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Baby Sweet's, Andrews, Raymond
1 Andrews, Raymond Baby Sweet's
New York The Dial Press (c.1983) 0-385-27426-2 / 9780385274265 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by Benny Andrews 
[nice copy, remainder spray (very light) on bottom edge, spine a bit turned, lower rear corner bumped, otherwise just minimal wear, previous seller's price in red grease pencil on ffep (grrrr); jacket a bit soiled, minor edgewear, a couple of small tears at top of rear panel, light browning at edges]. Final novel in the author's "Muskhogean County" trilogy, about African-American life in a small Georgia town, preceded by "Appalachee Red" (1978) and "Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee" (1980). We first met this book's title character in the first installment, as the put-upon wife of Red; this novel deals with her life after "The Day" in 1963 when she lost Red forever. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Gorilla, My Love, Bambara, Toni Cade
2 Bambara, Toni Cade Gorilla, My Love
London The Women's Press Ltd. 1986 (c.1984) 0-7043-3927-7 / 9780704339279 2nd printing Softcover Fine Illustrated by (cover) Laura Knight 
[nice clean as-new copy, no discernible wear]. Trade PB "From small-town Carolina to uptown New York, Sister Sugar on sex to young Hazel on survival in Harlem, these sixteen stories by one of the most brilliant of a galaxy of new black American writers explode with energy and wit." 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Identity [*SIGNED*], Barnes, Samuel
3 Barnes, Samuel Identity [*SIGNED*]
Bakersfield CA Best Western Press (c.1981) 0-941192-00-8 / 9780941192002 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj 
[light shelfwear, bottom front corner bumped, light spotting on top edge; jacket shows a little edge and surface wear, a couple of tiny closed tears, triangular pull-tear (closed) in rear panel]. SIGNED by the author on the ffep. "An unusual, gripping novel written in a realistic style. It begins with a flashback to tribal Africa from the protagonist's childhood on a plantation in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The novel's central conflict stems from the unorthodox rules of the tribe's witch doctors, charmers, and elders. The story also reveals how a highly cultured society crumbled." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Lou in the Limelight, Hunter, Kristin
4 Hunter, Kristin Lou in the Limelight
New York Charles Scribner's Sons (c.1981) 0-684-16880-4 / 9780684168807 First Edition Hardcover Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Jerry McDaniel 
[ex-library book w/minimal markings (pocket on ffep, bookplate on front pastedown, stamped on title page) but noticeable shelfwear, pieces of tape at top and bottom of both covers; jacket is still fairly attractive--no tears or chips, but quite a bit of surface- scratching]. The book is a sequel to the author's 1968 novel "The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou," and follows that book's characters as they leave home to make their mark in the world of popular music. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Jonah's Gourd Vine, Hurston, Zora Neale
5 Hurston, Zora Neale Jonah's Gourd Vine
Philadelphia/London J.B. Lippincott Company 1934 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [a solid clean copy, firmly bound, with light fading to cloth at spine and around edges of both covers, minor browning/soiling to page edges, gift inscription on ffep and one-time owner's name in ink at bottom of rear pastedown; jacket is edgeworn, moderately soiled, missing pieces at both ends of the spine (including loss of most of "Jonah's" at top), old internal tape repair/reinforcements at some of the folds, and the ffep gift inscription has offset onto the front jacket flap -- but the front panel is substantially intact and still quite attractive]. The author's first novel and first published book, "the life story of a big, lovable Georgian negro," preacher and carpenter John Pearson, and his wife, "little black-eyed Lucy Potts" -- basically thinly fictionalized portrayals of Hurston's own parents. Hurston was well-established as a short-story writer and folklorist, and her first book was widely anticipated -- as evidenced by the publisher's ability to recruit jacket blurbs from Carl Van Vechten and Fannie Hurst, the latter also supplying the book's introduction. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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The Pecking Order, Kennedy, Mark
6 Kennedy, Mark The Pecking Order
New York Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. (c.1953) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) H.A. Peace 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge and top of spine, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket a little edge- and surface-worn, very slight paper loss at a couple of corners, light rubbing/fading to spine, very slight paper loss at spine ends, tiny hole near top of rear hinge]. African-American author's first (and apparently only) novel, about a single day in the life of a group of Chicago boys who, goaded by the character B.J., "a child of destiny and daring, experienced in the ways of reform schools," engage in "one escapade after another, each more exciting and terrifying than its predecessor." (Reprinted in paperback under the title "Boy Gang.") 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Mercy is King [*SIGNED*], Mays, James A., M.D.
