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  • GRACELAND. by Abani, Chris.
    Abani, Chris.
    GRACELAND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Nigerian-born author's powerful first novel, the story of a teenage Elvis impersonator living in a sprawling slum of Lagos. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award. 321 pp. ISBN: 0-374-165890.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69212
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  • TAMARIND AND MANGO WOMAN. by Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    Adisa, Opal Palmer.
    TAMARIND AND MANGO WOMAN.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1992. SIGNED first edition - Collection of poetry by this Afro-Caribbean writer, born in Jamaica. INSCRIBED by Adisa on title page - For --- "May the words transport you to my land" - and dated in1993. 118 pp. ISBN: 0--20813712.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 74903
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  • Albert, Burton (illustrated by Brian Pinkney.)
    WHERE DOES THE TRAIL LEAD?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A young boy follows a trail on "Summertime Island" to the edge of the sea, through hollows filled with buttercups, blueberries and rabbits, to tide pools, sand dunes and crashing waves, a derelict boat half-buried in the sand and finally to fish cooking over a campfire - Although this is a universal story, the dedication refers to "the lures of Nantucket" and the award-winning artist Brian Pinkney who illustrates this with his striking scratchboard paintings depicts the young boy as African American. The simple text will appeal to children and to all who remember summertime explorations. Large format, bound in glossy illustrated boards, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-671734091.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36853
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  • Albert, Burton (illustrated by Brian Pinkney.)
    WHERE DOES THE TRAIL LEAD?

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1991.). A young boy follows a trail on "Summertime Island" to the edge of the sea, through hollows filled with buttercups, blueberries and rabbits, to tide pools, sand dunes and crashing waves, a derelict boat half-buried in the sand and finally to fish cooking over a campfire - Although this is a universal story, the dedication refers to "the lures of Nantucket" and the award-winning artist Brian Pinkney who illustrates this with his striking scratchboard paintings depicts the young boy as African American. The simple text will appeal to children and to all who remember summertime explorations. Large format, unpaginated. Selected as a 1991 Golden Kite Honor Book. ISBN: 0-671-796178.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 38363
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  • ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe. by Algarin, Miguel and Bob Holman, editors.
    Algarin, Miguel and Bob Holman, editors.
    ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe.

    Edition: Later printing, a large trade paperback.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1994.). SIGNED first edition - Anthology containing the works of over 100 modern American poets, including Martin Espada, Paul Beatty, Sapphire, Ntozake Shange, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Luis Rodriguez, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Thulani Davis, Victor Hernadez Cruz, Patricia Spears Jones, David Henderson, Sandra Maria Esteves, Patricia Smith, Luis J. Rodriguez and many others. The selected works were all first performed at New York City's Nuyorkian Poets' Cafe --- founded by poets Miguel Algarin, Miguel Pinero, and others. 1994 American Book Award Winner. Notes on the poets, 514 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-32576.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 87155
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  • LOSER AND STILL CHAMPION: MUHAMMAD ALI by [Ali, Muhammad] Schulberg, Budd.
    [Ali, Muhammad] Schulberg, Budd.
    LOSER AND STILL CHAMPION: MUHAMMAD ALI

    Edition: Early printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1972. dj. Hardcover - Based on Schulberg's time spent with Ali's entourage in the months leading up to the Frazier fight, this is described as "uncompromising look at an uncompromising sport." Illustrated with photographs. Very early printing with code of N14 on last page, indicating a 1972 printing date. 158 pp,

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (some rubbing and edgewear to the dj, especially at the ends of the spine)

    Book ID: 83876
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  • SINGING IN THE SPIRIT: African-American Sacred Quartets in New York City. by Allen, Ray.
    Allen, Ray.
    SINGING IN THE SPIRIT: African-American Sacred Quartets in New York City.

