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  • BLACK BORDERS. by Barboza, Anthony, with poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
    Barboza, Anthony, with poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza
    BLACK BORDERS.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    New York: By the author, (1980). SIGNED first edition - A book which was the culmination of a series of photographs Barboza created between 1975-1980, with the publication of this funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The title refers both the black border around each photograph, which gives a unity to the book, and to the fact that most, although not all, portraits are of African Americans, of writers, artists and musicians working on the edge (or on the border) "What sets these photographs apart, and gives them their durable vitality, is their innovative use of lighting and backgrounds. . Barboza turns the dark distorted forms into expressive echoes of the sitters. Underneath setups…

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    New York: By the author, (1980). SIGNED first edition - A book which was the culmination of a series of photographs Barboza created between 1975-1980, with the publication of this funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The title refers both the black border around each photograph, which gives a unity to the book, and to the fact that most, although not all, portraits are of African Americans, of writers, artists and musicians working on the edge (or on the border) "What sets these photographs apart, and gives them their durable vitality, is their innovative use of lighting and backgrounds. . Barboza turns the dark distorted forms into expressive echoes of the sitters. Underneath setups create shadows that loom above and behind Normal Lewis and the World Saxophone Quartet, while side arrangements turn the shadows into repetitions and echoes, doubling Amiri Baraka, and James Baldwin. Barboza then went on to add a bit of blur to some of the portraits, creating the appearance of back and forth motion or elusive ghosting to Ntozake Shange and Pharoah Sanders. The backdrops that he created and employed were equally unorthodox. Rolls of hanging paper were cut, slashed, and sliced, creating abstract patters of squiggles, lines, and openings, and then overpainted with expressive dashes and arcs of silvery spray paint. . So James Van Der Zee is surrounded by a whorling swirl of shining light, Toukie Smith shares the stage with snake-like back-and-forth forms." (Loring Knoblauch, Collectordaily) . Includes poetry by Ntozake Shange and Steven Barboza and brief handwritten captions under each portrait. SIGNED on the title page by Barboza and numbered AB/72, dated 1981. Square format, unpaginated (32 pp)

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    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers. Quite scarce now.

    Book ID: 88626
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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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  • NEGRO LIBERATION by Haywood, Harry (1898-1985)
    Haywood, Harry (1898-1985)
    NEGRO LIBERATION

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: International Publishers, Inc. (1948) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The son of slaves, Haywood became a leading member of the Communist Party USA and a pioneering theoretician on the Afro-American struggle, who wrote first-hand accounts of the Chicago race riot of 1919, the Scottsboro Boys' defense, the Spanish Civil War and more. This book has been described as the first comprehensive volume on the Negro question in the US by a leading Negro Marxist, one in which he argued the root of the oppression of Blacks was the unsolved agrarian question in the South - that the betrayal of Reconstruction by Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 and the rise of white supremacy and Jim Crow laws left…

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    New York: International Publishers, Inc. (1948) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The son of slaves, Haywood became a leading member of the Communist Party USA and a pioneering theoretician on the Afro-American struggle, who wrote first-hand accounts of the Chicago race riot of 1919, the Scottsboro Boys' defense, the Spanish Civil War and more. This book has been described as the first comprehensive volume on the Negro question in the US by a leading Negro Marxist, one in which he argued the root of the oppression of Blacks was the unsolved agrarian question in the South - that the betrayal of Reconstruction by Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 and the rise of white supremacy and Jim Crow laws left Blacks frozen as "landless, semi-slaves in the South." INSCRIBED by Haywood on the front endpaper and dated in the year of publication. Map frontispiece Reference notes, appendix, index. 245 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in blue cloth (short tear at top of spine, some dustiness to top edge textblock) in a near very good dust jacket, with some overall edgewear, discoloration to verso of dj spine. An important work, which is scarce in the hardcover first edition, and rare signed or inscribed.

