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Workers Theatre - Vol.I, No.12 (March, 1932)
New York: United Workers Theatres of New York, 1932. First Edition. Scarce publication by the United Workers Theatres of New York, who worked in conjunction with the Workers Laboratory Theatre of the W.I.R. and the Prolet-Buehne, a German agitprop troupe. Contents include advertising for the First National Workers Theatre Conference...
[Item #25179]
Price: $250.00
 
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Mother of Truth: A Story of Romance and Retribution Based on the Events of My Own Life
New York: Graphic Literary Press, 1929. First Edition. A novel based on events from the author's life, woven around the motion picture industry in modern Russia, with a dash of romance and a Tsar-like Trust which dominates the cinema field. Abramson was a Polish-born filmmaker and screenwriter in the U.S....
[Item #20013]
Price: $200.00
 
Mother of Truth: A Story of Romance and Retribution Based on the Events of My Own Life
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Common Ground - Vol.1, No.1 (Autumn, 1940)
New York: Common Council for American Unity, 1940. First Edition. Premiere issue of the ahead-of-its-time quarterly, devoted to celebrating multicultural Americanism and fighting intolerance and discrimination. With contributions by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., Michael De Capite, and George Schuyler, et al., with a bibliography of children's books about life in...
[Item #25988]
Price: $50.00
 
Common Ground - Vol.1, No.1 (Autumn, 1940)
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New Masses - Vol.X, No.8 (February 20, 1934)
New York: New Masses, Inc. 1934. Contributions to this issue by Myra Page, Langston Hughes, Isidor Schneider, John L. Spivak and others; illustrations throughout by William Gropper, Reginald Marsh, Theodore Scheel, Pearl Binder and Jacob Burck. Cover by Lou. Quarto (30.75cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 32pp; illus. Edges lightly toned, with...
[Item #27126]
Price: $40.00
 
New Masses - Vol.X, No.8 (February 20, 1934)
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New Masses - Vol.X, No.9 (February 27, 1934)
New York: New Masses, Inc. 1934. Contributors to this issue include Boris Israel, Stanley Burnshaw, Marguerite Young, James Steele, and John L. Spivak, et al; illustrations throughout by William Gropper, Louis Arenal, Esther Kriger, Adolf Dehn and others. Cover art by Jacob Burck. Quarto (30.75cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 32pp; illus...
[Item #27128]
Price: $40.00
 
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Poèmes Militants
N.p. [Conakry?]: Parti Democratique de Guinee, 1964. An apparently unrecorded early printing, matching the dimensions and pagination of the Lumumba imprint (issued the same year), but entirely without notice of printing on title page. Poèmes Militants, a collection of terse and aggressive lyrics on Guinean Independence, appeared relatively early on...
[Item #14809]
Price: $200.00
 
Poèmes Militants
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Synergy: An Anthology of Washington D.C. Blackpoetry
Washington, D.C. Energy Blacksouth Press, 1975. First Edition. Anthology of D.C.-area poets, including Sterling Brown, Jodi Braxton, Gaston Neal. Co-edited by E. Ethelbert Miller - one of his earliest published projects. Uncommon in the trade. Octavo (21cm). Die-cut black card wrappers; [x], 107, (8)pp. Slight sunning to spine; Very Good...
[Item #14358]
Price: $25.00
 
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The Black Revolutionary Poet & The Primitive Man [Limited Edition, Signed]
[San Francisco]: Journal of Black Poetry, 1967. First Edition. Collects two powerful poems by the important Bay-area poet and key member of the Black Arts Movement, who co-founded Black Arts West with Ed Bullins. Among the scarcest items by Marvin X; we find no examples of the limited issue in...
[Item #25864]
Price: $250.00
 
The Black Revolutionary Poet & The Primitive Man [Limited Edition, Signed]
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Reveille for Radicals
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946. At the time of its publication, Jacques Maritain called Reveille for Radicals an "epoch-making" book, and time has only reinforced the enduring importance of Alinsky's work. Based upon Alinsky's own experiences in Chicago's "Back of the Yards" district during the waning years of the...
[Item #25130]
Price: $50.00
 
