New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. First trade edition. INSCRIBED TO PAUL ROBESON. A very fine association copy... Read More about Spider Boy. A Scenario for a Moving Picture
London: T. Cautley Newby, Publisher. 30, Welbeck Street, 1873. First edition. Slavery in Brazil. Written in English by a Portuguese nobleman and set in Brazil, on a slave owning plantation. Homeopathy, Brazilian Independence, the Emancipation of the Slaves and the conditions of the blacks are all subjects touched upon. Read More about Palmitos. A Novel
Chelsea, [Mass.]: Published by the Author, 1890. Fishing in White and Green Mountains, Rangely, Marha's Vineyard, Adirondacks in the 1880s. Read More about My Summer Vacations
Boston: Robert F. Wallcut, 1854. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed on the upper wrapper. Presentation Copy. An important legal critique of the decision to send Anthony Burns back into slavery under the Fugitive Slave Act written by noted antislavery lawyer and underground railroad activist William Ingersoll Bowditch. The present example..... Read More about The Rendition of Anthony Burns
New York: Nov 20, 1958. Fine image of the tennis champion who broke the color barrier in lawn tennis, and won both the U.S. National and Wimbledon championships in 1957 and '58; in both years she was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. Read More about Portrait photograph of Althea Gibson
Columbus , Ohio: Follett & Foster, 1858. First edition. Here he tells the tragic history of the Second Seminole War. Read More about The Exiles of Florida: or, the Crimes Committed by our Government against the Maroons, Who Fled...
New York: Dec 2, 1955. Van Vechten, Carl. Read More about Portrait Photograph of John Birks ('Dizzy') Gillespie
New York: Dec 2, 1955. Van Vechten, Carl. Reproduced (from this print) in Mauriber's PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978). Provenance: The estate of Saul Mauriber, Van Vechten's assistant and executor of Van Vechten's photography estate and the compiler of PORTRAITS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF CARL VAN VECHTEN (1978)..... Read More about Portrait Photograph of John Birks ('Dizzy') Gillespie
N.p: n.d. [c. 1945]. The Poet of the Virgin Islands in Praise of FDR. This rare poetic broadside comes from an unusual American source: the poet of the Virgin Islands, José P. Gimenez, born on the Island of St. Thomas, (v. French, et. al., Afro-American Poetry & Drama 1760-1975, p...... Read More about Broadside poem, entitled “A Virgin Islands’ Tribute to the Memory of our Beloved President...
New York: William Morrw, . First edition. SIGNED and inscribed to Paul on the title-page by the authoir. Read More about Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea
New York: Mark H. Newman, 1844. Stepen Girard' will left money to establish a school for white, male boys and provided that no ecclesiastic, misionary or minister ever be admitted to the grounds. The family challenged the will on the grounds that the conditions were contrary to Pennsylvania law, and..... Read More about A Defense of the Christian Religion and the Religuous Instruction of the Young. Delivered in the...
[London: Thomas Astley, 1745-7]. Engraving showing "Negro Canoas carying Slaves aboard at Mansrow," extracted from A New Collection of Voyages and Travels (4 vols, London: Thomas Astley, 1745-7). Read More about Prospect of the Coast from El Mina to Mowri, from Barbot & Smith
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1888. First edition of Page's second book, Gordon's first. (BAL indicates 1500 copies printed). Inscribed by Page. Inscribed on the title page: "After de War / Thomas Nelson Page." Read More about Befo' de War. Echoes in Negro Dialect
New York: July 18, 1946. Fine, inscribed portrait, and a rare image of the playwright and historian Shirley Graham (1896-1977). Graham was the author of several plays, including "Elijah's Ravens" (1930), "Tom-Tom" (1932), "Dust to Earth" (1940), and "It's Morning" (1940). Graham was also a serious historian of Afro-American history..... Read More about Portrait photograph of Shirley Graham DuBois, inscribed to Saul Mauriber
Paris: Chez Maradan, Libraire, 1808. First edition. First edition of the first history of black literature. Grégoire (1750-1831) was an abolitionist and a former Bishop of Blois. His De la Littérature des Nègres (Paris, 1808) was aimed at the seemingly false sympathy of Thomas Jefferson as expressed in his Notes..... Read More about De la Littérature des Nègres, ou recherches sur leurs facultés intellectuelles, leurs...
London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1965. First English Edition. Read More about Nigger. An Autobiography…
Hackensack, New Jersey: Wednesday Morning, Nov. 3, 1824. Usal Meeker of New-Brige offers a Negro man Lewis, 22 years old for sale: "He is sold for want of employment as the subscriber is about retiring from business." on p. 3. Read More about The Hackensack Star and Bergen Farmer.Vol. 1. No. 51
Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies: May 28, 1975. In part: "... The sundry publishing and television folk are really on my ass. Roots has got to be published during February 1976, a week or two before the premiere of the television series that's to be filmed this summer and fall. I'm..... Read More about Typed letter signed, "Alex" to publisher Barney Rosset ("Dear Barney") on...
New York: June 25, 1949. The Original Bloody Mary. She was "Bloody Mary" in the original 1949 production of South Pacific. Although Afro-American, the most memorable roles of the great singer-actress Juanita Hall (1901 - 1968) were as Asians. Read More about Portrait of Juanita Hall as "Bloody Mary" in SOUTH PACIFIC
N.p: 17 July 1941. Fine image of the "Father of the Blues," reproduced in Portraits: The Photography of Carl Van Vechten (1978). Read More about Three-quarter length portrait of W.C. Handy, playing the muted trumpet
[New York]: c. 1960s. Richie Havens' art portfolio from the 1960s. Richie Havens (1941–2013) was an American musician made famous by his opening set at Woodstock in 1969. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Havens became a regular fixture in the Greenwich Village scene of the 1950s and '60s. Primarily..... Read More about Art Archive
New York: Jan 23, 1954. Hayes (1887- 1977), the famous lyric tenor,was the first African American male concert artist to receive worldwide attention for his art. Read More about Portrait Photograph of Roland Hayes
Boston: John P. Jewett, 1858. Second Edition. The Model for ‘Uncle Tom’. This second edition is vastly enlarged (by 136 pages) from the first of 1849. It was the original 76-page narrative which gave Harriet Beecher Stowe the inspiration for her character of “Uncle Tom.” In fact, the 3rd edition..... Read More about Truth Stranger Than Fiction
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, 1929. No. 74 of 175 copies SIGNED BY HEYWARD and the designer JOSEPH SANDFORD. Signed by the Author and Designer. Read More about The Half Pint Flask
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, 1929. No. 50 of 175 copies SIGNED BY HEYWARD and the designer JOSEPH SANDFORD. Signed by the Author and Designer. Read More about The Half Pint Flask
Boston: D.B. Updike: The Merrymount Press, 1902. First edition. INSCRIBED TO H.C. LODGE. Inscribed: " H.C.Lodge from H.L. Higginson July 8, 1902". Robert Gould Shaw and his black soldiers of 54th Massachusetts Volunteers has been immortalized by the movie. Read More about Four Addresses: The Soldiers' Field: The Harvard Union I: The Harvard Union II: Robert Gould Shaw