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21 Bishop, Jack, Introductory Essay By Coretta Scott King Ralph Ellison. Black Americans of Achievement
New York Chelsea House Publishers 1988 1555465854 / 9781555465858 Later Printing Illus. Glazed Bds. No Dj. 
SIGNED BY RALPH ELLISON. Bio of the important African American author Ralph Ellison. Illustrated with many b&w photos. Part of the Black Americans Of Achievement. Very scarce signed. Minor wave to the paper, and a tiny mended scrape to the spine, otherwise near fine. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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The Pasteboard Bandit , Bontemps, Arna & Hughes, Langston. Illustrations By Peggy Turley.
22 Bontemps, Arna & Hughes, Langston. Illustrations By Peggy Turley. The Pasteboard Bandit
New York Oxford University Press 1997 0195114760 / 9780195114768 1st Printing Oversize Boards & Cloth W. Dj. 
A never before published children's book that was originally written in 1935 about a friendship between two young boys, one American the other Mexican and their adventures with a toy, the pasteboard bandit. Illustrated with bright colorful full color paintings + many small b&w in text drawings. Fine/fine.  
Price: 30.00 USD
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American Negro Poetry, Bontemps, Arna,edited By
23 Bontemps, Arna,edited By American Negro Poetry
New York Hill and Wang 1966 Fifth Printing Cloth with Dustjacket 
Terrrific collection of poetry by African American writers including Paul Laurence Dunbar, Fenton Johnson, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Sterling Brown, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks and many others. LAID IN IS A SMALL HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BLUE INK ON BROWN PAPER FROM GWENDOLYN BROOKS IN WHICH SHE SAYS THAT HER AGENT WILL BE GETTING IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE A DATE WHICH I ASSUME IS FOR A READING. NOT DATED THE CARD IS SIGNED GWEN BROOKS. Former owner signature on the top of the front endsheet, sun fading to the spine panel and unobtrussive tear to the back panel of the dustjacket. Fine/vg+ Also included is a nice 54pg. catalog of rare African American literature offered by a leading bookdealer in modern editions. Vg. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings, Brashler, William
24 Brashler, William The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings
New York Harper & Row 1973 006010449x / 9780060104498 First Edition Boards & Cloth with Dustjacket 
Long inscription from the author to a bookdealer. In addition there is a postit note from the author also to the same book dealer. A novel about the great Negro League baseball teams set during the summer of 1939. Later made into a movie in 1976. Former owner's signature and date on top of front endsheet, a touch of very light wear to the dustjacket, otherwise a fine copy in a fine dustjacket. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Small Signed Photo of Lou Brock, Brock, Lou
25 Brock, Lou Small Signed Photo of Lou Brock
St. Louis Lou Brock 1985 Signed Photograph Small Paper 
SIGNED BY LOU BROCK. Nice small 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" portrait of Lou Brock when he was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Brock was a left fielder who played his career with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. He batted and threw left-handed. He is currently a special instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.In 1967, Brock became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season. In 1985, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fine. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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26 Brooks, Gwendolyn Handwritten and Signed Christmas Card
Chicago Gwendolyn Brooks 1965 Original Letter Paper 
Small folded handwritten Christmas card that the Pulitzer Prize winning African American poet Gwendolyn Brooks sent to another poet Roy L. Hill. In the card Brooks talks about how much she enjoyed Hill's book. In its original mailing envelope. Fine. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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27 Brown, Milton W. Jacob Lawrence
New York Whitney Museum Of American Art 1974 First Paper Edition Paper 
68pg. exhibition catalog for a major retrospective of the fine African American painter Jacob Lawrence. Includes essay + 34 repros. of his work including 6 in color + chron. & biblio. Portrait of the artist on the back cover. Fine. Laid in is a large color postcard and press release for a recent exhibit of his. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Jacob Lawrence, Brown, Milton W.
