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  • OCCUPIED AMERICA: The Chicano's Struggle Toward Liberation. by Acuna, Rodolfo.
    Acuna, Rodolfo.
    OCCUPIED AMERICA: The Chicano's Struggle Toward Liberation.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1980, c 1972). A relatively early printing of this classic history which both shows (and attempts to explain) how Chicanos - Americans of Mexican descent - came to be treated as second class citizens and their struggle for their rights. Covers from the conquest of the Southwest to remember the Alamo in Texas, to California and the Delano strike, the deportations of the 1930s and more. Notes, index. 282 pp. ISBN: 0-06380350X.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88552
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  • JUAN DE LA ROSA: Memoirs of the Last Soldier of the Independence Movement. by Aguirre, Nataniel (1843-1888)
    Aguirre, Nataniel (1843-1888)
    JUAN DE LA ROSA: Memoirs of the Last Soldier of the Independence Movement.

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

    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. First edition - First English language edition of this classic Bolivian novel. Set in the early 1800s, this is narrated by one of the last surviving Bolivian rebels, octogenarian Juan de la Rosa, who tells the story of a young boy's coming of age during the violent and tumultuous years of Bolivia's struggle for independence. Translated from the Spanish by Sergio Gabriel Waisman. A title in the Library of Latin America series with an introduction by the series editors, Jean Franco and Richard Graham. Edited and with a foreword by Alba Maria de la Paz Soldan. Notes. 329 pp. ISBN: 0-195113284.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 86929
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  • EL PLAN INFINITO. by Allende, Isabel.
    Allende, Isabel.
    EL PLAN INFINITO.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamerica, (1991). First edition - En espanol. 359 pp. ISBN: 950-0707241.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers with self flaps (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 85757
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  • PEN, SWORD, CAMISOLE: A Fable to Kindle a Hope. by Amado, Jorge.
    Amado, Jorge.
    PEN, SWORD, CAMISOLE: A Fable to Kindle a Hope.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Boston & New York: David R. Godine / Avon Books, (1985) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel set in 1940 by this Brazilian writer - The "brilliant womanizing poet Antonio Bruno" has died and his seat in the Brazilian Academy of Letters is now vacant - a colonel who had welcomed Nazi control is sure it should be his, but arrayed against him are two determined octagenarians and four remarkable women. Translated from the Portuguese by Helen R. Lane. 274 pp. ISBN: 0-879235527.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (very light foxing to edges of textblock, appears unread)

    Book ID: 86067
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  • THE SPIRIT OF SCIENCE FICTION: A Novel. by Bolano, Roberto.
    Bolano, Roberto.
    THE SPIRIT OF SCIENCE FICTION: A Novel.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Penguin, (2019). First edition - A story of two young men, Jan and Remo, who "find themselves adrift in Mexico City. Obsessed with poetry, and, above all, with science fiction, they are eager to forge a life in the literary world. . as close as these friends are, the city tugs them in opposite directions. Jan withdraws from the world, shutting himself in their shared rooftop apartment where he feverishly composes fan letters to the stars of science fiction and dreams of cosmonauts and Nazis. Meanwhile, Remo runs headfirst into the future, spending his days and nights with a circle of wild young writers, seeking pleasure in the city's labyrinthine streets, rundown cafs, and murky bathhouses." Translated…

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    New York: Penguin, (2019). First edition - A story of two young men, Jan and Remo, who "find themselves adrift in Mexico City. Obsessed with poetry, and, above all, with science fiction, they are eager to forge a life in the literary world. . as close as these friends are, the city tugs them in opposite directions. Jan withdraws from the world, shutting himself in their shared rooftop apartment where he feverishly composes fan letters to the stars of science fiction and dreams of cosmonauts and Nazis. Meanwhile, Remo runs headfirst into the future, spending his days and nights with a circle of wild young writers, seeking pleasure in the city's labyrinthine streets, rundown cafs, and murky bathhouses." Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer. 196 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers. An uncommon advance issue.

    Book ID: 88262
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  • THE NINE GUARDIANS. by Castellanos, Rosario (1925-1974)
    Castellanos, Rosario (1925-1974)
    THE NINE GUARDIANS.

    Edition: First thus.

