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BABY OF THE FAMILY. Tina McElroy Ansa. BABY OF THE FAMILY.
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1989). First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Review copy with publisher's information and photo laid in. Top page edges slightly darkened near spine, otherwise fine in dust jacket.

[Book #21850]       Price: $50.00
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CALYPSO SONG BOOK. William Attaway, Lyle Kenyon Engel, William Charmatz, illustrator. CALYPSO SONG BOOK.
New York: McGraw-Hill, (1957). First edition. The authentic folk music of the Caribbean. Music and lyrics to 25 songs with an introductory text by Attaway. Edited and compiled by Engel, with illustrations by Charmatz. Near fine in like dust jacket toned at spine and with a few tiny edge nicks.

[Book #16124]       Price: $50.00
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THE PASTOR'S VOICE: A Collection of Poems. Walter Henderson Brooks, preface Carter G. Woodson. THE PASTOR'S VOICE: A Collection of Poems.
Washington, D.C. The Associated Publishers, Inc. (1945). First edition. Preface by Carter G. Woodson, founder, in 1920, of Associated Publishers, the oldest African-American publishing company in the United States. Illustrated with photographs of Brooks throughout the ages, beginning at age 15 in 1866, just one year out of slavery. Brooks served as pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in D.C. for over sixty years. Small dent and faint red mark on spine, otherwise very good to near fine in bright, James Amos Porter-illustrated dust jacket with matching red mark on spine, light damp staining visible on verso, few chips and a few closed tears. Porter is considered a pioneer in the field of African-American art history. He was the first scholar to provide a systematic, critical analysis of African-American artists and their works of art. Washington, D.C. Pastor.

[Book #23974]       Price: $450.00
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THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes. Rita Dove. THE DARKER FACE OF THE EARTH: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes.
(Brownsville): Story Line Press, 1994. First edition. Letter "K" of 26 copies SIGNED BY DOVE, the former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet AND BY THE ILLUSTRATOR, Mark Woolley. There was also an edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Dove only. "Poet Laureate Dove has done an amazing thing. She has written a classical tragedy, in blank verse, based on the story of Oedipus, but set on a plantation in antebellum South Carolina...Dove's verse is stark and stirring (Booklist review). Quarter plum cloth over black cloth boards stamped in silver on front and spine. Fine without dust jacket, as issued.

[Book #52923]       Price: $400.00
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MUSEUM: Poems. Rita Dove. MUSEUM: Poems.
Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983. First edition, scarce hard cover issue. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #52954]       Price: $250.00
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THE YELLOW HOUSE ON THE CORNER: Poems. Rita Dove. THE YELLOW HOUSE ON THE CORNER: Poems.
Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1980. First edition, paperback issue. The copyright page notes a hardcover issue, which must have been quite small. INSCRIBED on the half-title page, "For--/Best wishes--/ Rita Dove/ 10 Feb 98." Fine.

[Book #52955]       Price: $150.00
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THE UNCALLED: A Novel. Paul Laurence Dunbar. THE UNCALLED: A Novel.
New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1901. Second printing, the first was in 1898. His first novel, curiously, about whites. Grayish-tan cover with decorations and lettering in pale blue outlined in black. Very nice, clean copy with only a few specks of foxing and the barest wear on corners.

[Book #40598]       Price: $125.00
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BORN TO BE. Taylor Gordon, Muriel Draper, Carl Van Vechten. BORN TO BE.
Covarrubias. New York: Covici Freide, 1929. First edition. Second issue with dedication tipped in. Introduction by Draper and foreword by Van Vechten, white patrons of the Harlem Renaissance. 10 full-page illustrations by Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias. "Gordon, who has taken America and Europe by storm with his interpretation of Negro spirituals tells his life story." (from the jacket). "BORN TO BE was a remarkable achievement, as Gordon details his rugged upbringing in Montana, recounts many amourous adventures on both sides of the color line, offers blunt commentaries on racial politics, and drops names in copious quantities" (Davis and Foley, HARLEM RENAISSANCE LIVES). Very good to near fine in good, aged dust jacket with darkening to spine and edges, two large chips not affecting any lettering, and splits at folds internally mended with archival tape. Quite scarce.

[Book #54675]       Price: $400.00
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BIRD AT MY WINDOW: A Novel. Rosa Guy. BIRD AT MY WINDOW: A Novel.
(London): Souvenir Press, (1966). First British edition of her first book. Two small pin holes in spine and top of a few pages cut wrong in production, otherwise very good to fine in dust jacket with minor edge wear and two pin holes (matching those in the book).

[Book #20765]       Price: $50.00
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FOUR NEGRO POETS: In "The Pamphlet Poet" Series. Langston Hughes, Coutee Cullen, Jean Toomer, Claude McKay. FOUR NEGRO POETS: In "The Pamphlet Poet" Series.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1927). First edition. Selections from each poet's previous works; introduction by Alain Locke, "Dean" of the Harlem Renaissance. Stapled selfwraps with cover serving as title page; 31 pages. Address on rear cover and one tiny tear, otherwise fine. Quite scarce.

[Book #54916]       Price: $200.00
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THE FIRST BOOK OF RHYTHMS. Langston Hughes. THE FIRST BOOK OF RHYTHMS.
London: Edmund Ward, (1964). First edition by this publisher. Originally published by Franklin Watts in the U.S. in 1954 and by Bailey & Swinfen in London in 1956. It appears that Edmund Ward took this series over from Bailey & Swinfen in the early 60s and reissued their back catalog. Spine ends lightly bumped otherwise fine in about very good, price-clipped dust jacket with rubbed creasing a few light stains.

