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  • STRIVERS ROW. by Baker, Kevin.
    Baker, Kevin.
    STRIVERS ROW.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, (2006) dj. Hardcover first edition - The final novel in his 'City of Fire' trilogy begun with 'Dreamland.' This is set in 1943 Harlem and features a young Malcolm Little, the street hustler who would become the Civil Rights leader, Malcolm X. Glossary of names, words and expressions and notes on sources. 547 pp. ISBN: 9780060195830.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line)

    Book ID: 58121
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  • THE SEVENTH CHILD: A Lucky Life. by Baxter, Freddie Mae; edited by Gloria Bley Miller.
    Baxter, Freddie Mae; edited by Gloria Bley Miller.
    THE SEVENTH CHILD: A Lucky Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999. dj. Hardcover first edition - The autobiography of a remarkable woman, as well as the story of three generations of an African-American family. "The seventh of eight children, Freddie Mae Baxter was born in 1923 in rural South Carolina. When her father left the family, her mother had to raise the children alone, and Freddie Mae went to work - first picking cotton, then cooking for the white families in town. At seventeen, she decided to go up North in search of new horizons and a better life." In Harlem she played saxophone in an all-girls' band - and through good times and bad, she remained optimistic. Frontispiece. 223 pp. ISBN: 0-375406204.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 69625
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  • SUE BARTON, SUPERINTENDENT OF NURSES #5. by Boylston, Helen Dore .
    Boylston, Helen Dore .
    SUE BARTON, SUPERINTENDENT OF NURSES #5.

    Edition: 2nd printing (just one year after the first).

    Boston: Little Brown, 1941 dj. Hardcover - Fifth book in the Sue Barton Series - Sue and Dr Bill Barry are married and they are trying to run the little hospital in the hills of New Hampshire. Illustrated with a glossy frontispiece and three inserted plates by Forrest W. Orr. 244 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a good only dust jacket (previous owner's name, some chipping and short closed tears to the dj) Uncommon in this early a printing, with the same dj art as the original.

    Book ID: 63756
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  • BORN WITH THE BLUES: Perry Bradford's Own Story. The True Story of the Pioneering Blues Singers and Musicians in the Early Days of Jazz. by Bradford, Perry (1893-1970)
    Bradford, Perry (1893-1970)
    BORN WITH THE BLUES: Perry Bradford's Own Story. The True Story of the Pioneering Blues Singers and Musicians in the Early Days of Jazz.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oak Publications, (1965) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account by this singer, songwriter, pianist and vaudeville and minstrel performer who has been credited with forever changing the sound of American popular music by convincing Okeh Records to release the first Blues record in 1920 with Mamie Smith singing two of his songs - 'That Thing Called Love' and 'You CanÕt Keep a Good Man Down.' The next record released by Okeh - 'Crazy Blues', and 'ItÕ s Right Here for You' - was promoted as an African-American singer and band, and reportedly sold more than a million copies. Some other record labels began to jump on the bandwagon. While this is described as an autobiography, and…

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    New York: Oak Publications, (1965) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account by this singer, songwriter, pianist and vaudeville and minstrel performer who has been credited with forever changing the sound of American popular music by convincing Okeh Records to release the first Blues record in 1920 with Mamie Smith singing two of his songs - 'That Thing Called Love' and 'You CanÕt Keep a Good Man Down.' The next record released by Okeh - 'Crazy Blues', and 'ItÕ s Right Here for You' - was promoted as an African-American singer and band, and reportedly sold more than a million copies. Some other record labels began to jump on the bandwagon. While this is described as an autobiography, and includes many entertaining stories from Bradford's life, it is primarily an attempt to set the record straight and to give recognition to many forgotten or overlooked early Black musicians, including Bradford himself. Contains the sheet music for 11 of his songs, including those in the first two Okeh recordings and illustrated with many photographs. Foreword by Noble Sissle. Index. Slightly oversized format. 175 pp plus final drawing.

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    Condition: Very good red cloth in a good only dust jacket (some offsetting from the red cloth to the interior of the dj, several chips and other edgewear to the dj) Hard to find in any edition, but scarce in hardcover in a dustjacket.

    Book ID: 88879
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  • THE CHILDREN OF HAM. by Brown, Claude.
    Brown, Claude.
    THE CHILDREN OF HAM.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Stein & Day, (1976.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of a group of teenagers who have been squatting for two years in an abandoned tenement in Harlem. A moving picture of some of the forgotten members of our society, including their battles with the drug addicts who infest the neighborhood, by the author of the acclaimed 'Manchild in the Promised Land.' His second book. 224 pp. In a first issue dust jacket. ISBN: 0-8012-18377.

