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  • KING KONG: An African Jazz Opera. by Bloom, Harry; lyrics by Pat Williams.
    Bloom, Harry; lyrics by Pat Williams.
    KING KONG: An African Jazz Opera.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    London: Fontana, (1961). Fontana Books Paperback Original #605. A jazz opera play which tells the story of a black boxer in a South African shanty town - inspired by the life and death of the heavyweight boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini. Billed as a 'Jazz-Opera', the production was first staged in Johannesburg, opening in February 1959 and even though it was a direct challenge to apartheid it was an immediate success touring the country for two years, before multi-racial audiences, and then opening in London in 1961. The author, Harry Bloom, was a South African attorney and activist who worked with Nelson Mandela during the late 1950s and was detained, without being charged, after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Lyrics…

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    London: Fontana, (1961). Fontana Books Paperback Original #605. A jazz opera play which tells the story of a black boxer in a South African shanty town - inspired by the life and death of the heavyweight boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini. Billed as a 'Jazz-Opera', the production was first staged in Johannesburg, opening in February 1959 and even though it was a direct challenge to apartheid it was an immediate success touring the country for two years, before multi-racial audiences, and then opening in London in 1961. The author, Harry Bloom, was a South African attorney and activist who worked with Nelson Mandela during the late 1950s and was detained, without being charged, after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Lyrics by Pat Williams. Illustrated with black and white stills from the theater production. 98 pp.

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    Condition: Near Fine in white pictorial wraps with red & black lettering (an export edition with the price on the front cover replaced with 2 small red triangles)

    Book ID: 88617
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  • DeLoach, Nora.
    MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Bantam, 1998. First edition - African American mystery featuring Simone Covington - in this story, she goes back to South Carolina to help her mama after an operation.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers (publisher's letter laid in.)

    Book ID: 11553
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  • MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE. by DeLoach, Nora.
    DeLoach, Nora.
    MAMA ROCKS THE EMPTY CRADLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (1998) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - African American mystery featuring Simone Covington - in this story, she goes back to South Carolina to help her mama after an operation. SIGNED and dated on the title page. 196 pp. ISBN: 0-553-107038.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 73923
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  • Downey, Harris.
    CARRIE DUMAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1966. dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel of a woman who searches for her brother in the bars and seamy side of Harlem.

    Condition: Near fine in a somewhat rubbed, but otherwise near fine, dustjacket.

    Book ID: 11521
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  • Downey, Harris.
    CARRIE DUMAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1966. Hardcover first edition - Novel of a woman who searches for her brother in the bars and seamy side of Harlem.

    Condition: Just about fine, no dj.

    Book ID: 11852
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  • MOTHER WIT FROM THE LAUGHING BARREL: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore. by Dundes, Alan, editor.
    Dundes, Alan, editor.
    MOTHER WIT FROM THE LAUGHING BARREL: Readings in the Interpretation of Afro-American Folklore.

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

    Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, (1973). First edition - Selections which deal with race pride and jokes,the blues, the Ku Klux Klan and Brer Rabbit and much more. Contributions by Zora Neale Hurston, Howard Odum, Eldredge Cleaver, A. Philip Randolph, Bernard Wolfe, Langston Hughes, John Lovell Jr., Alan Lomax and many others. Suggestions for further reading. xiv, 673 pp. ISBN: 0-136030017.

    Condition: Good overall in dark brown glossy wrappers - toning to pages, some wear to covers, lower corner bumped.

    Book ID: 82283
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  • THE NEGRO AND HIS SONGS: A Study of Typical Negro Songs in the South. by Odum, Howard W. and Guy B. Johnson.
    Odum, Howard W. and Guy B. Johnson.
    THE NEGRO AND HIS SONGS: A Study of Typical Negro Songs in the South.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press 1925. Hardcover first edition - The second of Odum's three classic works on African American music. As noted in the preface, the songs in this volume were collected in northern Mississippi and northern Georgia, with a few other songs and fragments from North Carolina and Tennessee included for comparative purposes. They are divided into three categories: religious songs (the largest group), social songs, and work songs. Much of the book consists of the lyrics to the songs. Includes a select bibliography, and an index to the songs. vii, 306 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall a good copy, tight and sturdy in very dark blue cloth with gilt lettering (corners bumped, a bit of wear to the ends of the spine covering)

    Book ID: 84395
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  • Reckley, Ralph, Sr. (edited by Lola E. Jones.)
    TWENTIETH CENTURY BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN IN PRINT.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    Acton, MS: Copley Publishing, 1995. First edition - Essays on Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Frances Watkins Harper, Sonia Sanchez and more. 128 pgs.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 11599
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  • [Robeson, Paul] Duberman, Martin Bauml
    PAUL ROBESON.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Hardcover first edition - Massive biography of the great African American singer, actor and outspoken advocate of racial equality. 804 pgs including extensive notes, index. Photographs.

    Condition: NF/NF (pc.)

    Book ID: 11464
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  • Whipple, Charles K.
    RELATION OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS TO SLAVERY.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969. Facsimile reprint of a work originally published in 1861. An indictment of the mission for its refusal to condemn slavery - 'this last unequivocal and emphatic uplifting of the voice of the Board on behalf of slavery will help many Christians to realize how far different is its teaching from the Gospel of Christ.' 45 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in brown cloth (some discoloration to front endpapers from binder's glue, a flaw found in most, if not all, copies, a few spots on edge of textblock).

    Book ID: 11532
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