    London: Reader's International, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - Originally published in Spanish in 1957, this is considered the masterpiece of Mexico's most important woman novelist of the 20th century. Set against the Mexican Revolution in Chiapas, the southern Mexican state where Castellanos spent her childhood, and which has a strong Mayan presence. Translated from the Spanish and with a preface by Irene Nicholson. Includes a glossary of unfamiliar Spanish and Indian words. 272 pp, Uncommon in hardcover and especially so in this condition. ISBN: 0-93052389x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84806
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  • THE LATIN DELI: Prose and Poetry. by Cofer, Judith Ortiz (1952-2016)
    Cofer, Judith Ortiz (1952-2016)
    THE LATIN DELI: Prose and Poetry.

    Edition: First printing.

    Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of poetry, personal essays, and short fiction in which "the dominant subject - the lives of Puerto Ricans in a New Jersey barrio - is drawn from the author's own childhood." 170 pp. ISBN: 0-820315567.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87236
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  • UNDERCOVER LATINA. by de Leon, Aya.
    de Leon, Aya.
    UNDERCOVER LATINA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, (2022). SIGNED first edition - The author's first book for younger readers. "Andrea Hernandez-Baldoqui is well aware that teenage girls are frequently underestimated, which is why at 14 she's the perfect spy to uncover a White supremacist plot. Alongside her family - Puerto Rican mom, Mexican dad, and little brother Carlos - she works for the Factory, an intelligence organization that serves people of color, and now's the time for her first complex mission: moving to Arizona and befriending Kyle Summer, the estranged son of a White supremacist who may be planning an attack in the Southwest. The catch, however, is why she was chosen: Among all their teen agents, she can best pass as…

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    Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, (2022). SIGNED first edition - The author's first book for younger readers. "Andrea Hernandez-Baldoqui is well aware that teenage girls are frequently underestimated, which is why at 14 she's the perfect spy to uncover a White supremacist plot. Alongside her family - Puerto Rican mom, Mexican dad, and little brother Carlos - she works for the Factory, an intelligence organization that serves people of color, and now's the time for her first complex mission: moving to Arizona and befriending Kyle Summer, the estranged son of a White supremacist who may be planning an attack in the Southwest. The catch, however, is why she was chosen: Among all their teen agents, she can best pass as White, and until she discovers intel on their target, she will be posing as Andrea Burke." From the Factory series , Vol. 1. SIGNED on the title page. Author's note. 314 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88331
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  • HAVANA DREAMS: A Story of Cuba. by Gimbel, Wendy.
    Gimbel, Wendy.
    HAVANA DREAMS: A Story of Cuba.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of four generations of Cuban women in the Revuelta family, "through whose lives the author illuminates a vivid picture - both personal and historical - of Cuba in our century. At its center is Naty: born in 1925, educated in the United States, a socialite during the Batista era, who after marriage to a prominent doctor and the birth of a daughter became intoxicated with Castro and his revolution (here, published for the first time, are the letters they exchanged while he was in jail). Though her husband and daughter immigrated to the United States after Castro's victory, Naty remained in Cuba to raise her second…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of four generations of Cuban women in the Revuelta family, "through whose lives the author illuminates a vivid picture - both personal and historical - of Cuba in our century. At its center is Naty: born in 1925, educated in the United States, a socialite during the Batista era, who after marriage to a prominent doctor and the birth of a daughter became intoxicated with Castro and his revolution (here, published for the first time, are the letters they exchanged while he was in jail). Though her husband and daughter immigrated to the United States after Castro's victory, Naty remained in Cuba to raise her second child, Castro's unacknowledged daughter, only to be ultimately confronted by his dismissive, withering judgment. One of her two daughters settles well into life in America, while the other never recovers from her father's repudiation; her granddaughter, who Naty desperately believes will return to Cuba when Castro is removed from the island; and her mother, an unregenerate reactionary." Illustrated with photographs. Selected chronology, bibliographical note. 234 pp. ISBN: 0-679430539.