    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket (corners slightly bumped, dj has some short tears, minor edgewear, price of 10.00 still present)

    Book ID: 51232
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  • Brown, Claude.
    MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    Edition: Paperback.

    New York: Signet, (c. 1965.). Classic autobiography of growing up poor and Black in Harlem. 429 pp. ISBN: 0-451-126459.

    Condition: Very good (stamp to edge of textblock.)

    Book ID: 48231
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  • Brown, Claude.
    MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND.

    Edition: 4th printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - Although this autobiography of growing up poor and Black in Harlem is now a classic at the time it was written, when Brown was still a young writer, just barely out of Harlem, it was a revolutionary and enlightening book. His goal was to "talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes... to talk about the experience of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society." . 415 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with markings and reading wear, but in a dustjacket with tape repairs to the end of the spine of the dj, price-clipped, etc. Despite the flaws, a sturdy and good reading copy.

    Book ID: 37354
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  • AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden by Campbell, Mary Schmidt.
    Campbell, Mary Schmidt.
    AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, (2018) dj. Hardcover - A highly praised biography of this important Black artist. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. commented "Through her long association with Romare Bearden and his work, Mary Schmidt Campbell possesses a rare understanding of his life and artistry. In this beautifully written volume, she sensitively illuminates his biography and comprehensively traces the trajectory of his career. By brilliantly interweaving the political history of African Americans throughout the 20th century with the emergence of one our foremost artists, she has written a book that speaks to anyone who is interested in American history, art, and culture. Campbell writes that Bearden's legacy is his ability to create worlds; in this biography, she re-creates Bearden's…

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    New York: Oxford University Press, (2018) dj. Hardcover - A highly praised biography of this important Black artist. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. commented "Through her long association with Romare Bearden and his work, Mary Schmidt Campbell possesses a rare understanding of his life and artistry. In this beautifully written volume, she sensitively illuminates his biography and comprehensively traces the trajectory of his career. By brilliantly interweaving the political history of African Americans throughout the 20th century with the emergence of one our foremost artists, she has written a book that speaks to anyone who is interested in American history, art, and culture. Campbell writes that Bearden's legacy is his ability to create worlds; in this biography, she re-creates Bearden's world." Illustrated with photographs in both full color and black and white. Extensive notes, bibliography, index. xv, 443 pp. ISBN: 978-0195059090.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89038
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  • TREE OF LIFE, a Novel of the Caribbean by Conde, Maryse
    Conde, Maryse
    TREE OF LIFE, a Novel of the Caribbean

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (1992) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel of several generations of a family from Guadeloupe - ranging from Panama to Harlem, from upper class Paris to the slums of Haiti. Translated by Victoria Reiter. Glossary. 371 pp. ISBN: 0-345-360745.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (slight sunning to spine of dj, and vertical crease)

    Book ID: 86742
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  • Conde, Maryse
    TREE OF LIFE, a Novel of the Caribbean

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Ballantine, (1993.). Novel of several generations of a family from Guadeloupe - ranging from Panama to Harlem, from upper class Paris to the slums of Haiti. Translated by Victoria Reiter. Glossary. 371 pp. ISBN: 0-345-384695.

    Condition: Good overall (some wear to the covers).

    Book ID: 41083
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  • NEXUS NEW YORK: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis. by Cullen, Deborah, editor.
    Cullen, Deborah, editor.
    NEXUS NEW YORK: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York & New Haven: Museo del Barrio / Yale University Press, (2009). First edition - Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at El Museo del Barrio, New York, this is "an examination of the pioneering Caribbean and Latin American artists who resided in New York prior to WWII and shaped the American avant-garde. Between 1900 and 1942, New York City was the site of extraordinary creative exchange where artists could share ideas in a global context.. . [It] focuses on key artists from the Caribbean and Latin America , both celebrated and little-known figures of this period, including Carlos Enrquez, Alice Neel, Marius de Zayas, Francis Picabia, Joaqun Torres-Garcia, Jose Clemente Orozco, Matta, and Robert Motherwell.…

