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126.

The Price of Dirt
Los Angeles: Accent Publishers, 1974. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial card wrappers; 70pp. Minimal external dusting; no other signs of use, a crisp, Near Fine copy. Stories of African-American life in the South, described in the author's foreword as "...the collected stories of a people's reactions to a fantastic world...
[Item #25021]
Price: $60.00
 
The Price of Dirt
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Cry at Birth: Collected and Edited by the Bookers
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, [1971]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original cloth in brown pictorial dust jacket; xvii,[3],172pp.; frontispiece reproduction of a collage by William Harris III; additional text illus. Fine. Includes the first published appearance, the poems "Ghetto Service" and "Retrospect," of novelist Pearl Cleage, author of What Looks...
[Item #25019]
Price: $60.00
 
Cry at Birth: Collected and Edited by the Bookers
128.

Journey All Alone
New York: Dial Press, 1971. First Edition. Gritty, realistic young-adult novel by an African-American author. Set in Harlem and told from the point of view of a thirteen-year-old girl whose father abandons the family in pursuit of a jazz music career; the story concludes with the girl's violent rape by...
[Item #25018]
Price: $95.00
 
Journey All Alone
129.

Two Love Stories
New York: Dial Press, 1972. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 180pp. Fine in dustjacket; a new-appearing, apparently unread copy. First work of adult fiction by the author of Look Out Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Git Your Mama and numerous children's books. This collection includes the two novellas Basketball...
[Item #25015]
Price: $30.00
 
Two Love Stories
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The Captain and His Crew
Los Angeles: Black Book Production, [1971]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original blue pictorial staplebound wrappers; [4],40pp.; illus. Fine. African-American children's book, recounting the fantastical adventures of a family on their home-made ship.
[Item #25014]
Price: $35.00
 
The Captain and His Crew
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When Rain Clouds Gather: A Novel
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968 [but 1969]. Pseudo-autobiographical novel, the author's first published work, recounting a black South African man's escape to Botswana, where Head lived throughout her adult life, later gaining the reputation as that country's most influential novelist. Second printing of the first American edition. Octavo (21cm.);...
[Item #25013]
Price: $25.00
 
When Rain Clouds Gather: A Novel
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When Rain Clouds Gather: A Novel [Review Copy]
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968 [but 1969]. First American Edition. Pseudo-autobiographical novel, the author's first published work, recounting a black South African man's escape to Botswana, where Head lived throughout her adult life, later gaining the reputation as that country's most influential novelist. First printing. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth-backed...
[Item #25011]
Price: $75.00
 
When Rain Clouds Gather: A Novel [Review Copy]
133.

Black Poetry: A Supplement to Anthologies Which Exclude Black Poets
Detroit: Broadside Press, 1971. Fourth Printing. Octavo (19cm). Staple-bound printed card wrappers; 48pp. Faint external rubbing along folded edge of wrappers, else a Fine, apparently unread copy. Important Black Arts anthology; contributors include Gwendolyn Brooks, Ray Durem, Nikki Giovanni, Leroi Jones, Etheridge Knight, Don L. Lee, Sonia Sanchez, others.
[Item #25010]
Price: $20.00
 
Black Poetry: A Supplement to Anthologies Which Exclude Black Poets
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Gentleman Pimp: An Autobiography
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Co. [1973]. First Edition. First printing. 12mo (17.5cm.); original green pictorial wrappers; 190,[2]pp. Textblock uniformly toned, else Fine. Chatty memoir, beginning with a nod to Iceberg Slim, by a Detroit pimp and thief, with accounts of his multiple trips to prison.
[Item #25009]
Price: $100.00
 
Gentleman Pimp: An Autobiography
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Conjure
Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1972. First Edition. First full-length poetry collection (following three novels) by the founder of the Umbra Workshop, which would become a significant influence on the Black Arts Movement. Includes Reed's major long poem "Catechism of d neoamerican hoodoo church," which was first published as a....
[Item #25006]
Price: $75.00
 
Conjure
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A Litany of Friends: New and Selected Poems
Detroit: Lotus Press, 1981. First Edition. Issued simultaneously with a signed/limited clothbound edition; this is the more common wrappered issue. Moderate external soil, else Very Good. A somewhat uncommon later collection from Randall, long-time proprietor of the Broadside Press.
[Item #25005]
Price: $25.00
 
A Litany of Friends: New and Selected Poems
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Callin' All Sisters. Illustrations by Kush Bey.
Chicago: by the Author, 1970. Second Printing. Author's first book, published while a student at Northeastern State College in Chicago. Zubena was a member of the OBAC Writer's Workshop, a creative writing project headed by Chicago poet Don L. Lee. Octavo (22cm); staple-bound, pictorial wrappers; 28pp. Small bump to bottom...
[Item #25003]
Price: $25.00
 
Callin' All Sisters. Illustrations by Kush Bey.
138.

