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That Was a Time

By: Castlen, Harriet Gift

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, E. P. Dutton & Co.: 1937

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14746

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [ex-lending library book, but minimally marked as such (just a stamp, a small label and a pencil note on the ffep), moderate shelfwear, light soiling to covers and bottom edge; solid binding, text clean]. Dialect novel, presenting the life story of a Southern "mammy" from her birth in Africa through her years as a slave -- a misery until she was lucky(!) enough to be bought by "Marse Jimmy, a wealthy, kindly planter," after which her life (at least as reviewer Augusta Tucker described it in The New York Times) "was one of great happiness and usefulness.... View more info

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The Big Walk

By: Clay, Willie T.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, Ebony International Publishing Co.: (c.1974)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16120

ISBN: 0974240001

Condition: Very Good


[moderately worn, diagonal crease at bottom corner of front cover; binding solid, internally clean]. Trade PB In 1960, Willie Clay, a Korean War veteran and head of an advertising and public relations firm in Cincinnati, decided to walk to California as a way of exploring the problems of African-Americans. This is his story of that odyssey, "A Man's Walk Across America." View more info

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Major Brown; or, Whether White or Black, A Man!

By: Davis, Edith Smith

Price: $100.00

Publisher: London, S. W. Partridge & Co.: 1898

Edition: Presumed 1st

Seller ID: 10664

Condition: Good


(pictorial cloth; no dust jacket) [moderately worn but intact copy, spine turned, wear at edges and extremities, browning/soiling to page edges; small bookseller's label at upper corner of front pastedown, gift inscription (dated 1916) and recipient's name/address on ffep]. (B&W frontispiece) A novel, intended to act as a brief for racial tolerance and understanding. The author evokes "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in his preface, and pays tribute to Booker T. Washington and other "prominent coloured men," while declaring that his book "is sent out with the desire of making men and ... View more info

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Spirits in the Street

By: Deveaux, Alexis

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Garden City NY, Anchor Press/Doubleday: 1974 (c.1973)

Edition: 1st Paperback printing

Seller ID: 4325

ISBN: 0-385-09017-X

Condition: Good


[moderate overall wear, soiling to covers, scarring on front cover from removal of old price sticker]. Trade PB (line drawings) "In this moving portrait of black life in Harlem, [the author] provides us with a most authentic view of the black American experience in the seventies as seen by one who grew up during the emergence of black consciousness." View more info

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For Freedom: A Biographical Story of the American Negro

By: Fauset, Arthur Huff

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Franklin Publishing and Supply Co.: 1928 (c.1927)

Edition: 3rd printing

Seller ID: 10597

Condition: Very Good+


(decorated green cloth; no dust jacket) [slight browning to page edges, minor darkening of spine cloth, faint spotting on front cover, a bit of wear at corners, but all in all about as nice a copy of this book as you're likely to find; one-time owner's neat signature (and her room number!) on ffep, and there is some discoloration in both gutters from the cloth binding strip]. A lovely copy of this schoolbook history of African-Americans. The author was the half-brother of novelist Jessie Redmon Fauset. This appears to be the same binding -- green cloth with a pictorial depiction of Abraham L... View more info

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In Black and White: An Interpretation of Southern Life

By: Hammond, L.H.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Fleming H. Revell Company: (c.1914)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9834

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [worn copy, front hinge starting, spine cloth darkened/soiled with a couple of small chunks missing at rear hinge, soiling to page edges and at bottom of rear cover, rubbing at top of front cover]. (B&W photographs) A plea on behalf of racial harmony, from a Southern perspective. View more info

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"Now I Am Civilized"

By: Huffman, Eugene Henry

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, AMS Press, Inc.: 1975 (c.1930)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 15833