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    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 86998
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  • RIVER WOMAN, RIVER DEMON. by Givhan, Jennifer.
    Givhan, Jennifer.
    RIVER WOMAN, RIVER DEMON.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Ashland, OR: Blackstone Publishing, (2022). SIGNED first edition - A novel by this award-winning Mexican-American and Indigenous poet and novelist, who grew up in a small border community in the Imperial Valley in the Southern California desert, "a genre-blurring psychological thriller with an unstable Latina & indigenous mama protagonist that weaves together threads of folk Magick and the horror of everyday life in the margins." Author Ana Castillo called this "a delectable spellbinder. . . a conjuring of equal parts murder mystery, brujera, sex and romance, hauntings and terror, femme empowerment, all with a dash of Northern New Mexican cooking. " SIGNED on the title page. 276 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (lower corner slightly bumped)

    Book ID: 88858
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  • THE LOS ANGELES BARRIO, 1850-1890: A Social History. by Griswold del Castillo, Richard.
    Griswold del Castillo, Richard.
    THE LOS ANGELES BARRIO, 1850-1890: A Social History.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "provides the first detailed analysis of the changes that transformed one of the most important Mexican pueblos in the Southwest into a Chicano urban barrio.. . the author traces the major socio-economic, political, and racial factors that evolved during the post-Mexican War decades and that created a subordinate status for Mexican Americans in a burgeoning American city."(Western Historical Quarterly) "Los Angeles Chicanos emerge . . as internally diverse, active participants in the simultaneous struggles to maintain their socio-cultural fabric and to capture a part of the American Dream. The author effectively demonstrates that the Chicano decline occurred not because of cultural weaknesses but as…

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    Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "provides the first detailed analysis of the changes that transformed one of the most important Mexican pueblos in the Southwest into a Chicano urban barrio.. . the author traces the major socio-economic, political, and racial factors that evolved during the post-Mexican War decades and that created a subordinate status for Mexican Americans in a burgeoning American city."(Western Historical Quarterly) "Los Angeles Chicanos emerge . . as internally diverse, active participants in the simultaneous struggles to maintain their socio-cultural fabric and to capture a part of the American Dream. The author effectively demonstrates that the Chicano decline occurred not because of cultural weaknesses but as the almost inevitable result of Anglo prejudice, numerical domination, and control of political and economic institutions." (American Historical Review) Illustrated with photographs, includes maps, charts, tables, bibliography, index.
    xiv, 217 pp. ISBN: 0-520038169.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (some foxing to edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 87555
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  • PANORAMA of the Tribes of Colombia and Panama. by Hockett, Ruth, editor, with the Columbia-Panama Branch Information Committee.
    Hockett, Ruth, editor, with the Columbia-Panama Branch Information Committee.
    PANORAMA of the Tribes of Colombia and Panama.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Lomalinda, Meta, Colombia: Townsend Press, 1973. First edition - A book which grew out of the work of linguistic analysts who are trying to develop a written language which can be used to translate the Bible. This is designed to give an introduction to these native tribes throughout Colombia and Panama. From desert tribes like the Guajiro, to plains tribes, jungle tribes such as the Siona's and Yucuna's to mountain tribes like the Kogi, and Malayo tribes. Wonderfully drawn sketches, photographs, maps, and illustrations of each distinctive tribe. Includes index, Large format. 182 pp.

    Condition: Good overall - some spine slant, gift inscription on first page, lower corner of back cover creased. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 85932
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  • THE VILLAGERS / HUASIPUNGO: A Novel. by Icaza, Jorge; translated by Bernard M. Dulsey.
    Icaza, Jorge; translated by Bernard M. Dulsey.
    THE VILLAGERS / HUASIPUNGO: A Novel.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1964) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first "authorized translation" of this Ecuadorian author's first novel, still considered his best novel and one of the most significant works in contemporary Latin American literature, a book which brought him both censure and acclaim when it was first published in 1934. It portrays with dramatic intensity the exploitation of indigenous Ecuadorians at the hands of ruling elites. This translation by Bernard M. Dulsey was based on a revised and enlarged edition which appeared in 1953 and was produced with Icaza's collaboration. The first title in the publisher's series "Contemporary Latin American Classics." Includes a brief new preface by the author, an introduction by the translator and…