7 Mays, James A., M.D. Mercy is King [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Crescent Publications [ca. 1974] 0-914184-18-0 / 9780914184188 Presumed 1st Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
[mild edgewear, some rubbing to covers]. Trade PB INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Novel about the experiences of a young black cardiologist at "Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital," a hospital serving primarily the residents of the black ghetto in an unnamed city. The author, by a remarkable coincidence, was the Acting Chief of Cardiology at Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital in Los Angeles. How do these things happen? Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Man Says Yes, McCall, Dan
8 McCall, Dan The Man Says Yes
New York The Viking Press 1969 0670453072 / 9780670453078 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mel Williamson 
[solid copy, minor shelfwear, very light spotting to page edges; jacket shows light wear to edges and surface, some diagonal creasing in front flap]. Novel about a black teacher whose wife is white, and who goes to Texas to teach a summer course in "Basic Communication" at an all-black school (Bundy (Colored Agricultural and Normal) University), whose president is his uncle -- an "almost mythic, powerful -- even terrifying -- yet undeniably compelling man," who also happens to be "monstrous and sadistic." Standing in opposition to the University president is "Henry Prudhomme, veteran of a thousand marches and skirmishes of the black man's Revolution, eloquent preacher-Marxist, beloved campus guru." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Banjo: A Story without a Plot, McKay, Claude
9 McKay, Claude Banjo: A Story without a Plot
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[solid book, with moderate wear to cloth at spine ends, very minor chipping to paper-covered boards at most corners; the jacket (rather rare) is heavily worn, with major paper loss at the spine ends (including most of the book's title) and another large chip at the bottom of the rear panel; it's also split along the rear hinge, and what's left of the spine is somewhat browned; still and all, the front panel is mostly present, and still attractive]. Second of three novels by this Jamaican-born author, a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Set along the Marseilles waterfont, its protagonist is a jazz musician, making his away among "the flotsam and jetsam of the human tide [which] sweep into Marseilles from every corner of the world." 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Wind from Nowhere, Micheaux, Oscar
10 Micheaux, Oscar The Wind from Nowhere
New York Book Supply Company 1944 NO Tenth Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dj 
[light wear to book at extremities, one-time owner's signature and bookplate on ffep; jacket worn and soiled, small chip at top of front panel, various other small tears, wrinkling/creasing to rear panel, internal tape repair at spine ends, etc.]. (illustrated endpapers, frontispiece) "A novel of Negro life" by the well-known entrepreneurial African-American filmmaker and novelist. Set in the Dakota Territory, it's the story of "Martin Eden, young Negro man of Conquest, who built an agricultural empire in the Dakota wilderness [and of] the strangest love story ever told." Micheaux's first two novels, "Conquest: The Story of a Negro Pioneer" (1913) and "The Homesteader" (1917), had similar settings and themes, and it was the second book that led to his career as a writer/director/producer of "race movies" (made for exclusively African-American audiences), which occupied the majority of his time and energy for about two decades. (He averaged about two films a year between 1920 and 1940.) The present novel marked his return to fiction at a time when his filmmaking career had virtually come to an end: the book was originally published in 1941, after which date he wrote and published three more novels but made only one more film. (Although this copy of the book is a stated "Tenth Edition," on the dust jacket flap it is touted as the "Special Deluxe Edition," priced at $2.75.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [*SIGNED*], Mosley, Walter
11 Mosley, Walter Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned [*SIGNED*]
New York W. W. Norton & Co. (c.1998) 0-393-04539-0 / 9780393045390 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Debra Morton Hoyt Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, top rear corner bumped; jacket a bit rubbed]. SIGNED by the author on the title page, where he has also written "The Socrates Crew Edition." The first of three (so far) novels featuring Socrates Fortlow, "a tough, brooding ex-convict determined to challenge and understand the violence and anarchy in his world -- and in himself." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Gone Fishin': An Easy Rawlins Novel, Mosley, Walter
12 Mosley, Walter Gone Fishin': An Easy Rawlins Novel
Baltimore Black Classic Press 1997 1-57478-025-5 / 9781574780253 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Laurie Williams 