    Book ID: 89068
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  • UMBRA ANTHOLOGY 1967-1968. by Henderson, David, editor.
    Henderson, David, editor.
    UMBRA ANTHOLOGY 1967-1968.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Umbra, 1968. First edition - A very scarce copy of an anthology/literary journal which grew out of the Umbra Poets Workshop which ran from Manhattan's Lower East Side in New York City between 1962-1965. ÊConsidered "the first post-civil rights Black literary group, they sought to establish a voice distinct from the prevailing institutions of the 60s. . .According to the group, they had two definite goals: one, to share the experience of being Black in America; and two, to share the human quality of social awareness. Besides this, the ethos of their magazine had a particular bent to it, specifically towards the innovation, politics and race. The forward of the first issue, which is simply signed by…

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    New York: Umbra, 1968. First edition - A very scarce copy of an anthology/literary journal which grew out of the Umbra Poets Workshop which ran from Manhattan's Lower East Side in New York City between 1962-1965. ÊConsidered "the first post-civil rights Black literary group, they sought to establish a voice distinct from the prevailing institutions of the 60s. . .According to the group, they had two definite goals: one, to share the experience of being Black in America; and two, to share the human quality of social awareness. Besides this, the ethos of their magazine had a particular bent to it, specifically towards the innovation, politics and race. The forward of the first issue, which is simply signed by 'The Editors (Calvin Hernton, David Henderson and Tom Dent),' Êstates that 'UMBRA is not another haphazard Ôlittle literaryÕ publication.' They believed that 'there [were] unpublished and infrequently published ethnic writers whose works are excellent, important and often far superior to those adopted few with which the standard press habitually and expediently affronts the public.' . . They wanted writers who were 'too hard on society'." (https://globalpoetics.org/society-of-umbra/) ÊThey were also credited with being a forerunner of the Black Arts movement. ÊWhile Umbra was itself an offshoot of the 1960 ÊBlack nationalist literary organization, On Guard for Freedom, founded ÊCalvin Hicks, Êmembers of this group went on to create and/or participate in many journals, among them Nkombo, Black River Journal, Callaloo, Yardbird, YÕbird, Quilt, Ear And Main St.ÊThis anthology, which could be considered the third issue of Umbra, was edited by David Henderson, and it contains contributions -including poetry, prose, photographs and art - Êfrom Sun Ra, LeRoi Jones, Langston Hughes, Calvin Hernton, Oscar Brown Jr, photographer Bob Fletcher, Henry Dumas, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Alice Walker (preceding her first novel), Bob Kaufman, Allen Ginsberg, Yusuf Rahman and many more. 66 pp, plus a review of an art exhibit and 3 pp of notes on contributors.Ê

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    Condition: Very good in stapled illustrated wrappers (toning to both pages and covers, a rather fragile production)

    Book ID: 88651
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  • FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA . by Holland, Endesha Ida Mae (1944-2006)
    Holland, Endesha Ida Mae (1944-2006)
    FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA .

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a woman born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in the 1940s, and who "came of age as the civil rights movement was changing the lives of black Mississippians. Dirt poor, she dropped out of high school and became a prostitute when she was barely into her teens. By the time she was 18 years old, Holland had served two terms in the county workhouse for theft and for assault. A chance encounter led her to become involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and she became an activist and organizer, taking a new path that eventually led her to…

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    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1997) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a woman born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in the 1940s, and who "came of age as the civil rights movement was changing the lives of black Mississippians. Dirt poor, she dropped out of high school and became a prostitute when she was barely into her teens. By the time she was 18 years old, Holland had served two terms in the county workhouse for theft and for assault. A chance encounter led her to become involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and she became an activist and organizer, taking a new path that eventually led her to the University of Minnesota, where she earned a doctorate and became a college professor. . . a gritty, inspiring memoir." An award winning playwright, Brown's play "From the Mississippi Delta" was nominated for the 1988 Pulitzer. An interesting association copy INSCRIBED on the title page to Hermione K. Brown, a pioneering woman attorney who worked in entertainment law for more than 50 years. Dated in the year of publication. Laid in is a sheet from the dean of the USC School of Theater announcing that this book was a gift in "celebration of the season and recognition of one of our faculty." Illustrated with photographs. 318 pp. ISBN: 0-684810115.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new) Scarce signed and especially so in this condition.

    Book ID: 88980
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  • ZAMI: A New Spelling of My Name. by Lorde, Audre (1934-1992)
    Lorde, Audre (1934-1992)
    ZAMI: A New Spelling of My Name.

    Edition: First printing.

    Watertown, Massachusetts: Persephone Press, (1982). SIGNED 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. The uncommon true first edition,, SIGNED on the title page, and scarce thus. 256 pp. ISBN: 0-89594-1228.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated red wrappers, just a bit of soiling to the lower corner of the text block, no creases, fading or other wear to the book - the best copy of this book which we have seen.

