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1 (Bibliography Committee of the New Jersey Library Association) NEW JERSEY AND THE NEGRO: A Bibliography, 1715-1966
(Trenton, NJ): New Jersey Library Association, 1967. 1967. Good 
(Trenton, NJ): New Jersey Library Association, 1967.. 1967.. Good. - Small quarto, red cloth. Rubbed, the spine very heavily so. 196 pp. Ex- library with the usual markings & the word "discard" scrawled across the front & rear endpapers. Good.

First edition. First Edition. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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2 Ames, Mary FROM A NEW ENGLAND WOMAN'S DIARY IN DIXIE IN 1865
Springfield, MA: 1906. 1906. Good 
Springfield, MA: 1906.. 1906.. Good. - Small octavo, blue cloth with a printed label on the front cover. The spine & extremities are lightly rubbed & a bit darkened with the head & tail of the spine chipped. There is a small area of light staining to the front cover & a small white stain to the rear cover. vi & 125 pages. Illustrated with a portrait frontispiece with a printed tissue guard. The page edges are darkened. Good.

First edition.

Mary Ames and Emily Bliss, two white northern school teachers, were employed by the Freedmen's Bureau and sent to South Carolina to open a school for the benefit of former slaves.

A leaf tipped-in at the front of the book states: This book is made and sold to benefit the Scholarship founded by the Springfield Hampton Club in memory of Elizabeth Mary Ames." First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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3 Brown, Claude MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND
New York: The Macmillan Company / London: Collier-Macmillan Limited, (1965). (1965). Very good 
New York: The Macmillan Company / London: Collier-Macmillan Limited, (1965).. (1965).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth, in a dust wrapper. The binding is lightly bumped. The edges of the dust jacket panels & flaps are somewhat darkened & there are some small stains to the jacket spine. 415 pages. Very good.

Fourth printing.

"I want to talk about the first Northern urban generation of Negroes. I want to talk about the experiences of a misplaced generation, of a misplaced people in an extremely complex, confused society....The characters are sons and daughters of former Southern share-croppers. These were the poorest people of the South, who poured into New York City during the decade following the Great Depression...." [From Brown's Foreword]. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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REMEMBER ... UNCLE TOM SAYS - "ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT GHETTO FIRES". An Original Civil Rights Poster by Ron Cobb., Cobb, Ron (born 1937). American cartoonist, graphic artist, film designer and director.
4 Cobb, Ron (born 1937). American cartoonist, graphic artist, film designer and director. REMEMBER ... UNCLE TOM SAYS - "ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT GHETTO FIRES". An Original Civil Rights Poster by Ron Cobb.
Los Angeles: Sawyer Press, 1967. 1967. Very good 
Los Angeles: Sawyer Press, 1967.. 1967.. Very good. - An original 33-1/4 inch high by 22-1/2 inch wide color poster by the American cartoonist Ron Cobb referencing Los Angeles' Watts Riots. The image portrays an old black man with curly white hair under a floppy lime green hat and white stubble upon his cheeks. Attired in a matching green jacket over pink shirt, the man holds a hoe in his left hand while, in a parody of Smoky the Bear, he points out at the viewer with his right index finger. What appears to be the charred remains of buildings are lit by a golden yellow glow in the background. There are creases to the edges and corners and both the bottom and the edges are slightly darkened. There are a few tiny chips to the right edge. Very good.

A Civil Rights poster by the American cartoonist Ron Cobb published as a commentary on South Central Los Angeles' Watts Riots. According to Ron Cobb, the image poked fun at moderate African-Americans who didn't share the outrage of the younger generation who protested the deep racism and unfair conditions of the period.

The American cartoonist Ron Cobb (born 1937) was also a writer, film designer and director. As an animator for Disney, the young man was a breakdown artist on Disney's feature 1959 film "Sleeping Beauty". Drafted into the army, he worked as a draughtsman for the Signal Corps thus avoiding deployment to Vietnam. In 1965, following his discharge, he began to contribute to the Los Angeles Free Press, one of the first underground newspapers of the time. Though not very financially rewarding, his political cartoons were highly regarded and many were also featured in "The Mother Earth News". More financially rewarding were his design for the 1967 record cover of Jefferson Airplane's album "After Bathing at Baxter's" and his designs for the 1973 film "Dark Star" as well as subsequent design work for numerous movies including Star Wars, Alien, Conan the Barbarian, The Last Starfighter, Total Recall, etc. 
Price: 250.00 USD

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LE NOIR: Morceaux Choisis de Vingt-Neuf Francais Celebres., Cook, W. Mercer.
5 Cook, W. Mercer. LE NOIR: Morceaux Choisis de Vingt-Neuf Francais Celebres.
New York: American Book Company, (1934). (1934). Good 
- Octavo, dark gray cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & spine with a device in blind on the rear cover. The binding is lightly rubbed. The corners of the covers and the head & tail of the spine are lightly chipped & frayed. The gilt titling on the spine is partially rubbed away & there is some minor bubbling to the cloth of the front cover. x & 173 pages. Illustrated in black & white with a portrait frontispiece & 6 full-page portraits. The contents are clean & bright. Good.

First edition.

African American Mercer Cook was a 30-year-old Sorbonne-educated Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at Howard University when this, his first book, was published. He noted that while he found no other text book for students of French in "colored" schools, there was "a wealth of material on the subject of the colored man in French literature". He therefore set about assembling this collection of writings about black people by Montesquieu, Voltaire, Robespierre, Lafayette, De Tocqueville, Balzac, Hugo, Dumas, Maupassant and others. The illustrations include portraits of Toussaint L'Ouverture and Ira Aldridge, the great African American Shakespearean actor of the mid-19th century. Cook's introduction is in English. The rest of the text is in French.