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    Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, (1964) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first "authorized translation" of this Ecuadorian author's first novel, still considered his best novel and one of the most significant works in contemporary Latin American literature, a book which brought him both censure and acclaim when it was first published in 1934. It portrays with dramatic intensity the exploitation of indigenous Ecuadorians at the hands of ruling elites. This translation by Bernard M. Dulsey was based on a revised and enlarged edition which appeared in 1953 and was produced with Icaza's collaboration. The first title in the publisher's series "Contemporary Latin American Classics." Includes a brief new preface by the author, an introduction by the translator and a foreword by J. Cary Davis, series editor. Glossary. xv, 220 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (underlining on a few pages in the introduction and a few check marks in the glossary, minor edgewear to dj, original price of 5.95 still present on dj flap)

    Book ID: 88485
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  • BODY/CULTURE: CHICANO FIGURATION. by Kubiak, Richard J. and Elizabeth Partch, curators.
    Kubiak, Richard J. and Elizabeth Partch, curators.
    BODY/CULTURE: CHICANO FIGURATION.

    Edition: First printing.

    Rohnert Park, California: University Art Gallery (Sonoma State), (1990). First edition - Exhibition catalog. Includes essays by Victor Alejandro Sorell and Amalia Masa-Bains,and works by twelve artists - from Juana Alicia to Judy Baca, Eva Garcia, Jose Montoya and others - with an example of their work in full color. Includes detailed checklist of the art works and artists. Square format. 44 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 85448
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  • GRAY SKIES TOMORROW. by Molina, Silvia.
    Molina, Silvia.
    GRAY SKIES TOMORROW.

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

    Kaneohe, Hawaii: Plover Press, (1993). First edition - A love story about two young Mexicans abroad, in the rainy London. Translated from the Spanish by John Mitchell and Ruth Mitchell de Aguilar. Winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. INSCRIBED on the the title page and dated in the year of publication. 104 pp. ISBN: 0-917635159.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 85450
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  • INFORMATION: 20 Years of Joda. by Montoya, Jose (1932-2013)
    Montoya, Jose (1932-2013)
    INFORMATION: 20 Years of Joda.

    Edition: First printing, a large trade paperback original.

    Chusma House Publications, (1992). SIGNED first edition - A book which combines poetry in both Spanish and English, drawings by Montoya, song lyrics and more. Rigoberto Gonzalez noted that the title "is 'joda' as in 'twenty years of struggle,' as in 'twenty years of fighting back.' A collection, commemorating two decades worth of work by Chicano poet Jose Montoya, one of the writers who pioneered the use of Calo and code-switching in American poetry, includes a portfolio with representations of Pachucas y Pachucos, Cholas y Cholos, Chicanas y Chicanos and other images reflecting a vatos worldview. 'I chose to include em,' Montoya explains in his preface, 'because they were done in el mismo espiritu that the poems were written…

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    Chusma House Publications, (1992). SIGNED first edition - A book which combines poetry in both Spanish and English, drawings by Montoya, song lyrics and more. Rigoberto Gonzalez noted that the title "is 'joda' as in 'twenty years of struggle,' as in 'twenty years of fighting back.' A collection, commemorating two decades worth of work by Chicano poet Jose Montoya, one of the writers who pioneered the use of Calo and code-switching in American poetry, includes a portfolio with representations of Pachucas y Pachucos, Cholas y Cholos, Chicanas y Chicanos and other images reflecting a vatos worldview. 'I chose to include em,' Montoya explains in his preface, 'because they were done in el mismo espiritu that the poems were written in'." The book also includes lyrics to songs and corridos, many of which are performed by Montoyas musical group Tro Casindio. But the true engines in the book are his poems, many of which have become classics of Chicano letters, like 'El Louie', an all-attitude urban elegy and the celebrated poem 'The Movement Has Gone For Its Ph.D Over at the University or, The Gang Wars Are Back.' Born in Escoboza, New Mexico, Jos Montoya was raised there in Albuquerque and in California. He is a multidisciplinary artist: poet, painter, writer, and musician. Montoya is a founding member of the Rebel Chicano Art Front, better known as the Royal Chicano Air Force, a group of artists and poets in Sacramento, California. Boldly INSCRIBED by Montoya on the title page. 254 pp. Cover art by Jose Montoya. ISBN: 0-962453617.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (name inside front cover) Uncommon - and especially so inscribed.