    Book ID: 88369
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  • EBONY DUST. by moore, bai t. (Bai Tamia Johnson Moore 1916-1988)
    moore, bai t. (Bai Tamia Johnson Moore 1916-1988)
    EBONY DUST.

    Edition: First or early printing.

    [Monrovia, Liberia]: By the author? [1962]. SIGNED first edition - The first poetry collection by this noted Liberian author. Introduction by Rosina Robinson who comments that "Bai is one of the few African writers who is exploiting the great reservoir of native African folklore to create a new poetic form. . [He] has succeeded in capturing the rhythm and beat of Gola songs and translated them into poetry." Divided in to 3 sections - African Scenes, American Scenes (where Moore was educated and traveled extensively) and Various Scenes, which arose from his other travels. A unique copy INSCRIBED by Moore on the title page and dated at Indiana University in 1972. Footnotes, illustrated with drawings. Reprinted many times, this…

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    [Monrovia, Liberia]: By the author? [1962]. SIGNED first edition - The first poetry collection by this noted Liberian author. Introduction by Rosina Robinson who comments that "Bai is one of the few African writers who is exploiting the great reservoir of native African folklore to create a new poetic form. . [He] has succeeded in capturing the rhythm and beat of Gola songs and translated them into poetry." Divided in to 3 sections - African Scenes, American Scenes (where Moore was educated and traveled extensively) and Various Scenes, which arose from his other travels. A unique copy INSCRIBED by Moore on the title page and dated at Indiana University in 1972. Footnotes, illustrated with drawings. Reprinted many times, this is quite scarce in any edition - but especially so in a first or very early printing like this copy, with no date or other publication information. 111 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated, stapled black wrappers.

    Book ID: 89538
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  • STOMPING THE BLUES. by Murray, Albert (1916-2013)
    Murray, Albert (1916-2013)
    STOMPING THE BLUES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, (1976) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Produced and art directed by Harris Levine. A book which, as it examines the work of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Charlie Parker, Jo Jones, Lester Young, Duke Ellington and others, also redefines the role and importance of blues in American music - "it's function has been the exorcism of despair. It is, above all, music to be danced to." Illustrated with many photographs. INSCRIBED on the half title page "For the Coffee House and more riff-style lunches." Index, somewhat oversized, Errata slip laid in. 264 pp.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87961
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  • A STAR FOR NOON: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry, and Music. by Parks, Gordon (1912-2006)
    Parks, Gordon (1912-2006)
    A STAR FOR NOON: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry, and Music.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & Boston: Bulfinch Press Book/Little, Brown and Company, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A unique copy of this beautiful book, one published to co-incide with the HBO documentary on his life and work, one in which Parks (at age 87) "turns his skills as a photographer, poet, and composer to the universally appealing theme of love.[It] combines exquisite female nudes with still lifes, poetry, and original music. The female nudes are both sensuous and reverential: the rich colors are complimented by the still lifes of flowers and mysterious abstracts. The eighteen previously unpublished poems trace the arc of love- from infatuation through loss and, finally, fulfillment." This copy is INSCRIBED by Parks on the half…

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    New York & Boston: Bulfinch Press Book/Little, Brown and Company, (2000) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A unique copy of this beautiful book, one published to co-incide with the HBO documentary on his life and work, one in which Parks (at age 87) "turns his skills as a photographer, poet, and composer to the universally appealing theme of love.[It] combines exquisite female nudes with still lifes, poetry, and original music. The female nudes are both sensuous and reverential: the rich colors are complimented by the still lifes of flowers and mysterious abstracts. The eighteen previously unpublished poems trace the arc of love- from infatuation through loss and, finally, fulfillment." This copy is INSCRIBED by Parks on the half title page and dated in 2002. In addition, tipped onto this page are two small snapshots, one of Stephanie Parker (one of the models in this book), with Parks, and the other of Parks, Stephanie Parker, award-winning producer Lucia Kaiser and former NYC Mayor, David Dinkins, both with short hand-written notes on verso by Stephanie Parker. A CD of 'A Star for Noon Suite' written by Gordon Parks, and with him on the piano, is affixed to the rear pastedown. Large square format. Blue cloth boards and spine with pictorial endpapers. 108 pp 4to. ISBN: 0-821226851.

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    Condition: Fine in black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89030
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