Mercer Cook [1903-1987] was an African American diplomat and professor. His father Will Marion Cook was a famous composer and his mother Abbie Mitchell Cook was a soprano singer, best known for playing Clara in the 1935 premier production of "Porgy and Bess". Cook had a remarkable career. He held positions as a professor of French and Romance Languages at Atlanta University and Howard University, he studied in Paris and the West Indies and from 1943 to 1945 taught English at the University of Haiti. In the late 1950s he became active in international relations. President Kennedy appointed him Ambassador to the newly independent French African colony of Niger in 1961 and President Johnson subsequently named him U.S. Ambassador to The Gambia and Senegal.

Rare in commerce. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD

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6 Ford, Richard B TRADITION AND CHANGE IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA: An Inquiry Approach
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., (1968). (1968). Very good 
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., (1968).. (1968).. Very good. - Small quarto [approximatley 9-1/4 inches high by 7-1/4 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial reddish brown wrappers. The binding is rubbed & bumped with a remnant of a price-sticker on the front wrap. viii, 86 & [2] pages. Illustrated with color maps & plans. The contents are very good.

Holt Social Studies Curriculum. General Editor Edwin Fenton. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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7 Jackson, James U.S. NEGROES IN BATTLE: From Little Rock to Watts. (A Diary of Events--1957-1965)
Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1967. 1967. Good 
Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1967.. 1967.. Good. - Octavo, bluish gray cloth titled in silver on spine & front cover, in dw. The covers are lightly bumped with the extremities slightly faded. The dw is rubbed & chipped with pieces out of the top & bottom edges & with a blank label mounted on the rear flap. 147 & [1] pp. There are 2 tiny stains to the last page of the text. Very good in a fair dw.

First edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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I PASSED FOR WHITE By Reba Lee / As Told to Mary Hastings Bradley, Lee, Reba; Bradley, Mary Hastings
8 Lee, Reba; Bradley, Mary Hastings I PASSED FOR WHITE By Reba Lee / As Told to Mary Hastings Bradley
New York: Longmans, Green and Co., (1955). (1955). Very good Signed
New York: Longmans, Green and Co., (1955).. (1955).. Very good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY MARY HASTINGS BRADLEY - Octavo, paper covered boards backed with black cloth in a dust wrapper. The corners of the front cover are lightly rubbed. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed & chipped with some soiling to its rear panel. Half-title, title, [1] leaf & 274 pages. Very good.

First edition.

Inscribed by Mary Hastings Bradley and signed in full on the front endpaper.

Reba Lee was a young African American whose skin was almost white. She was brought up in Chicago but, once grown up and with a job, she ran away to another city and succeeded in passing herself off as a white girl. By observing and imitating her circle of white friends, she learned how to live in a white world. She got engaged and married to an attractive white man. Beautiful and quick- witted, outwardly poised and happy, she overcame the strain of a life of constant lying and an ever-present sense of danger, until she became pregnant and was overwhelmed by the terror that her baby might be dark- skinned.

Reba Lee [not her real name] told her story to writer Mary Hastings Bradley. Bradley [1882-1976] was the author of numerous mysteries, travel books, short fiction and novels, including the Old Chicago series of historical novels. She traveled to Egypt and the Belgian Congo and was a war correspondent for Colliers Magazine, reporting in 1945 on women in the military in Italy, France and Germany. At her death, it was revealed that her daughter Alice B. Sheldon was well-known science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD

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9 Miller, Elizabeth W.; compiler THE NEGRO IN AMERICA: A Bibliography. With a Foreword by Thomas F. Pettigrew
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, (1968). (1968). Fine 
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, (1968).. (1968).. Fine. - Octavo, tan cloth, in dw. The dw is slightly soiled. 190 pp. Near fine in a very good dw.

Third printing. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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10 Reed, Ishmael AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY
Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, (1993). (1993). 0201624621 / 9780201624625 Fine 
Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, (1993).. (1993).. Fine. - Octavo, gray paper covered boards backed with black cloth titled in red on the spine, in a dust wrapper. xix & 284 pages. Fine.

First edition.

Inscribed by the author on the title: "for Len, / Thanks for the tremendous effort you've made on behalf of 'Airing Dirty Laundry' / I appreciate it / Cheers / Ishmael [Reed] / Mar 9, 1993". Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD

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11 Ross, Frank Alexander; and Kennedy, Louise Venable A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NEGRO MIGRATION
NY: Burt Franklin, (1969). (1969). Fine 
NY: Burt Franklin, (1969).. (1969).. Fine. - Octavo, cloth titled in gilt. Very lightly rubbed. 251 pp. Near fine.

A reprint of the original 1934 edition. 
Price: 40.00 USD

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12 Taylor, Sidney; editor THE NEW AFRICANS: A Guide to the Contemporary History of Emergent Africa and Its Leaders. Written by Fifty Correspondents of Reuters News Agency
NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1967). (1967). Good 
NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1967).. (1967).. Good. - Octavo, dark blue cloth titled in gilt, in dw. 504 pp. Profusely illustrated in B&W. Ex-library with stamps on top & bottom edges of the books, discard stamp on the front endpaper & a label removed from the dw spine. Good.

First American edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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