[Book #54862]       Price: $60.00
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SIMPLE SPEAKS HIS MIND. Langston Hughes. SIMPLE SPEAKS HIS MIND.
(New York): Simon & Schuster, (1950). First edition. Green cloth boards with black and gilt lettering, top edge stained black. Good to very good with spotting to rear board and gutters, lower edges shelfworn, and small light stain to fore edge front fly leaf. In somewhat darkened and soiled dust jacket with chipping to spine ends affecting edges of publisher's name.

[Book #52624]       Price: $60.00
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BLACK MANHATTAN. James Weldon Johnson. BLACK MANHATTAN.
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1930. First edition. His story of the Negro in New York. Covers are very good but spine faded. Still, a tight, square copy with good top stain. Lacking dust jacket, but in a new FACSIMILE jacket.

[Book #48161]       Price: $125.00
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RIVER GEORGE. George W. Lee. RIVER GEORGE.
New York: The Macaulay Company, (1937). First edition. A novel about a young African American World War I military officer who finds little but hard times upon return to his native land and is finally lynched. Lee was a leading Republican and African American businessman who promoted a self-help, black-pride philosophy and encouraged new African American businesses through his involvement in local banks and insurance companies. Near fine with bright yellow cloth cover showing light soiling and rubbing. In a very good or better dust jacket that has some soiled spots on the spine, one closed tear to the top of the front panel and shallow chipping to the top of the spine.

[Book #51522]       Price: $300.00
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PRAISESONG FOR THE WIDOW. Paule Marshall. PRAISESONG FOR THE WIDOW.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1983). First edition. INSCRIBED by the author to Doris Grumbach's partner "For Sybil Pike Paule Marshall Feb. '83". Photograph of the author and publicity letter laid in. Fine in dust jacket with two short closed tears.

[Book #30580]       Price: $100.00
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REENE: And Other Stories. Paule Marshall. REENE: And Other Stories.
Old Westbury: The Feminist Press, (1983). First edition. Briefly INSCRIBED by author on title page. Also includes a handwritten postcard from the author. In addition to the short stories, this volume includes "Merle," a novella. Pictorial paperwraps with minor wear on edges, still very good to fine. No hardback edition.

[Book #42060]       Price: $100.00
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MAMA. Terry McMillan. MAMA.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1987. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Fine in dust jacket with minimal edgewear but yellow faded to white on spine, although red lettering still good.

[Book #30708]       Price: $125.00
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SWEET MAN. Gilmore Millen. SWEET MAN.
New York: Viking Press, 1930. First edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. SIGNED and INSCRIBED on front free endpaper, "Inscribed for my friend George Woodruff with sincere personal regards/ Gilmore Millen/ Los Angeles June 11, 1930." A novel of John Henry, set in Memphis on Beale Street in the 1920s. Gilmore, a newspaperman, described Beale as a street of business and love and murder and theft. An aisle where merchants and pawnbrokers, country Negroes from plantations, créole prostitutes and painted fag men, sleepy gamblers and slick young chauffeurs, crooks and bootleggers and dope peddlers and rich property owners and powdered women and labor agents and blind musicians and confidence men and hard-working Negroes from sawmills and cotton warehouses and factories and stores meet and stand on corners and slip upstairs to gambling joints and rooming hotels and barber shops and bawdy houses. Spine very slightly faded, wear to bottom edges of boards and some additional writing (above and below Millen's inscription), otherwise very good or better lacking dust jacket.

[Book #42578]       Price: $150.00
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BELOVED. Toni Morrison. BELOVED.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. First edition. Pulitzer Prize winner. Uncorrected proof with no tentative publication date noted. Spine sunned, front cover and first several pages rumpled (appears to have served as a drink coaster for a short while), otherwise very good in blue, printed paperwraps.

[Book #49122]       Price: $100.00
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SULA. Toni Morrison. SULA.
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1974. First edition. The Nobel Prize-winning author's second book. Spine ends a little tender, otherwise a crisp, fine copy in in dust jacket with only a touch of minor shelf wear.

[Book #49301]       Price: $850.00
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LINDEN HILLS. Gloria Naylor. LINDEN HILLS.
New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1985. First edition. INSCRIBED on front endpaper "To Doris [Grumbach] | A sister in | the arts | Gloria Naylor". Fine in dust jacket with touch of edge wear to top edge of spine and two closed tears on rear panel edge.

[Book #30704]       Price: $100.00
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THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE. Gloria Naylor. THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE.
London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1983). First UK edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Tiny nick in rear spine gutter, otherwise fine in dust jacket with tiny closed tear to front spine fold, and short split in front flap with tiny nick at top.

[Book #15869]       Price: $75.00
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THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE. Gloria Naylor. THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE.
New York: Viking Press, (1982). First edition of the author's first book. Adapted into a 1989 TV movie with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Paul Winfield, and Cicely Tyson. Made into a play that we attended -- it translated to the stage very well. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #45666]       Price: $250.00
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THE WIND DONE GONE. Alice Randall. THE WIND DONE GONE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 2001. First edition. SIGNED with a quote by the author on the title page. The unauthorized parody of that famous novel of the South. Fine in dust jacket.

[Book #48765]       Price: $60.00
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STRANGER AND ALONE. J. Saunders Redding. STRANGER AND ALONE.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co. (1950). First edition. The front of the dust jacket proclaims this black author's only novel as "the story of a man who betrayed his own people." Covers and page edges slightly foxed, otherwise fine in a bright dust jacket with subtle foxing to rear panel and two closed tears in upper front panel (barely visible).

[Book #23706]       Price: $50.00
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