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

    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, (1991). First edition - An ethnomusicological study of the black 'spiritual entertainment' tradition in music, this is based on field recordings and interviews with dozens of local New York singers to tell the story of sacred quartet singing in New York City's African-American church community, as it evolved from 'a cappela' jubilee quartets in the 1920s to the exuberant gospel quartets of the 1950s and the smooth contemporary groups of the 1980s. It formed a symbolic bridge between the rural south and the realities of the urban north. A publication of the American Folklore Society. Photographs, notes at the end of each chapter, bibliography, index. xx, 268 pp. ISBN: 0-812213319.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (as new).

    Book ID: 84824
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  • AMAZING PEACE: A Christmas Poem. by Angelou, Maya; illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.
    Angelou, Maya; illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.
    AMAZING PEACE: A Christmas Poem.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Schwartz & Wade Books (2008) dj. First edition - A poem first read by Maya Angelou at the White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony in 2005 - "it is Christmas time, a halting of hate time" - illustrated with beautiful full color illustrations, each spreading over a page and a half, by Johnson and Fancher. Oblong format. Unpaginated.

    Condition: Fine in plain white wrappers in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68767
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2006. by [Anthology] Patchett, Ann, editor.
    [Anthology] Patchett, Ann, editor.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2006.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. These books are notable for the amount of good - and interesting -writing compressed into one volume. Includes stories by Tobias Wolff, Donna Tartt, Alice Munro, Mary Gaitskill, Yiyun Li and more. Brief biographies of the contributors. Edited and with introductions by Patchett and Katrina Kennison, series editor. Includes contributors' notes and list of 100 other distinguished stories of 2005. xxii, 388 pp. ISBN: 0-618-54352X.

    Condition: Fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 57900
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  • PRIZE STORIES 1996: The O. Henry Awards. by [Anthology, signed] Abrahams, William , editor; Akhil Sharma, signed; Stephen King, William Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley and others, contributors.
    [Anthology, signed] Abrahams, William , editor; Akhil Sharma, signed; Stephen King, William Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley and others, contributors.
    PRIZE STORIES 1996: The O. Henry Awards.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Anchor Books, (1996.). SIGNED - In addition to the prizewinners - with Stephen King winning first prize for 'The Man in the Black Suit' , this also includes stories by Akhil Sharma, William Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, T. J. McNally, Daniel Menaker, Alice Adams, Jane Smiley, Walter Mosley and more. SIGNED by Akhil Sharma at "If You Sing Like That for Me" (his first publiched story) Introduction by Abrahams. Biographical notes and comments by the authors. 387 pp. ISBN: 0-385-481829.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy wrappers (usual toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 54796
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  • PRIZE STORIES 1996: The O. Henry Awards. by [Anthology, signed] Abrahams, William , editor; Walter Mosley and Akhil Sharma, signed; Stephen King, William Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, and others, contributors.
    [Anthology, signed] Abrahams, William , editor; Walter Mosley and Akhil Sharma, signed; Stephen King, William Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, and others, contributors.
    PRIZE STORIES 1996: The O. Henry Awards.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Anchor Books, (1996.). SIGNED first edition - In addition to the prizewinners - with Stephen King winning first prize for 'The Man in the Black Suit' , this also includes stories by Akhil Sharma, William Hoffman, Joyce Carol Oates, T. J. McNally, Alice Adams, Jane Smiley, and more. SIGNED by TWO authors at their stories: Sharma at "If You Sing Like That for Me" (his first publiched story) and Mosley at "The Thief." Introduction by Abrahams. Biographical notes and comments by the authors. 387 pp. ISBN: 0-385-481829.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy wrappers (usual toning to the pages.)

