New York: May 29, 1961. Jones made an impression in 1961 in the off-Broadway production of Genet's play... Read More about Portrait Photograph of James Earl Jones
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: 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…
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1892. First Edition. The second in the publisher’s series “American Reformer,” edited by Carlos Martyn; the first was the authors biographry of William Lloyd Garrison. Read More about The Life of Charles Sumner. The Scholar in Politics
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
[Hampton, Virginia]: "Printed by Colored and Indian students trained in the office of the Hampton Institute" . The Third Thousand. Read More about Ten Years Work for Indians at Hampton Institute, Virginia
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: 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
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
London: Clarke, Beeton & Co., 148, Fleet Street, . Later edition, bound from the 18 parts. Read More about The White Slave; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America
New York: October 8, 1947. American blue and Jazz singer who is most famous for her recordings with Louis Armstrong. She was hit by a car and killed in NYC at 45. Read More about Portrait photograph of Bertha "Chippie" Hill (1905-1950
New York: June 28, 1955. Reproduced (from this print) in PORTRAITS: The Photography of Carl Van Vechten (1978). Read More about Portrait photograph of Chester Himes
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1945. First edition. Signed. Signed by the author on the front flyleaf. Himes' first novel, a sexually-charged exploration of the alienated consciousness of an African-American worker in an armaments plant in Los Angeles during World War Two, it earned him critical praise, favorable comparison..... Read More about If He Hollers Let Him Go
[Westport, Conn.]: Meckler Books, . First edition. Read More about Black Diamonds. Life in the Negro Leagues from the Men Who Lived It