ISBN: 0-404-11390-7

Condition: Fine


(no dust jacket, as issued) [as new, tight and unread]. Reprint of a 1930 black-dialect novel (originally published by Wetzel Publishing Company of Los Angeles), described in an author's note as "the Satirical Reverie of an alert, close-observing, and almost entirely illiterate young Negro cook, who, after years of domestic service in the homes of the 'cultured' has commanded a parrot-like fluency of English that would do credit to many a high school graduate." He dismisses this as mere mimicry, however, further opining that "the shocking illiteracy of such Negroes soon becomes a... View more info

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The Books of American Negro Spirituals; including The Book of American Negro Spirituals and The Second Book of Negro Spirituals

By: Johnson, James Weldon, and J. Rosamond Johnson

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1942

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 14703

Condition: Near Fine


(no dust jacket) [very nice clean copy with virtually no wear; binding solid with no markings of any sort in book; black lettering on spine and front cover is dark and unrubbed]. Combined edition (two volumes in one), first issued in 1940. (The original books were published in 1925 and 1926.) View more info

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The Negro in America and The Ideal American Republic

By: Morgan, T.J.

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, American Baptist Publication Society: (c.1898)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18376

Condition: Good


(maroon cloth, gilt stamping on spine; no dust jacket) [moderate soiling to exterior, some mottling to spine cloth (gilt lettering still readable), front cover opens freely but hinges and binding still intact; pencilled note (non-authorial) on front pastedown about the book's having been presented to the Ladies Missionary Society at a Baptist Church (city not noted) in 1902]. The author, whose full name was Thomas Jefferson Morgan (1839-1902), states: "My grandfather was a slaveholder. My father was an Abolitionist. While a student in college I learned to believe in the doctrine of the ... View more info

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Slave Mutiny: The Revolt on the Schooner Amistad

By: Owens, William A.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The John Day Company: (c.1953)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9385

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj


[solid copy, moderate overall wear, light browning to page edges, a couple of small dents at top/bottom of covers, boards slightly exposed due to wear at corners; jacket rubbed and edgeworn, a few small tears but nothing too serious, minor chipping at top of spine]. (B&W plates) View more info

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Negro Mystic Lore [*SIGNED*]

By: Sims, Mamie Hunt

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Chicago, To-morrow Press: 1907

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18982

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good


(no dust jacket) [solid binding, not especially shelfworn, but with quite a bit of external soiling to covers and page edges, foxing to frontispiece and title page]. (frontispiece photo) INSCRIBED generically ("Very truly yrs") and SIGNED by the author on the second ffep. Short stories (some just a page in length), "nearly all of which came from Uncle Jake's lips," and are hoped by the author (a white lady, as her frontispiece portrait photo tells us) "to show the real kindly feeling existing between the people of the South and the better class of the negroes." She g... View more info

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Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South

By: Stack, Carol

Price: $6.00

Publisher: New York, Basicbooks: (c.1996)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9316

ISBN: 0-465-00809-7

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice tight clean copy, appears unread; jacket just a bit scuffed/rubbed, nothing serious]. The author "tells the story of a little-known yet compelling reverse exodus -- of half a million black Americans in the cities of the North, many of whom heard a call to return home to the hardscrabble life of the rural South. [The book] is the story of hardships -- of starting over, of poverty, of rural life -- but is also the story of success, of how people determined to build real communities and to set things right helped to establish the right of black Americans to participate as full citizen... View more info

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The Incomparable Nat King Cole

By: Young, A.S. "Doc", ed.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Fort Worth TX, Sepia Publishing Company: 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21128

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[nice and clean, with just a bit of wear at the edges, minor soft diagonal crease at upper right corner of front cover; note also that this particular copy was bound (probably in error) with double covers]. (A Sepia Celebrity Book) Series (B&W and color photographs) "Collector's Edition" memorial tribute book, issued shortly after the singer's death from cancer, at the age of 45, in February 1965. The album, in fact, begins with a eulogy, a six-page account of his funeral, and a four-page chapter about "The Last Five Days" of his life. The remainder of the 82-page book is a ... View more info