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  • JOHN HENRY. by Bradford, Roark.
    Bradford, Roark.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. dj. Hardcover first edition - Tales of the legendary hero, John Henry, told in black dialect; scattered through the stories are lyrics from some of the many folk and blues songs honoring his exploits. Illustrated with woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. 225 pp plus colophon and 4 pp publisher's ads

    Condition: Good condition overall in blue cloth depicting gears in lighter blue, (gift inscription, bookplate, spine label peeling, sunning to spine). A tight copy, missing the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58352
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  • STERLING A. BROWN: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition. by [Brown, Sterling A.] Gabbin, Joanne V.
    [Brown, Sterling A.] Gabbin, Joanne V.
    STERLING A. BROWN: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition.

    Edition: First thus- a trade paperback.

    Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, (1994.). Originally published in 1985, this remains the most important study of the life and legacy of Sterling A. Brown, an African-American poet and scholar whose literary work presaged future generations of black authors and scholars. Leopold Senghor called him "an original militant of Negritude, a precursor of our movement" and in their foreword, John W. Blassingame and Henry Gates, Jr, describe his book of poetry "Southern Road" as the book which ended the Harlem Renaissance and moved black writing into the modernist lyrical mode. Notes, bibliography, index. xii, 245 pp. ISBN: 0-8139-15317.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy)

    Book ID: 56890
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  • MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS: A Novel of Charleston. by Heyward, DuBose.
    Heyward, DuBose.
    MAMBA'S DAUGHTERS: A Novel of Charleston.

    Edition: Book club edition.

    New York: Literary Guild, (1929.) dj. Hardcover - Novel set in Charleston, South Carolina, and written primarily in dialect. The basis for both the Broadway drama and the Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess." 311 pp.. Illustrated endpapers. These early Literary Guild books were attractive productions with stylized dust jacket art.

    Condition: Very good in beige cloth in a good only dust jacket (chip to base of spine of dj, some toning and discoloration)

    Book ID: 62484
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  • Holley, Marietta (edited by Jane Curry.)

    Edition: First printing.

    Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes 33 of the best selections by this popular humorist on the rights of women, with an introduction by Jane Curry. Illustrations, bibliography, index. 235 pages. ISBN: 0-252-010205.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (tear at upper edge of front cover of dj, other edgewear)

    Book ID: 18923
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  • ALEXANDER GIFFORD OR VI'LET'S BOY: A Story of Negro Life. by Merrill, Rev. Henry A.
    Merrill, Rev. Henry A.

    Edition: Facsimile reprint edition.

    Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries, 1972. Hardcover - A title in The Black Heritage Library Collection, of a work originally published in 1905. In his preface Merrill, a white minister, states that he sought to show "the real purpose of educated negroes, just as I have seen it carried out, in their efforts to adjust themselves to their new surroundings. My Negro characters are taken from lowly cabin homes, educated in good schools, and become influential agencies among their people." Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and three internal plates. 331 pp. ISBN: 0-836990366.

    Condition: Fine in black cloth with silver lettering on the spine.

    Book ID: 83322
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  • Wiley, Hugh.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: George H. Doran, 1920. Hardcover first edition - The title character - Wildcat - is a black man who is drafted in World War I - much of the novel is in dialect.

    Condition: Noticeable wear to the red cloth covers, a little fading to the spine, hinges beginning to crack, etc. but overall in good condition, binding is sturdy, the black lettering is still bright, etc. Uncommon in this edition (it was later reprinted by Knopf.)

    Book ID: 14948
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