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    New York & New Haven: Museo del Barrio / Yale University Press, (2009). First edition - Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at El Museo del Barrio, New York, this is "an examination of the pioneering Caribbean and Latin American artists who resided in New York prior to WWII and shaped the American avant-garde. Between 1900 and 1942, New York City was the site of extraordinary creative exchange where artists could share ideas in a global context.. . [It] focuses on key artists from the Caribbean and Latin America , both celebrated and little-known figures of this period, including Carlos Enrquez, Alice Neel, Marius de Zayas, Francis Picabia, Joaqun Torres-Garcia, Jose Clemente Orozco, Matta, and Robert Motherwell. In addition to an introduction by Deborah Cullen, this includes several essays, among them "Art school as contact zone: Latin American artists and their teachers", by Katherine E. Manthorne; "Havana-New York: a missing link in the history of modern Cuban art", by Elvis Fuentes; "Torres-Garcia's New York: the city as icon of modern art", by Cecilia de Torres; "The allure of Harlem: correlations between Mexicanidad and the new Negro movements", by Deborah Cullen; "Seeing red: Mexican revolutionary artists in New York", by James Wechsler and more. A bilingual edition with the text in English and Spanish. Includes 123 color and 29 black and white illustrations. Somewhat oversized sguare format. 287 pp. ISBN: 978-0300158960.

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    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers with self-flaps (a new copy).

    Book ID: 78134
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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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  • 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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  • Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    A TOAST BEFORE DYING.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, 1998. First edition - Second mystery featuring Mali Anderson, and the second book written by Edwards under this name (her first was as Edwards-Yearwood.) An interesting portrayal of contemporary Harlem - and especially of the 3 B's - beauty shops, barbershops and bars - so important to the community.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 28808
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  • A TOAST BEFORE DYING. by Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    A TOAST BEFORE DYING.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - Second mystery featuring Mali Anderson, and the second book written by Edwards under this name (her first was as Edwards-Yearwood.) An interesting portrayal of contemporary Harlem - and especially of the 3 B's - beauty shops, barbershops and bars - so important to the community. ISBN: 0-385-485247.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dust jacket.

    Book ID: 23230
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  • THE VIADUCT: A Harlem Thriller. by Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    Edwards, Grace (Yearwood)
    THE VIADUCT: A Harlem Thriller.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Doubleday, (2004.). Hardcover first edition - Historical mystery set in Harlem in the 1970s - a story of the intersecting lives of two shattered men, one a Vietnam veteran and the other a man determined to avenge the death of his brother. 260 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 79346
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  • THE FALLING MAN by Forma, Warren
    Forma, Warren
    THE FALLING MAN

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crowell, 1973. dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual short novel - the story of Frank Cleary, an Irish policeman shot down in Harlem, who, as he is falling to the ground, relives not only his experiences in Harlem, but his roots in Ireland and the civil strife of the 20s. 99 pp,. ISBN: 0-690-000898.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (a bit of toning and rubbing to the dj.)

    Book ID: 8392
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  • Guy, Rosa.
    THE SUN, THE SEA, A TOUCH OF THE WIND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - Review copy with publisher's material laid in. New novel by this Trinidad-born, African American writer - set in Harlem and Haiti in the 70's - Louise Meriweather called this "a bold book, sexually explosive..". ISBN: 0-525-247807.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 3839
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  • THE SUN, THE SEA, A TOUCH OF WIND. by Guy, Rosa.
    Guy, Rosa.
    THE SUN, THE SEA, A TOUCH OF WIND.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Dutton, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - New novel by this Trinidad-born, African American writer - set in Harlem and Haiti in the 70's - Louise Meriweather called this "a bold book, sexually explosive.." 305 pp. ISBN: 0-525-247807.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bookplate.)

    Book ID: 38851
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  • Guy, Rosa.
    BIRD AT MY WINDOW.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966. dj. Hardcover first edition - An attractive copy of the uncommon first book by this writer who was born in Trinidad; set in Harlem, where she grew up, after her family moved there when she was seven years old. Dust jacket design by Robert Korn. 282 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (slight rubbing to dj, hint of fading to spine.)

    Book ID: 33685
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  • BIRD AT MY WINDOW. by Guy, Rosa.
    Guy, Rosa.
    BIRD AT MY WINDOW.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966. dj. Hardcover first edition - Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. A very attractive copy of the uncommon first book by this writer who was born in Trinidad; set in Harlem, where she grew up, after her family moved there when she was seven years old. Dust jacket design by Robert Korn. 282 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (slight rubbing, 1 cm closed tear.)

    Book ID: 33641
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  • Guy, Rosa.
    BIRD AT MY WINDOW.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    London: Allison & Busby, 1985. First novel by this Trinidad-born writer, a story of depression-era Harlem originally published in 1965.

