New York: July 12, 1938. Published in PORTRAITS: the Photographs of Carl Van Vechten, (1978), edited by Saul... Read More about Portrait photograph of civil rights leader Walter White
New York: May 16, 1951. Reproduced in PHOTOGRAPHS OF CARL VAN VECHTEN, edited by Saul Mauriber. Read More about Portrait of Ralph Bunche
Washington, D.C: December 21, 1947. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master”. “… I am glad to know that Mr. Justice William O. Douglas of this Court will speak at the public dinner to be held in observance of the 100th Anniversary of..... Read More about Typed Letter, signed (“Harold H, Burton”) to Harry Barnard of the Altgeld Centenary Committee...
New York: Carleton, 1862. First American Edition. Of the conflict between North and South, it is Cairnes' thesis that, "...it is slavery which is at the bottom of this quarrel, and that on its determinationit depends whether the Power which derives its strength from slavery will be set up with..... Read More about The Slave Power: Its Character, Career, and Probable Designs: Being An Attempt to Explain the...
[Washington, D.C: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office], Friday, August 27, 1852. FUGITIVE SLAVE LAW. Read More about Drop Title]: Remarks of Hon. Mr. Weller of California, on the Mexican Boundary Commission-The...
N.p: n.d. [ January 1933]. An early and lively Van Vechten portrait of Calloway , "King of Hi-De-Ho", at age 26. Read More about Bust length portrait of Cab Calloway grinning
New York: January 12, 1933. An early and lively Van Vechten portrait of Calloway , "King of Hi-De-Ho", at age 26. Read More about Portrait photograph of Cab Calloway singing, in white suit
Charleston: James S. Burges, 1827. First and only edition. Rarity of American Judaica. A rare pamphlet issued by the first Jewish Reform movement in the United States, the Sephardic Reformed Society of Israelites in Charleston, South Carolina, recording an address by one of the movement’s leaders. The Reformed Society of..... Read More about A Discourse Delivered in Charleston, (S.C) on the 21st of Nov. 1827, Before the Reformed Society...
New York: Gilliss Brothers, 1884. First edition. Written and illustrated in the lowest and broadest tradition of racial caricature. Read More about The Thompson Street Poker Club from "Life"
New York: March 14, 1955. Series taken during Diahann Carroll's stunning Broadway debut as "Ottilie alias Violet", in the Harold Arlen/Truman Capote musical HOUSE OF FLOWERS, which ran from Dec. 20, 1954 through May 21, 1955. Carroll was 20 years old at the time. Read More about Portrait Photograph of Diahann Carroll in "House of Flowers"
Philadelphia: John Y. Huber Company, 1891. First edition. Chief Justice Earl Warren’s Copy — Signed Amidst the High Tension of Little Rock, 1957. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Earl Warren / New York City / Sept 15, 1957.”On September 4, 1957, Governor Orville Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard..... Read More about The Supreme Court of the United States: Its History … and Its Centennial Celebration, February...
np: ca. 1916-1917. First edition of one of only 2 publications of the author during his lifetime. George Washington Carver, who was known for experiments in crop diversification, offers advice and recipes on how to use the year's unusually large sweet potato crop to make flour, bread, and even biscuits..... Read More about Broadsheet: "The Sweet Potato as a Flour Substitute"
Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1839. First Edition. This pamphlet is Channing's critical response to a speech on the subject of slavery delivered by Henry Clay in the U.S. Senate on February 7, 1839. Clay believed that emancipation could only be achieved through the dying out of the slaves or..... Read More about Remarks on the Slavery Question In a Letter to Jonathan Phillips, Esq
Boston: James Munroe, 1825. First edition. Read More about Slavery
New York: J.A. Gray, printer, 1859. First edition. Read More about A Tract for The Times, on the Question, Is It Right to Withhold Fellowship from Churches or from...
Boston: Lee & Shephard, 1902. First edition. c. INSCRIBED on the flyleaf:“Miss Estelle M. H. Merrill“Pres. of the ___ (?) Association“from ED Cheny“January 13, 1903”A rare inscription from this Boston abolitionist (1824-1904), ardent women’s suffragist, secretary of the New England Freedmen's Aid Society, author of many books, friend of Ralph..... Read More about Reminiscences of Ednah Dow Cheney (born Littlehale
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1899. First edition. The author's first book, which consists of seven folk tales told African-American dialect. "A protégé of William Dean Howells, Chesnutt was one of the best of the early black writers of fiction.… He was one..... Read More about The Conjure Woman
Chicago: Cross Printing, c. 1890. Christian is described as a “sensational trick roller skater… skating on an Elevated board 10 feet high, 20 feet in length … an act never attempted by any other roller skater." Promotional blurbs from Boston Daily Globe, dated April 24, 1894 and the Pioneer Press..... Read More about “The Only Colored Performer in America Doing an Act of this Kind.”
London: Hopwood & Crew, n.d. [1870s]. "Four Hundred & Eighty-Fifth Thousand" Read More about Complete Repertoire of the Songs, Ballads, and Plantation Melodies, Sung by the Veritable and...
New York: Published by William H. Murphy, 384 Pearl Street, nd (c. 1870). Price 12 1/2 cents. Read More about Christy's Panorama Songster; Containing the Songs as Sung By the Christy, Campbell, Pierce's...
Jamaica Plains: Monday 9th, 1881. Clarke was an Abolitionist, Transcendentalist, editor of the liberal Western Messenger. He purchased the Brook Farm in 1855, but never was able to revitalise it. He was one of the first Americans to read and write about Eastern religions. Read More about ANS. To Mrs Terry. Accepting invitation to Crawford's lecture
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1929. First Trade Edition. First Edition. Based on Roark Bradford's stories Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun, this amusing, touching play won the Pulitzer Prize. Read More about The Green Pastures
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, . First trade edition. Inscribed to His Publisher. INSCRIBED on the flyleaf, "To John Farrar, my friend, Marc Connelly. New York, March 21, 1930."An early Farrar imprint, based on Roark Bradford's stories OL' MAN ADAM AN' HIS CHILLUN - this amusing, touching play won..... Read More about The Green Pastures
London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1875. First edition. First edition of this important account of the slave trade in Africa, Asia and South America. With chapters on the Cuban civil war, the Zanzibar treaty, and Livingstone's final exploratory expedition. Read More about The Lost Continent; or, Slavery and the Slave-trade in Africa, 1875. With observations on the...
New York: Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, 1931. First edition. Amos ’n’ Andy — First Edition in Dust Jacket. Read More about Here they are -- Amos ’n’ Andy