    Book ID: 43292
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000. by [Anthology, signed] Doctorow, E. L, editor; Ron Carlson and Walter Mosley, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Doctorow, E. L, editor; Ron Carlson and Walter Mosley, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. SIGNED first edition - These books are notable for the amount of good - and interesting -writing compressed into one volume. Includes stories by Amy Bloom, Raymond Carver, Walter Mosley , Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Ron Carlson, Junot Diaz, Z Z Packer, Percival Everett and more. SIGNED by TWO authors at their stories: Ron Carlson at his story 'The Ordinary Son' and Walter Mosley at "Pet Fly." Brief biographies of the contributors. Edited and with an ntroduction by E. :L Doctorow. Katrina Kennison, series editor. Includes contributors' notes and list of 100 other distinguished stories of 1999. 381 pp. ISBN: 0-395-926866.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 64975
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000. by [Anthology, signed] Doctorow, E. L, editor; Walter Mosley, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Doctorow, E. L, editor; Walter Mosley, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2000.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. SIGNED first edition - These books are notable for the amount of good - and interesting -writing compressed into one volume. Includes stories by Amy Bloom, Raymond Carver, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Ron Carlson, Junot Diaz and more. SIGNED by Walter Mosley at his story 'Pet Fly.' Brief biographies of the contributors. Edited and with an ntroduction by E. :L Doctorow. Katrina Kennison, series editor. Includes contributors' notes and list of 100 other distinguished stories of 1999. 381 pp. ISBN: 0-395-926866.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed wrappers (hint of sunning to spine).

    Book ID: 53042
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  • IN A NEW LAND: An Anthology of Immigrant Literature. by [Anthology, signed] Grossman, Sari and Joan Brodsky Schur, editors. Frank Chin, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Grossman, Sari and Joan Brodsky Schur, editors. Frank Chin, signed.
    IN A NEW LAND: An Anthology of Immigrant Literature.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, (1995.). SIGNED - An anthology which "relates the newcomer's experience in prose, poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama." Includes selections by such diverse writers as Joseph Bruchac (on Ellis Island), Jamaica Kincaid, Claude McKay, Amy Tan, Richard Rodriguez, W. S. Merwin, Frank Chin, Langston Hughes and more. SIGNED and dated by Frank Chin at this contribution. Glossary, index. 326 pp. ISBN: 0-8442-56277.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 57897
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2003. by [Anthology, signed] Mosley, Walter, editor; Mona Simpson, Edwidge Danticat and Susan Straight, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Mosley, Walter, editor; Mona Simpson, Edwidge Danticat and Susan Straight, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2003.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. SIGNED first edition - These books are notable for the amount of good - and interesting -writing compressed into one volume. Includes stories by Dorothy Allison, Louise Erdrich, Edwidge Danticat, E. L. Doctorow, Z. Z. Packer and more. SIGNED by THREE authors at their stories: Susan Straight (Mines), Edwidge Danticat (Night Talkers) and Mona Simpson (Coins.) Brief biographies of the contributors. Edited and with introductions by Mosley and Katrina Kennison, series editor. Includes contributors' notes and list of 100 other distinguished stories of 2002. xv, 360 pp. ISBN: 0-618-197338.

    Condition: Near fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 57190
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2003. by [Anthology, signed] Mosley, Walter, editor; Susan Straight and Edwidge Danticat, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Mosley, Walter, editor; Susan Straight and Edwidge Danticat, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2003.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. SIGNED first edition - These books are notable for the amount of good - and interesting -writing compressed into one volume. Includes stories by Dorothy Allison, Louise Erdrich, Edwidge Danticat, E. L. Doctorow, Z. Z. Packer and more. SIGNED by TWO authors at their stories: Susan Straight (Mines) and Edwidge Danticat (Night Talkers) Brief biographies of the contributors. Edited and with introductions by Mosley and Katrina Kennison, series editor. Includes contributors' notes and list of 100 other distinguished stories of 2002. xv, 360 pp. ISBN: 0-618-197338.

    Condition: Very good in printed wrappers (some soiling to edges of textblock).

    Book ID: 63259
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  • POW WOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience - Short Fiction from Then to Now. by [Anthology, signed'] Reed, Ishmael, editor, with Carla Blank. Cecil Brown and Lucha Corpi, signed.
    [Anthology, signed'] Reed, Ishmael, editor, with Carla Blank. Cecil Brown and Lucha Corpi, signed.
    POW WOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience - Short Fiction from Then to Now.

    Edition: First printing, the trade paperback issue.