28 Brown, Milton W. Jacob Lawrence
New York Whitney Museum Of American Art 1974 First Paper Edition Paper 
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY JACOB LAWRENCE IN 1994. 68pg. exhibition catalog for a major retrospective of the fine African American painter Jacob Lawrence. Includes essay + 34 repros. of his work including 6 in color + chron. & biblio. Portrait of the artist on the back cover. Very minute wear to the covers. Near fine. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Diahann Carroll Inscribed and Signed Photograph, Carroll, Diahann
29 Carroll, Diahann Diahann Carroll Inscribed and Signed Photograph
Signed Photograph Photograph 
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY DIAHANN CARROLL. Nice portrait of the singer actress who won a Tony for No Strings, and was also Oscar and Emmy nominated. The portrait appears to be from the late sixties. Fine. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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X, Coe, Sue
30 Coe, Sue X
New York New Press Editions 1992 1565840321 / 9781565840324 1st New Press Edition Illus. Bds. w/o Dj. As Issued 
Strong full color graphic work on the stormy life of Malcolm X and the times he lived in by one of our great political artists working today. A beautiful work. Fine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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31 Condon, Bill Dreamgirls screenplay and Souvenir Program
Hollywood Dreamworks 2006 First Edition Small Paper 
The screenplay for the big time Hollywood musical that is loosly based on the Supremes. Includes the lyrics for the songs. This edition was specially printed by Dreamworks/Warner Bros. to be sent to members of Academy for Oscar consideration. The back cover lists all the awards that the film wanted to be considered for, guess it didn't work as the film was shut out of the Best Picture category. Fine. Also included is the scarce 52pg. large full color souvernir program for the film. Illustrated with many nice color stills and production candids + bio material on the stars and the creative team. Very soft and faint corner fold to the program. Near fine. Sold as a collection only. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Green Pastures Souvenir Programs, Connelly, Marc
32 Connelly, Marc The Green Pastures Souvenir Programs
New York Laurence Rivers 1930 Programs Large Paper 
Two large souvenir programs from the Pulitzer Prize Play that Connelly based on a volume of Southern sketches called. "Ole Man Adam an' His Chilun." The programs include the rare original 32 pg. program from the 1930 production that was a big hit running for 640 performances. Unfortunately the program is lacking the I'm sure beautiful covers, and the title pg. of the program has a long corner piece missing that cuts into the text on the verso. The back pg. has chipping along the bottom edge and the edges and there are a few small margin chips to several pgs., but otherwise the rest of the book is vg. Illustrated with many nice photos from the play, which are printed in sepia. The 2nd program is 20pgs. and is from the 1935 production that ran for 71 performances. This program is printed with very nice covers in green and purple with nice Art Deco design which has a smalll faint touch of sun fading to the back. Also nice 1st pg. This production as well as the 1930 production starred Richard B. Harrison who made his Broadway debut at 66 with The Green Pastures, and died shortly after the 1935 production. Also nicely illustrated. Also included are 7 original vintage 8" x 10" publicity stills that feature artwork interpretations from the film version of the play that I assume were for publicity in newspapers + 1 original scene still. All the stills are sepia in tone from aging and one still has a tiny tear to the top white margin otherwise they are vg. and quite scarce. And finally we include a fine 1st edition paper copy of the screenplay that was published in 1979 by The University Of Wisconsin Press. Sold as a collection only. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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33 Conwill, Kinshasha Holman, Introduction By Memory and Metaphor. The Art of Romare Bearden.
New York City The Studio Museum in Harlem/oxford University Press 1991 0195063481 / 9780195063486 First Printing Paper 
Beautiful catalog of the great aritsts work including many b&w repros along with many color repros + text, biblio. Small corner crease to the back corner of the cover, otherwise the book is fine and appears to be unread. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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34 Cooper, J. California with a Foreword By Alice Walker A Piece Of Mine
CA. Wild Trees Press 1984 0931125006 / 9780931125003 2nd Printing Paper 
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY ALICE WALKER WHO WROTE THE FOREWORD HAS SIGNED ON THE TITLE PG. First collection of 12 short stories by an African American writer most known for her plays. There is a faint about 1" small damp stain to the bottom of the front edge which has caused a very thin sliver stain to the edge of the title pg. Walker's signature is untouched. Although the stain more or less disappears from the rest of the book there is faint rippling to the very bottom of the book. About vg 
Price: 75.00 USD
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All About Amos 'n' Andy And  Their Creators , Correll & Gosden
35 Correll & Gosden All About Amos 'n' Andy And Their Creators
Rand McNally & Co. NY. 1930. 2nd ed. sm. cl.w.dj. 