Barefoot Necklace pome[s]
Brooklyn: Jamima House Press, 1875. First Edition. Substantial collection, incorporating the entirety of Loftin's first published book (Jumbish, 1972) and adding a selection of new poems. Laudatory blurbs from Wes Brown and Ishmael Reed on rear cover (the latter excerpted from Reed's lengthy, glowing review of the book in the...
[Item #25001]
Price: $50.00
 
Barefoot Necklace pome[s]
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In Search of Roots
Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, [1970]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket; [4],40pp. Very minor toning along jacket extremities, else About Fine. Poetry collection by African-American native of St. Petersburg, Florida, at the time of publication serving as co-minister at the Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church...
[Item #25000]
Price: $30.00
 
In Search of Roots
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Soul Session: Anthology of the B.C.D.
Newark: Jihad Productions, 1969. First Edition. Revolutionary poems by members of Black Community Defense, a Newark cultural and armed resistance group co-founded by Amiri Baraka, Balozi Zayd Muhammad and martial arts expert Mfundish Maasi. No editorial credit given, though Baraka would presumably have been influential in the selection of the...
[Item #24999]
Price: $75.00
 
Soul Session: Anthology of the B.C.D.
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Chameleon [Review Copy]
Los Angeles: Crescent Publications, [1978]. First Edition. Self-published novel about the difficulties faced by a black doctor, authored by an African-American cardiologist, and described as "The Explosive" sequel to his first fictional work, Mercy Is King (1974). It should also be noted that the platform shoes Mays is sporting in...
[Item #24998]
Price: $75.00
 
Chameleon [Review Copy]
142.

Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories: Aspects of the Black Experience. An Original Collection
New York: William-Frederick Press, 1975. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Cloth boards, dustjacket, 117pp. Fine and unmarked in crisp but faintly foxed dustwrapper, Near Fine. Collection of short fiction by an inmate of the Lorton, Virginia penitentiary. Includes several stories of prison life.
[Item #24997]
Price: $40.00
 
Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories: Aspects of the Black Experience. An Original Collection
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Woman, Man's Best Friend (Proverbs, Parables, Poems, Songs)
[San Francisco: Al Kitab Sudan Publications, 1973]. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original orange pictorial wrappers printed in brown; [6],iv,[2],88pp.; text printed in brown on tan stock. Fine. Collected short poetical pieces by Marvin X, written between 1969 and 1972. He assures the reader in his introduction that he is not...
[Item #24996]
Price: $100.00
 
Woman, Man's Best Friend (Proverbs, Parables, Poems, Songs)
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Up from the Dead Level
[Madison: FAS Publishing, 1974]. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original cream photomontage staplebound wrappers; 35pp.; printed on yellow stock. Fine. Poetry collection by 23-year-old folklorist, whose previous work, according to the author biography on the rear cover, was being "currently reviewed by Black World and Dudley Randall of Broadside Press."
[Item #24995]
Price: $50.00
 
Up from the Dead Level
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Om Black
N.p., n.d. [1971?]. Author's scarce second book, a collection of intensely political poems of African-American life, many confronting the twin issues of race and gender. The poet was a Chicago resident and member of the Southside OBAC Writer's Collective headed by Don L. Lee (who is credited as a "Writing...
[Item #24994]
Price: $50.00
 
Om Black
146.

My Mercedes Is Bigger than Yours
New York: Harper & Row, [1975]. First American Edition. Octavo (20.5cm.); original linen-backed boards in olive pictorial dust jacket; [8],177pp. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed, else Near Fine. Satirical novel by Nigerian novelist and poet.
[Item #24993]
Price: $35.00
 
My Mercedes Is Bigger than Yours
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Reflections on Life and Other Poems
New York: Vantage Press, 1976. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 46pp. Bit of soil to upper edge of text block, else fine, in lightly soiled dustwrapper, Near Fine. Self-published poems, many on racial themes, by a Michigan-born author.
[Item #24992]
Price: $45.00
 
Reflections on Life and Other Poems
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The "Pass Laws": A Fact Paper
[Johannesburg]: S.A. Institute of Race Relations, 1960. First Edition. Delineation of the South African Pass Laws, defining a "pass" as a document "which is not carried by all races, but only by people of a particular race...[and] is connected with restriction of the freedom of movement of the person concerned"...
[Item #24991]
Price: $45.00
 
The "Pass Laws": A Fact Paper
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Don't Call Me Black [Promotional Copy]
New York: Vantage Press, [1980]. First Edition. African-American social history in the form of a dialogue between four professionals of different races, including a lawyer, an economist, and a psychologist. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth in brown pictorial dust jacket; [6],169pp. Fine. Promotional typescript letter on Press letterhead with accompanying envelope...
[Item #24990]
Price: $45.00
 
Don't Call Me Black [Promotional Copy]
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Long Drums and Cannons: Nigerian Dramatists and Novelists
New York: Praeger Publishers, [1969]. First American edition, second (1970) printing. Octavo (22.5cm.); original simulated cloth in black pictorial dust jacket; 209pp. Bottom edge of upper jacket panel creased, else Fine in Very Good or better jacket. Includes essays on the works of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, and Amos Tutuola.
[Item #24987]
Price: $20.00
 
Long Drums and Cannons: Nigerian Dramatists and Novelists

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