    New York: Da Capo Press - Perseus Books, (2009.). SIGNED first edition - An anthology that includes work ranging from animal stories of the Northwest Coast Eyaks to African-American folklore to reflections on the American Muslim experience. Includes contributions from both well-know writers like Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, Russell Banks, and Zora Neale Hurston to newly discovered writers of all races, genders, and backgrounds. Among the 60 authors are Chester Himes, Robert Coover, Bharati Mukherjee, Benjamin Franklin, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Ntozake Shange, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mark Twain, Grace Paley, Russell Charles Leong, Charles Wright, James Alan McPherson, and many more. SIGNED by Lucha Corpi and Cecil Brown at their contributions. Foreword by Reed, notes on contributors. xxvii, 505 pp. ISBN: 9781568583426.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 51226
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  • THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE EIGHTIES. by [Anthology, signed] Shannon Ravenel, editor. Charles Johnson, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Shannon Ravenel, editor. Charles Johnson, signed.
    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE EIGHTIES.

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

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. dj. SIGNED first edition - Contains twenty-one short stories selected and with an introduction by Ravenel. SIGNED by Charles Johnson at his story, "Exchange Value." Other authors include Peter Taylor, Donald Barthelme,Cynthia Ozick, Robert Coover, Raymond Carver, John Updike,Ursula Le Guin, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Bowles, Russell Banks, Wright Morris, Charles Baxter, Joy Williams ,Susan Sontag, Tim O'Brien, Mavis Gallant, Robert Stone, Baharati Mukherjee and Alice Munro. xvii, 393 pp. ISBN: 0-395-522234.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed white wrappers in an outer dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55347
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  • [Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971] Bergreen, Laurence.
    LOUIS ARMSTRONG: An Extravagant Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Broadway Books, (1997.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A definitive biography of this giant among jazz musicians - based on previously unexplored archives of Armstrong's writings. Photographs, discography, bibliography, endnotes, index. 564 pp. ISBN: 0-553-067680.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 54405
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  • HARLEM ON THE VERGE. by Attie, Alice; Introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley.
    Attie, Alice; Introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley.
    HARLEM ON THE VERGE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Quantuck Lane Press, (2003) dj. Hardcover first edition - A photographic look at Harlem's disappearing landscape, as it becomes more gentrified and more "sanitized." Illustrated with almost 100 full color, full page and very evocative photographs. Introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley Large square format. 120 pp. ISBN: 0-971454876.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75290
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  • THE EDUCATION OF A BLACK RADICAL: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey, 1959-1964. by Bailey, DArmy with Roger Easson. Foreword by Nikki Giovanni.
    Bailey, DArmy with Roger Easson. Foreword by Nikki Giovanni.
    THE EDUCATION OF A BLACK RADICAL: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey, 1959-1964.

    Edition: First printing.

    Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, (2009) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A first hand account of the early days of America's civil rights struggle. Inspired by the actions of the four black college students who refused to leave the whites-only lunch counter of a Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth's on February 1, 1960, D'Army Bailey, the freshman class president at Southern University - the largest predominantly black college in the nation - joined with his classmates in their battle against segregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now a circuit court judge in Tennessee, this is a look at the years that changed America and shaped his life. Warmly INSCRIBED by Bailey on the half title page. Foreword by Nikki Giovanni. Illustrated with photographs, index. xiv, 257 pp. ISBN: 978-0807134764.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86869
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  • ELLA BAKER: Freedom Bound. by [Baker, Ella 1903-1986] Grant, Joanne
    [Baker, Ella 1903-1986] Grant, Joanne
    ELLA BAKER: Freedom Bound.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: John Wiley & Sons, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first complete story of the life of a remarkable woman who rose from poverty and oppression to become a hero of the civil rights movement. Born in Virginia in 1903, she moved North in 1927 to New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, where she began organizing consumer co-operatives and working for the NAACP. Although Ella Baker was a vital grass roots organizer in the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, she remains a relatively obscure figure compared to male colleagues such as Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, and Stokely Carmichael. Grant…

