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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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  • SONGS OF THE MICHIGAN LUMBERJACKS. by Beck, Earl Clifton.
    Beck, Earl Clifton.
    SONGS OF THE MICHIGAN LUMBERJACKS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1941. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Collects many ballads, arranged topically - from the shantyman's life to moniker songs, French Canadian songs, bunkhouse ballads, Paul Bunyan songs and more. Illustrated with drawings of Paul Bunyan by Gustave Hildebrand, who also provided the colored endpapers. INSCRIBED on the first blank page "To the one who gave me the idea" and signed by the author with his initials. Frontispiece portrait of Perry Allen, an old time lumberjack. Appendix of tall tales from the North Woods, bibliography, index. 291 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in tan cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (some toning to the pages), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85113
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  • SONGS OF THE MICHIGAN LUMBERJACKS. by Beck, Earl Clifton.
    Beck, Earl Clifton.
    SONGS OF THE MICHIGAN LUMBERJACKS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1941. Hardcover first edition - Collects many ballads, arranged topically - from the shantyman's life to moniker songs, French Canadian songs, bunkhouse ballads, Paul Bunyan songs and more. Illustrated with drawings of Paul Bunyan by Gustave Hildebrand, who also provided the colored endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of Perry Allen, an old time lumberjack. Appendix of tall tales from the North Woods, bibliography, index. 291 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in tan cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (some toning to the pages), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85112
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  • STAGOLEE SHOT BILLY. by Brown, Cecil.
    Brown, Cecil.
    STAGOLEE SHOT BILLY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which attempts to uncover the truth behind the legend of Stack Lee and the incident that led to murder in 1895. Brown tracks the legend through variants of the song "from early ragtime versions of the '20s, to Mississippi John Hurt's rendition in the '30s, to John Lomax's 1940s prison versions, to interpretations by Lloyd Price, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett, right up to the hip-hop renderings of the '90s. Drawing upon the works of James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, he describes the powerful influence of a legend bigger than literature, one whose transformation reflects changing views of black musical forms, and African Americans'…

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    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which attempts to uncover the truth behind the legend of Stack Lee and the incident that led to murder in 1895. Brown tracks the legend through variants of the song "from early ragtime versions of the '20s, to Mississippi John Hurt's rendition in the '30s, to John Lomax's 1940s prison versions, to interpretations by Lloyd Price, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett, right up to the hip-hop renderings of the '90s. Drawing upon the works of James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, he describes the powerful influence of a legend bigger than literature, one whose transformation reflects changing views of black musical forms, and African Americans' altered attitudes toward black male identity, gender, and police brutality." Notes, bibliography, index. viii, 296 pp. ISBN: 0-674010566.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88784
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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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  • MIRROR OF FIRE AND DREAMING: The Brotherhood of the Conch, Book Two. by Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee.
    Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee.
    MIRROR OF FIRE AND DREAMING: The Brotherhood of the Conch, Book Two.

    Edition: First printing.

    New Milford, CT: Roaring Brook Press, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - Young adult novel which continues the adventures of Anand - This time his journey takes him back from the present where he is living in the Himalayan Silver Valley back to Moghul times, as he encounters powerful sorcerers, spoiled princes, noble warriors and evil jinns. 329 pp. ISBN: 1-596430672.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 83014
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • RAVEN-WHO-SETS-THINGS-RIGHT: Indian Tales of the Northwest Coast, by Martin, Fran, retold by.
    Martin, Fran, retold by.
    RAVEN-WHO-SETS-THINGS-RIGHT: Indian Tales of the Northwest Coast,

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1975) dj. Hardcover - Illustrated with line drawings by Dorothy McEntee. A revised edition of the 1951 title 'Nine Tales of Raven'. 90 pp. ISBN: 06-0240725.

    Condition: Ex-library in illustrated boards and with only a few markings, overall tight and clean in a very good unmarked dj.

    Book ID: 89102
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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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  • 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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  • CURANDERO: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing, by Torres, Eliseo "Cheo" with Timothy L. Sawyer, Jr.
    Torres, Eliseo "Cheo" with Timothy L. Sawyer, Jr.
    CURANDERO: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing,

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (2005). From the cover: "Eliseo Torres, known as Cheo, grew up in the Corpus Christi area of Texas and knew, firsthand, the Mexican folk healing practiced in his home and neighborhood. Later in life, he wanted to know more about the plants and rituals of curanderismo. Torres's story begins with his experiences in the Mexican town of Espinazo, the home of the great curandero El Nino Fidencio (1899-1939), where Torres underwent life-changing spiritual experiences. He introduces us to some of the major figures in the tradition, discusses some of the pitfalls of teaching curanderismo, and concludes with an account of a class he taught in which curanderos from Cuernavaca, Mexico, shared their knowledge…

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    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (2005). From the cover: "Eliseo Torres, known as Cheo, grew up in the Corpus Christi area of Texas and knew, firsthand, the Mexican folk healing practiced in his home and neighborhood. Later in life, he wanted to know more about the plants and rituals of curanderismo. Torres's story begins with his experiences in the Mexican town of Espinazo, the home of the great curandero El Nino Fidencio (1899-1939), where Torres underwent life-changing spiritual experiences. He introduces us to some of the major figures in the tradition, discusses some of the pitfalls of teaching curanderismo, and concludes with an account of a class he taught in which curanderos from Cuernavaca, Mexico, shared their knowledge with students. Part personal pilgrimage, part compendium of medical knowledge, this moving book reveals curanderismo as both a contemplative and a medical practice that can offer new approaches to ancient problems." Illustrated with photographs. Selective bibliography, index. ix, 170 pp. ISBN: 0-82633640X.

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    Condition: Fine (a new copy)

    Book ID: 87997
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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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  • 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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