Popular radio stars of the 20's & 30's tell their stories. Also radio scripts, interviews & 31 photos. Needless to say that the book like its subject matter is outrageously racist but historically important. Decorated endsheets & pastedowns. The rarely seen "beautiful" Art Deco dj. is illus. with artwork portraits of the characters in brown & orange. The dj. has minute chipp. to edges, sm. piece missing from the tip & top of sp. Fine/vg+  
Price: 125.00 USD
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36 Cosby, Bill Childhood
New York G.P. Putnam & Sons. 1991 0399136479 / 9780399136474 1st Printing Boards & Cloth with Dustjacket 
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY BILL COSBY. The popular t.v. comedian on his childhood. No photos. Fine/fine 
Price: 50.00 USD
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New Black Playwrights, Couch, William Jr., Edited & with an Intro. By
37 Couch, William Jr., Edited & with an Intro. By New Black Playwrights
New York Bard Books/Avon 1970 1st Paperback Edition Paperback 
Includes plays by Douglas Turner Ward, William Wellington Mackey, Adrienne Kennedy, Ed Bullins & a play by Paul Carter Harrison which was not in the hardcover edition & is published here for the first time. Small scrape to the cover & minute cover wear + light browning to pg. edges. Vg. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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38 Crimp, Douglas & Rolston Adam Aidsdemographics
Bay Press. Seattle. 1990. 1st printing. Large paper 094192016X / 9780941920162 Paper 
Strong book of graphics, documentation photos & text on the early years of Aids activism. The book itself is well designed & illus. w. many in your face examples of posters designed by Act-Up among many others. Very minute cover wear. Vg+ Also laid in is a nice foldover brochure for an exhibition "Why We Fight" Remembering AIDS activism that was held at the New Yor Public Library in 2014 and a small handbill for an exhibition "1969 The Year Of Gay Liberation" that was held at the New York Public Library in 2009. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Black Gold Pressbook, Criner, Lawrence
39 Criner, Lawrence Black Gold Pressbook
Florida Norman Studios 1928 Pressbook Oversize Paper 
A rare beautiful 14" x 22" original 4pg. pressbook for a forgotten "all colored cast" silent film. The movie was " A thrilling epic of the oil fields" that starred Lawrence Criner, Kathryn Boyd & Steve "Peg" Reynolds a one-legged actor all of whom had appeared in the earlier 1926 Norman film "The Flying Ace." Based on the true story of John Crisp and his fight to secure oil despite the efforts of a crooked drilling contractor, the movie was filmed in the "all colored city" of Tatums Oklahoma and used many of the residents as extras. The pressbook features a nice yellow colored front cover that is a repro. of the window card. Inside is illustrated with blue tinted photos and advertising iteams. The back cover is text and includes press stories and other advertising ideas. Two old tape mends to the back cover, but this rare item is in fine bright condition. Folded. Fine. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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40 Cummings, Terance Too Hot To Cool Down
New York Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1996 1556705107 / 9781556705106 1st Printing Oversize Illus. Bds. W. Dj. 
Wondeful book of 32 jazz & blues lyrics with a sexual leaning, that have been beautifully illustrated by Cummings, a very talented African-American illustrator. Drawn in a bold deco like style, the illustrations are done in 5 colors & special gold ink on heavy stock paper. One of the nicest illustrated books I've seen in quite a while. Fine/fine.  
Price: 50.00 USD
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