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    New York: John Wiley & Sons, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first complete story of the life of a remarkable woman who rose from poverty and oppression to become a hero of the civil rights movement. Born in Virginia in 1903, she moved North in 1927 to New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, where she began organizing consumer co-operatives and working for the NAACP. Although Ella Baker was a vital grass roots organizer in the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, she remains a relatively obscure figure compared to male colleagues such as Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, and Stokely Carmichael. Grant first met Ella Baker in 1960, and they remained friends and coworkers until Miss Baker's death in 1986; in this book she draws on many sources, including extensive interviews with Ella Baker and her friends, relatives, and colleagues. Chronology, notes, bibliography, index. xvii, 270 pp. ISBN: 0-471020206.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87075
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  • "BEAUTIFUL" (A Painted Poem) by Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
    Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
    "BEAUTIFUL" (A Painted Poem)

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery Graphics, nd (1996). SIGNED first edition - Broadside poem; a single sheet, printed on recto only, measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, containing an illustration and text by Amiri Baraka. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition of Baraka's "painted poems," this depicts an African-American man, wearing a beret, printed in soft blues, blacks, greens and browns, with the text "Don't ever be sad enough not to believe in whatever makes you beautiful." Limited to 199 numbered copies (out of a total edition of 225) each individually numbered and SIGNED by Amiri Baraka.

    Condition: A fine copy, with a separate colophon leaf, in the original printed publisher's envelope.

    Book ID: 68636
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  • "PLAY ON!" and "BEAUTIFUL" (Painted Poems) by Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
    Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
    "PLAY ON!" and "BEAUTIFUL" (Painted Poems)

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery Graphics, 1996. SIGNED first edition - A set of two broadside poems; each is a single sheet, printed on recto only, measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, containing an illustration and text by Amiri Baraka. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition of Baraka's "painted poems," t:Play On" depicts an African-American man, in a brimmed, printed in magenta, blacks, greens and browns, with the text "Suppose you wanted to know the truth about everythigng" Limited to 199 numbered copies and 26 hors de commerce copies - this a one of the 26 copies labeled p/p SIGNED by Amiri Baraka. "Beautiful" depicts an African-American man, wearing a beret, printed in soft blues, blacks, greens and browns,…

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    Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery Graphics, 1996. SIGNED first edition - A set of two broadside poems; each is a single sheet, printed on recto only, measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, containing an illustration and text by Amiri Baraka. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition of Baraka's "painted poems," t:Play On" depicts an African-American man, in a brimmed, printed in magenta, blacks, greens and browns, with the text "Suppose you wanted to know the truth about everythigng" Limited to 199 numbered copies and 26 hors de commerce copies - this a one of the 26 copies labeled p/p SIGNED by Amiri Baraka. "Beautiful" depicts an African-American man, wearing a beret, printed in soft blues, blacks, greens and browns, with the text "Don't ever be sad enough not to believe in whatever makes you beautiful." Limited to 199 numbered copies (out of a total edition of 225) each individually numbered and SIGNED by Amiri Baraka.

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    Condition: Fine copies, each with a separate colophon leaf, in the original printed publisher's envelopes.

    Book ID: 79535
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  • "PLAY ON!" (A Painted Poem) by Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
    Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
    "PLAY ON!" (A Painted Poem)

    Edition: Limited, signed edition.

    Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery Graphics, 1996. SIGNED first edition - Broadside poem; a single sheet, printed on recto only, measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, containing an illustration and text by Amiri Baraka. Issued in conjunction with an exhibition of Baraka's "painted poems," this depicts an African-American man, in a brimmed, printed in magenta, blacks, greens and browns, with the text "Suppose you wanted to know the truth about everythigng" Limited to 199 numbered copies and 26 hors de commerce copies - this a one of the 26 copies labeled p/p SIGNED by Amiri Baraka.

    Condition: A fine copy, with a separate colophon leaf, in the original printed publisher's envelope.

