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  • Abrahams, Roger D.
    SINGING THE MASTER: The Emergence of African American Culture in the Plantation South.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, 1992. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the dual origins (old English and African) of the corn-shucking ceremony on antebellum plantations. Illustrated, extensive notes, appendix with original accounts of the ceremony, index. 342 pages. ISBN: 0-394-555910.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 18715
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  • HORSES, MUSICIANS, AND GODS: The Hausa Cult of Possession-Trance. by Besmer, Fremont E.
    Besmer, Fremont E.
    HORSES, MUSICIANS, AND GODS: The Hausa Cult of Possession-Trance.

    Edition: First US printing.

    South Hadley, Massachusetts: Bergin & Garvey, (1983.). Hardcover first edition - Forewood by Willard Rhodes. Study of the Bori cult in Nigeria based on data collected in 1971 and 1973. Frontispiece, photographs, musical transcriptions, references, index. xiv, 290 pp. ISBN: 0-89789-0205.

    Condition: Very good in purple cloth boards with gilt lettering.

    Book ID: 54676
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  • BEYOND THE EAST WIND: Legends and Folktales of Vietnam: Bilingual edition: English and Vietnamese by Coburn, Jewell Reinhart (written by); told by Duong Van Quyer; and illustrated by Nena Grigorian Ullberg
    Coburn, Jewell Reinhart (written by); told by Duong Van Quyer; and illustrated by Nena Grigorian Ullberg
    BEYOND THE EAST WIND: Legends and Folktales of Vietnam: Bilingual edition: English and Vietnamese

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Thousand Oaks, CA, Burn, Hart & Co., (1994.). SIGNED - Originally published in 1976, this revised bilingual edition: English and Vietnamese with a Study guide. Contains 10 folktales and legends told by Duong Van Quyen and written in English, plus a 'very brief history of Vietnam' and selected stories condensed and in English and Vietnamese, and one Laotian folktale translated into English, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. Study guide. Illustrated with drawings by Nena Grigorain Ullberg. SIGNED on the title page by Coburn. Large format. 112 pp. ISBN: 0-918060-087.

    Condition: Near fine in bright yellow wrappers (school stamp)

    Book ID: 40876
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  • A CORPSE'S NIGHTMARE. by DePoy, Phillip.
    DePoy, Phillip.
    A CORPSE'S NIGHTMARE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: St Martin's Minotaur, (2011.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Unusual mystery by this Edgar award winning author, featuring folklorist Fever Devilin and set in the Georgia Appalachians. 310 pp. ISBN: 9780-312-699468.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 57766
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  • AMERICAN VAMPIRES: Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Dresser, Norine.
    Dresser, Norine.
    AMERICAN VAMPIRES: Fans, Victims, Practitioners

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Norton, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - A well-researched look at vampires in American life - whether considered as entertainment or taken seriously - by this folklorist - a scholarly book but one written with humor. Illustrated, notes, appendix, bibliography, index, 255 pp. ISBN: 0-393-026787.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59660
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  • Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
    THE PYTHON KILLER: Stories of Nzema Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Twenty stories of life, beliefs and customs of the Nzema tribe of southern Ghana in Western Africa. The Nzema inhabit the forests and lagoons along the Atlantic coast, and Grottanelli was the only anthropologist to live among them - as he did intermittently over a period of more than 30 years. Map, phototgraphs, an appendix on "Witchcraft as an Allegory," notes, glossary, index. xi, 223 pp. ISBN: 0-226310051.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 36713
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  • THE PYTHON KILLER: Stories of Nzema Life. by Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
    Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
    THE PYTHON KILLER: Stories of Nzema Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, (1988). Hardcover first edition - Twenty stories of life, beliefs and customs of the Nzema tribe of southern Ghana in Western Africa. The Nzema inhabit the forests and lagoons along the Atlantic coast, and Grottanelli was the only anthropologist to live among them - as he did intermittently over a period of more than 30 years. Map, phototgraphs, an appendix on "Witchcraft as an Allegory," notes, glossary, index. xi, 223 pp. ISBN: 0-226310051.

    Condition: Very near fine in brown cloth, lacking the dust jacket (synopsis from front flap is pasted inside the front cover.)

