 999 - A CHRISTMAS STORY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: G. K. Hall, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - A title in the African-American Women Writers 1910-1940 series. While very little information is available on the two authors in this volume, both Pitt and Scott were born in 1900, and both of these novels were written when the authors were in their late 30's, towards the end of the Harlem Renaissance, and towards the end of the Depression. Both novels were published in 1939, and the short story 'Case 999' was published in 1952. In addition to the introduction by Mobley, this volume includes reproductions of the original publications of these works,. ISBN: 0-8161-16342.

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

    Book ID: 17039
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  • LOOKING INTO THE HURT by Scott, Nathaniel
    Scott, Nathaniel
    LOOKING INTO THE HURT

    Edition: First printing.

    Sacramento, CA: Act Three, 1988. First edition - Poetry chapbook by this African American author: the theme is the Harlem Renaissance, both as a tribute to the writers of that period, and a study of the contrasts made by the passage of 60 years. Cover design by D. Woodard.

    Condition: Near fine in stapled glossy wrappers.

    Book ID: 9040
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  • CARL VAN VECHTEN AND THE IRREVERANT DECADES. by [Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964] Kellner, Bruce
    [Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964] Kellner, Bruce
    CARL VAN VECHTEN AND THE IRREVERANT DECADES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - Biography of a man who employed his many talents in varied careers - critic, essayist, novelist, photographer, collector and advocate of the arts. He was in New York for the 69th Armory Show, in Paris for the premiere of The Rites of Spring, in Hollywood before the silver screen began to tarnish; he was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. Illustrated with many photographs, including thirty-two of Van Vechten's own superb portrait photographs of writers, theatrical personages, and others, ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Footnotes, a photographic catalogue of Van Vechten, bibliography, index. xxiii, 354 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (slight crinkling to the bottom edge of part of the textblock)

    Book ID: 74732
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  • [Van Vechten, Carl] Lueders, Edward.
    CARL VAN VECHTEN AND THE TWENTIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1955. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the life and work of Van Vechten - as a novelist, as a music critic and as a photographer - during this period of transition and change in American life. Illustrated with photographs by Van Vechten himself, Man Ray and others. Bibliography, index, 150 pages.

    Condition: Very good in a somewhat edgeworn and rubbed dustjacket (prev owner's name, price-clipped.)

    Book ID: 16486
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  • THE RICHER, THE POORER: Stories, Sketches and Reminiscences by West, Dorothy.
    West, Dorothy.
    THE RICHER, THE POORER: Stories, Sketches and Reminiscences

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of stories (including her first short story "The Typewriter" which took second prize in a writing contest when she was only 17) and autobiographical essays, selected and introduced by the author - the last living writer from the days of the Harlem Renaissance. Preface by Mary Helen Washington. 254 pp. ISBN: 0-385-471459.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43978
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