    Book ID: 88467
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  • MEDICINE STORIES: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity. by Morales, Aurora Levins
    Morales, Aurora Levins
    MEDICINE STORIES: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity.

    Edition: Trade paperback, 2nd printing.

    Cambridge, MA: South End Press (1998). A collection of essays by this Puerto Rican-Jewish poet, historian and essayist. In the introduction "The Political is Personal" she notes that "The essays in this book are about the core issues in my life. They come out of a twenty-year practice of activism through which I have tried to integrate healing myself and healing the world." Index. 135 pp. ISBN: 0-896085813.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 88169
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  • Ortego, Felipe and David Conde, compilers. Sylvia Alicia Gonzales, Guillermo Rojas, Juan Bruce-Novoa, Jose Reyna and Nasario Garcia, contributors.
    THE CHICANO LITERARY WORLD 1974: The First National Symposium on Chicano Literature and Critical Analysis.

    Edition: First printing.

    Las Vegas, NM: New Mexico Highlands University, Division of Ethnic Studies, 1975. First edition - Includes five of the papers (4 in English, 1 in Spanish) presented at this symposium which was sponsored by the National Education Task Force de la Raza, Albuquerque, NM.; New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM; Eric Clearing House on Rural Education, and La Luz Publications. From the overview by David Conde: Over 200 participants from 10 states and 17 universities attended. The papers cover Chicano poetry, novel, drama, and popular folklore humor. "National Character vs Universality in Chicano Poetry" by Sylvia Alicia Gonzales sets forth the notion that national traditions are adaptations of universal styles and national character is or should be but…

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    Las Vegas, NM: New Mexico Highlands University, Division of Ethnic Studies, 1975. First edition - Includes five of the papers (4 in English, 1 in Spanish) presented at this symposium which was sponsored by the National Education Task Force de la Raza, Albuquerque, NM.; New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM; Eric Clearing House on Rural Education, and La Luz Publications. From the overview by David Conde: Over 200 participants from 10 states and 17 universities attended. The papers cover Chicano poetry, novel, drama, and popular folklore humor. "National Character vs Universality in Chicano Poetry" by Sylvia Alicia Gonzales sets forth the notion that national traditions are adaptations of universal styles and national character is or should be but a step toward universality. The new "space" (identity) of Chicano art or literature is related to the definition of the Chicano national character in "The Space of Chicano Literature." by Juan Bruce-Novoa. In "La Prosa Chicano: Tres Epigones de la Novela Mexicana de la Revolucion" by Guillermo Rojas, three novels are reviewed - Tomas Rivera's "Y no se lo trago la tierra", Rolando R. Hinojosa-S. "Estampas del valle y otras obras", and Miguel Mandez-M.'s "Peregrinos de Aztlan." Humor as a tool of artistic expression is the topic of "Chicano Folklore: Raza Humor in Texas." by Jose Reyna. Although the title indicates a Texas context, many of the situations and expressions are part of the national Chicano experience. "Satire: Techniques and Devices in Luis Valdez''Las Dos Caras del Patroncito' by Nasario Garcia traces the exchange of roles between the oppressor and the oppressed. Notes at the end of each paper.Printed in typescript on recto of pages only, large format, 11.5 inches tall, 8.5 wide. 94 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in printed brown wrappers with black cloth spine (some damage to the ends of the spine, usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 84654
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  • THE CAPITAL OF HOPE. by Shoumatoff, Alex,
    Shoumatoff, Alex,
    THE CAPITAL OF HOPE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, (1980) dj. Hardcover first edition - A profile of modern Brazil - and especially an account of how the capital, Brasilia, was carved out of the center of the country between 1955 and 1960. 209 pp. ISBN: 0-69811048x.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88185
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  • THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN BRAZIL. by Toplin, Robert Brent.
    Toplin, Robert Brent.
    THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN BRAZIL.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Atheneum, 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the ending of slavery in Brazil in 1888, including the ideas and tactics of the abolitionists and the slaveholders' defense of their interests. A title in the "Studies in American Negro Life" series, with August Meier as general editor. Bibliography, notes, appendix, index xvii, 299 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a near fine dust jacket. (some scattered marginal notations in ink)

    Book ID: 88630
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