    Book ID: 54589
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  • VERBAL ARTS IN MADAGASCAR: Performance in Historical Perspective. by Haring, Lee.
    Haring, Lee.
    VERBAL ARTS IN MADAGASCAR: Performance in Historical Perspective.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - Combines "A history of the encounter between Europeans and the colonized people with a groundbreaking analysis of four types of Malagasy folklore: riddles, proverbs, hainteny (dialogic exchanges of traditional metaphors), and oratory." A title in New Series of the Publications of the American Folklore Society, under the editorship of Patrick B. Mullen. Notes, sources, index. 242 pp. ISBN: 0-812231414.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 76068
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  • THE HEADLESS HAUNT and Other African-American Ghost Stories. by Haskins, James; Ben Otero, Illustrator.
    Haskins, James; Ben Otero, Illustrator.
    THE HEADLESS HAUNT and Other African-American Ghost Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1994) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes sections on buried treasure and ghosts, civil war ghosts, how to protect yourself against haunts, and more. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Illustrated throughout with thirty black & white drawings by Ben Otero. Bibliographical references. xii, 116 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0229942.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58775
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  • Levine, Lawrence W.
    BLACK CULTURE AND BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Oxford University Press, (1977.). A landmark book at the time of its publication - one which showed - contrary to the prevailing ideas at the time, which held that African culture disappeared quickly under slavery and that black Americans had little group pride, history, or cohesiveness - that there was a rich and complex African American oral tradition, including songs, proverbs, jokes, folktales, and long narrative poems called toasts--work that dated from before and after emancipation. Notes, index. 522 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5023749.

    Condition: Very good+ in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 39352
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  • LIVING COUNTRY BLUES. by Oster, Harry.
    Oster, Harry.
    LIVING COUNTRY BLUES.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Minerva Press, (1975.). The definitive book on contemporary country blues, one which focuses on the songs rather than the musicians, although it includes a 16 page insert of wonderful photographs. While this includes chapters on the Setting of the Blues, their history, and a defintiion of the blues, as well as one on the blues as poetry, the majority of the book contains complete annotated lyrics to over 200 songs, some with scores. The author, a folklorist, recorded thousands of songs in Louisiana, especially at Anglola Prison and the Cajun country in the southwestern part of the state.Index xv, 464 pp. ISBN: 0-308-102363.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, creasing to the cover, but a good reading copy.

    Book ID: 44668
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  • CULTURES AND SOCIETIES OF AFRICA. by Ottenberg, Simon and Phoebe, editors.
    Ottenberg, Simon and Phoebe, editors.
    CULTURES AND SOCIETIES OF AFRICA.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Random House, (1964.) dj. Hardcover - The first systematic collection of important essays by many major contributors to the study of African anthropology, including Audrey Richards, Daryll Forde, Monica Wilson, R S Rattray, E Colson, Evans-Pritchard, Herskovits, etc. Among the specific papers are 'Witchcraft in Four African Societies' by S. F. Nadel; Negro Folklore by Herskovits, The Study of African Art by William Fagg, Jie Marriage by P. H. Gulliver; An African Morality by Godfrey Wilson; Rice, a Malagasy Tradition by Ralph Linton; The Bushmen of South West Africa by Fourie and many more. Photographs, maps, bibliography, index. 614 pages. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket. Laid in is a large, folded outline map of tribal Africa (approx 40 inches by 32 inches)

    Book ID: 56134
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  • THE TSAR'S PROMISE: A Russian Tale. by San Souci. Robert D.; Illustrated by Lauren Mills.
    San Souci. Robert D.; Illustrated by Lauren Mills.
    THE TSAR'S PROMISE: A Russian Tale.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Philomel Books, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A retelling of this story, derived from Russian folklore and originally included in Andrew Lang's Green Fairy Book, about a tsar who unwittingly pledges his son to a demon. Illustrated with watercolors by Lauren Mills including some double page spreads. Warmly INSCRIBED by San Souci on the title page "To --- it's a pleasure to meet you and share this 'old story in a new retelling' with you! Happy visits to 'once upon a time.'" and dated in 1993. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-399215816.