[nice clean copy, slight bump to top rear corner is only significant sign of wear; jacket shows only light handling wear, minor abrasion near bottom of rear panel]. The author's sixth book featuring Easy Rawlins, this one giving us the backstory of Easy and his friend Mouse as young men in Houston, Texas. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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The Drift [*SIGNED*], Ridley, John
13 Ridley, John The Drift [*SIGNED*]
New York Alfred A. Knopf 2002 0-375-41182-8 / 9780375411823 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Chip Kidd Signed by Author
[no discernible wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. INSCRIBED ("To ______ -- / I can honestly say / I would be here without / you, and I ain't talkin' / Norms!") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep; the "Norms" reference is likely to a popular Los Angeles coffeeshop. Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Family Tree, Taking Root [*SIGNED*], Robertson, Doc
14 Robertson, Doc A Family Tree, Taking Root [*SIGNED*]
Tucson AZ Alfranpedoc Publishing 2000 1-930502-00-2 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[nice tight copy, no discernible wear, the teensiest bit of shelf-soiling to bottom page edges; jacket shows faint surface handling wear]. SIGNED and DATED (in 2001) by the author on the title page. "This is a novel about fictional characters living in Los Angeles, California, between 1963 and 1995. Few events portrayed, involving these characters, were taken from neighborhood anecdotes. Most, however, are creations from the author's imagination. In tracing these 32 years, historical events or transformations are used as symbols of change within the community and also to show their influence on its people." The author, per the jacket blurb, was paralyzed from the neck down by a high school football accident, and subsequently devoted his efforts to research into the effects of the media on African-Americans. Signed by Author 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Ofay, Shorris, Earl
15 Shorris, Earl Ofay
New York Dell Publishing Co. 1967 (c.1966) NO 1st ptg. thus Softcover Near Fine 
[mild edgewear, binding tight, inside clean, minor bumping at base of spine]. Mass Market PB "Josh loved Negroes. On the worst street of the ghetto, a street of junk and jazzing, hipsters and hustlers, he tried to forget he was white. But Josh fell in love -- with a Negro girl. And then he learned what it really meant to be.... Ofay." 
Price: 4.50 USD
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Good-bye, Mr. Shaft, Tidyman, Ernest
16 Tidyman, Ernest Good-bye, Mr. Shaft
New York The Dial Press 1973 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bob Korn 
[nice clean book with no discernible wear; jacket has a minor wrinkle/crease at top of front panel, and appears to have been mis-folded by as much as 3/8", with the spine text thus folding over the rear hinge (please request a scan if this description is unclear)]. The fifth of the author's "Shaft" novels finds the African-American private eye in London, "to guard the two small sons of an important American black political figure, who are the prizes in a kidnapping caper masterminded by a neo-fascistic American zillionaire. The bodies and the dolly birds pile up like hot crumpets at high tea when he discovers that all is not square in Piccadilly and in the sudden-death alleys of Soho." Laid in is a letter on the letterhead of Ernest Tidyman Productions (but signed by a staff member, not the author himself), submitting the book to an M-G-M executive for consideration. (The third and last of the original "Shaft" films, SHAFT IN AFRICA, had been released earlier in the year, and at the time of this submission the series of made-for-TV "Shaft" movies was limping through its one and only season on CBS. Apparently nobody wanted to make SHAFT IN LONDON, but Tidyman cranked out two more novels in the series before giving up on the character.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes, Van Dyke, Henry
17 Van Dyke, Henry Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux (c.1965) NO Unstated/1st? Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ronald Clyne 
[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket shows just a trace of soiling]. African-American author's first novel, presenting "a portrait of two elderly widows who have developed a kinship beyond the boundaries of class, wealth, and race, by virtue of their close association with one another for more than thirty years. This kinship between Etta Klein, a rich Jewish lady in a small midwestern town, and Harriet Gibbs, her Negro servant-companion, is characterized by bickering, fussing, and expressions of affection -- except for those mutually painful spells when they refuse to speak to each other altogether. [The story] is told by 17-year-old Oliver, Aunt Harry's nephew, who acts as surrogate for Mrs. Klein's dead son Sergeant and carries messages back and forth when the two ladies aren't speaking." 
Price: 35.00 USD
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