    Book ID: 68637
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  • BLACK BORDERS. by Barboza, Anthony, with poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
    Barboza, Anthony, with poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
    BLACK BORDERS.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    New York: By the author, (1980). SIGNED first edition - A book which was the culmination of a series of photographs Barboza created between 1975-1980, with the publication of this funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The title refers both the black border around each photograph, which gives a unity to the book, and to the fact that most, although not all, portraits are of African Americans, of writers, artists and musicians working on the edge (or on the border) "What sets these photographs apart, and gives them their durable vitality, is their innovative use of lighting and backgrounds. . Barboza turns the dark distorted forms into expressive echoes of the sitters. Underneath setups…

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    New York: By the author, (1980). SIGNED first edition - A book which was the culmination of a series of photographs Barboza created between 1975-1980, with the publication of this funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The title refers both the black border around each photograph, which gives a unity to the book, and to the fact that most, although not all, portraits are of African Americans, of writers, artists and musicians working on the edge (or on the border) "What sets these photographs apart, and gives them their durable vitality, is their innovative use of lighting and backgrounds. . Barboza turns the dark distorted forms into expressive echoes of the sitters. Underneath setups create shadows that loom above and behind Normal Lewis and the World Saxophone Quartet, while side arrangements turn the shadows into repetitions and echoes, doubling Amiri Baraka, and James Baldwin. Barboza then went on to add a bit of blur to some of the portraits, creating the appearance of back and forth motion or elusive ghosting to Ntozake Shange and Pharoah Sanders. The backdrops that he created and employed were equally unorthodox. Rolls of hanging paper were cut, slashed, and sliced, creating abstract patters of squiggles, lines, and openings, and then overpainted with expressive dashes and arcs of silvery spray paint. . So James Van Der Zee is surrounded by a whorling swirl of shining light, Toukie Smith shares the stage with snake-like back-and-forth forms." (Loring Knoblauch, Collectordaily) . Includes poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza and brief handwritten captions under each portrait. SIGNED on the title page by Barboza and numbered AB/72, dated 1981. Square format, unpaginated (32 pp)

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    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers. Quite scarce now.

    Book ID: 88626
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  • I AIN'T SAYIN' SHE'S A GOLD DIGGER. by Barnes, Erica K.
    Barnes, Erica K.
    I AIN'T SAYIN' SHE'S A GOLD DIGGER.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Jamaica, Queens, New York: Q-BORO Books, (2008). SIGNED first edition - "Three young women trying to make it the only way they want to... . the easy way out will be the life-altering lesson that can make or break them." SIGNED on the half title page. 256 pp. ISBN: 1933967420.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 60780
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  • Barnes, Steven.
    STREETLETHAL.

    Edition: Paperback original - second printing.

    New York: Ace Books, (1984). SIGNED - INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1985. Novel by this African American science fiction writer - a dystopian view of the near future, where Los Angeles has become a war-zone. 310 pp. Cover art by Barclay Shaw. ISBN: 0-812-510348.

    Condition: Near fine.

    Book ID: 64394
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  • THE BIG HEART. by Bernhard, Ruth (1905-2006) and Melvin Van [Peebles]
    Bernhard, Ruth (1905-2006) and Melvin Van [Peebles]
    THE BIG HEART.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Fearon Publishers, (1957.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An unusual work for Ruth Bernard (published just a few years after she moved to San Francisco, where she spent the rest of her life): a photo-essay on San Francisco's cable cars and the people who ride them, narrated by young cable car gripman Melvin Van, with unposed black and white photographs by Bernhard on every page. The first book (written when he was just 25) by the independent African American film director and producer, Melvin Van Peebles. SIGNED on the front endpaper by Bernhard with the words "to one who knows" and dated January 24, 1958. A rather uncommon book, and especially so signed by Bernhard. Slightly oversized format, 10 1/4 inches tall by 7 3/16 inches wide. 78 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine photographic dustjacket.

    Book ID: 37311
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  • THE NEGRO IN AMERICA: A Bibliography. by [Bibliography] Miller, Elizbeth W.
    [Bibliography] Miller, Elizbeth W.
    THE NEGRO IN AMERICA: A Bibliography.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1966. A listing of over 3,500 books, documents and articles, mostly published after 1954., arranged topically, and including an index of authors. Foreword by Thomas Pettigrew. 190 pages.

    Condition: Some soiling to the covers, but contents are clean - overall good condition.

    Book ID: 52964
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