    Condition: Very near fine in a good dustjacket with some short tears and wear at the corners, ends of spine.

    Book ID: 69309
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  • LARGER THAN LIFE: The Adventures of American Legendary Heroes. by San Souci, Robert; illustrated by Andrew Glass.
    San Souci, Robert; illustrated by Andrew Glass.
    LARGER THAN LIFE: The Adventures of American Legendary Heroes.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of five short tales about Americanfolklore heroes - including John Henry, Old Stormalong, Slue-Foot Sue and Pecos Bill, Strap Buckner and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. Illustrated in full color by Andrew Glass. Large format. 59 pp. ISBN: 0-385249071.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards in a near fine dust jacket (very short tear at fold on rear cover).

    Book ID: 73199
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  • THE SOURCE OF ALL EVIL: African Proverbs and Sayings on Women. by Schipper, Mineke
    Schipper, Mineke
    THE SOURCE OF ALL EVIL: African Proverbs and Sayings on Women.

    Edition: First printing.

    London: Allison & Busby, (1991.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Arranged topically - from girl and woman through beauty and life to witchcraft and poisoning. Map. Notes on oral sources, bibliography. ISBN: 0-85032-8637.

    Condition: Fine in a near fine dust jacket (crinkling to bottom edge of back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 53986
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  • WALKIN' OVER MEDICINE . by Snow, Loudell F.
    Snow, Loudell F.
    WALKIN' OVER MEDICINE .

    Edition: First printing.

    Boulder, CO: Westview Press, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A study of the co-existence of traditional health practices and the use of herbal remedies and modern medicine and drugs in African-American Life, based on the author's studies over a period of 20 years in Michigan and Arizona. Detailed notes at the end of each chapter, bibliography, index. xiv, 311 pp. ISBN: 0-813310741.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (sunning to spine of dj).

    Book ID: 63392
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  • ALL FOR LOVE. by Tudor, Tasha (selected, edited & illustrated)
    Tudor, Tasha (selected, edited & illustrated)
    ALL FOR LOVE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Philomel Books, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An anthology of poems, stories, folklore, songs and recipes on the theme of love, with delicate and charming full color illustrations on every page by Tudor. Oblong format. 93 pp. First issue with all the points including the error on page 90. ISBN: 0-689-82842X.

    Condition: Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (tear and associated creasing to upper edge of back cover of dj and at top of spine, original price of 15.95 still present. now in an archival dust jacket protector.)

    Book ID: 67787
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  • MOTHER GOOSE'S LITTLE TREASURES. by Wells, Rosemary, illlustrator and Iona Opie.
    Wells, Rosemary, illlustrator and Iona Opie.
    MOTHER GOOSE'S LITTLE TREASURES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, (2007.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by the illustrator, Rosemary Wells, on the half-title page. A collection of little-known nursery rhymes collected and with an introduction by renowned folklorist Iona Opie, beautifully illustrated in full color by the award-winning artist Rosemary Wells. Meet some unknown characters - Mrs Whirly the Fish Fryer, the Wee Melodie Man and many others - and hear some unfamilliar ryhmes in this unique collection for all ages. Square format, unpaginated. ISBN: 9780763636555.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 39025
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  • Wilentz, Gay.
    BINDING CULTURES: Black Women Writers in Africa and the Diaspora.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1992. A study of the writings of Flora Nwapa, Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall with a focus on the bonds between African women and African American women and the cutural values which they evoke in their writings. Notes, bibliography and index. 141 pages. ISBN: 0-253-207142.

    Condition: Fine condition (as new.)

    Book ID: 16316
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  • THE BUNYANS. by Wood, Audrey; illustrated by David Shannon.
    Wood, Audrey; illustrated by David Shannon.
    THE BUNYANS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Blue Sky Press / Scholastic, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - "A portrayal of a larger-than-life folk hero and his family introduces young readers to Paul Bunyan, his giant wife Carrie, and their king-sized children, Little Jean and Teeny, as they carve out famous sites in early America" from Bryce Canyon to the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado, California's Big Sur and more. Illustrated in full color by David Shannon. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-590480898.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (bookplate on front pastedown, mostly hidden by dj flap, some wear to dj at base of spine)

    Book ID: 78440
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