    Condition: Very good.

    Book ID: 12740
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  • Guy, Rosa.
    THE SUN, THE SEA, A TOUCH OF WIND.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Dutton, 1995. dj. Hardcover first edition - New novel by this Trinidad-born, African American writer - set in Harlem and Haiti in the 70's - Louise Meriweather called this "a bold book, sexually explosive.." 305 pp. ISBN: 0-525-247807.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 2659
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  • THIS IS IT: A Novel of Juvenile Delinquency. by Hal Ellson; (cover art Ray Johnson)
    Hal Ellson; (cover art Ray Johnson)
    THIS IS IT: A Novel of Juvenile Delinquency.

    Edition: Paperback original - first printing.

    New York: Popular Library, (1956). First edition - "Shocking Story of Teen-Age Harlem Hoods. . Dusty was a vicious teen-ager who lived by the ruthless laws of Harlem's dead-end streets. He took girls by force & went mugging for a fast buck. His weapons were sheer guts, fists, switchblades & pistols." Popular Books # 776, cover price 25c, GGA cover art by Ray Johnson. 143 pp plus 1 pp publishers ad.

    Condition: Good only - usual rather severe toning to the pages, some rubbing and wear to covers, but straight uncreased spine.

    Book ID: 88852
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  • Harris, Ruth Bates.
    HARLEM PRINCESS: The Story of Harry Delany's Daughter.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Vantage Press Inc. (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a woman who was the daughter of a black numbers banker in Harlem in the 1920's, who became the highest ranking woman at NASA. Includes a tribute to the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen and a first hand account of the Freeman Field Incident where 101 black flying officers were arrested and charged with mutiny. She also tells of her son's struggle with AIDS and of her personal accomplishments and disappointments. Photographs. 346 pp with notes. ISBN: 0-533-088828.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bookstore stamp on front endpaper.) Uncommon.

    Book ID: 27382
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  • THE SWEET FLYPAPER OF LIFE. by Hughes, Langston and DeCarava, Roy.
    Hughes, Langston and DeCarava, Roy.
    THE SWEET FLYPAPER OF LIFE.

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

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. First edition - A picture of Harlem life in words (by Hughes) and photographs (by DeCarava), uncommon in all editions. A moving and beautiful book. 98 pp.

    Condition: Fair condition - usual rubbing and some toning to the covers, small slit across spine to front cover, not affecting the binding.

    Book ID: 88142
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  • Logan, Spencer.
    A NEGRO'S FAITH IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1946. dj. Hardcover first edition - In addition to discussion of the issues of "many Harlems', Negro leadership, etc. this book contains an interesting chapter on African Americans in the military, based on his own experiences. vi, 88 pp.

    Condition: Very good+ in a somewhat worn, but still good, dustjacket (prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 20986
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  • A NEGRO'S FAITH IN AMERICA. by Logan, Spencer.
    Logan, Spencer.
    A NEGRO'S FAITH IN AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1946. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - In addition to discussion of the issues of "many Harlems', Negro leadership, etc. this book contains an interesting chapter on African Americans in the military, based on his own experiences. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper. vi, 88 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in navy blue cloth with silver lettering in a good only dustjacket with a few small chips, some sunning and wear to the spine, rubbing to the folds, original price of 1.75 on dj flap.

    Book ID: 87979
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  • ZAMI: A New Spelling of My Name. by Lorde, Audre.
    Lorde, Audre.
    ZAMI: A New Spelling of My Name.

    Edition: First printing.

    Watertown, Massachusetts: Persephone Press, (1982). First edition - Called a biomythography, this is an exploration of the forces which shaped Lorde, for her days as a child in Harlem to her linkages with other women over the years. Uncommon true first edition. 256 pp. ISBN: 0-89594-1228.

    Condition: Very good+ in illustrated red wrappers (light creasing to lower corner of front cover, no spine creasing).

    Book ID: 88328
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  • THE MOUSE RAP. by Myers , Walter Dean.
    Myers , Walter Dean.
    THE MOUSE RAP.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1990) dj. SIGNED hardcover - Set in Harlem this novel for older children by an award winning author, blends "inner-city adventure with family and peer relationships. Diminutive Frederick, 14 and known as the Mouse, punctuates his tale of the search for hidden 1930s gangland treasure with rap verses and phrases." INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 1991. 186 pp. ISBN: 0-060243430.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (a couple of stray ink marks on front endpaper)

    Book ID: 83553
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