Reveille for Radicals
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Rules For Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals [Review Copy]
New York: Random House, 1971. First Edition. Published shortly before Alinsky's death, Rules For Radicals was an updated version of his "epoch-making" 1946 book Reveille For Radicals. Alinsky's goal for Rules was to create a guide for future community organizers to use in uniting low-income communities, or "Have-Nots," in order...
[Item #25885]
Price: $500.00
 
Rules For Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals [Review Copy]
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Upsurge: Asia and the Pacific. Poems by Rewi Alley
Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1969. First Edition. Octavo. Pictorial card wrappers; 73pp. Foreword by Gordon MacArthur. Light external wear, else a tight, Near Fine copy. Revolutionary poems by the New Zealand communist poet and sinophile.
[Item #25662]
Price: $25.00
 
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God's Children: A Modern Allegory
Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 1903. First Edition. A Socialist freethought fantasy, in which God is re-imagined as an omnipotent but now caring being who wills that "in the near future ... those among you who live in idleness and work not, shall not live upon the blood and sweat of...
[Item #19291]
Price: $150.00
 
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Gods of the Lightning / Outside Looking In
New York: Longmans, Green and Co. 1928. First Edition. Collects two three-act plays, the title play being "a drama that paralleles the events of the Sacco-Vanzetti case," and the other being "a play of the hobo world, based on Jim Tully's Beggars of Life." In an attractive, art-deco dustjacket with...
[Item #20473]
Price: $125.00
 
Gods of the Lightning / Outside Looking In
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Dark Laughter [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First Edition. Novel about "the immediate post-war period in the Middle West, and the effects of the war on a marriage." HANNA 74. Limited Issue, one of 350 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.282. Octavo; 3/4 black paper over vellum...
[Item #24152]
Price: $125.00
 
Dark Laughter [Limited Edition, Signed]
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Kit Brandon: A Portrait
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. First Edition. A later but important work for Anderson, a Depression novel firmly in the proletarian mode. Set in the mountains of Tennessee among textile workers and moonshiners. A tough book to find in nice condition. HANNA 76. BLAKE p.257. BOGER 5. Octavo. Black...
[Item #18736]
Price: $150.00
 
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Marching Men
New York: John Lane Company, 1917. First Edition. Anderson's scarce second novel centered around a dis-illusioned miner's search for meaning and order, who takes it upon himself to marshall the disorganized workers in his town into a disciplined, organized unit. A major proletarian novel, and scarce in any sort of...
[Item #18249]
Price: $350.00
 
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Poor White
New York: B.W. Huebsch, Inc. 1920. First Edition. Anderson's fifth book, a novel centering around the rise of a poor white Tennessee farm worker who became a rich industrialist, the result of an agricultural machinery invention. The book also contains strong strike elements towards the end, where a last-ditch effort...
[Item #18247]
Price: $175.00
 
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Tar: A Midwest Childhood [Limited Edition, Signed]
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. First Edition. Fictionalized memoir about "boyhood and family life in a middle western town." HANNA 80. Limited Issue, one of 350 numbered copies signed by the author, this being copy no.284. Octavo; 3/4 floral-patterned paper over vellum backstrip, with printed title label applied to...
[Item #24149]
Price: $150.00
 
Tar: A Midwest Childhood [Limited Edition, Signed]
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"Trash?" [Anonymous manuscript poem of 149 lines (5pp) in the voice of a Depression-era refugee]
N.p. N.d. A highly accomplished and moving long poem written in the voice of an unemployed mill-town woman during the Great Depression. Unattributed and undated, but apparently (based on paper and degree of wear) contemporary with the events described. Whether actually written by an unemployed mill-worker's wife or by a "trained"...
[Item #19704]
Price: $500.00
 
"Trash?" [Anonymous manuscript poem of 149 lines (5pp) in the voice of a Depression-era refugee]
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The Confession of a Rebellious Wife
Boston: Small, Maynard & Co. 1910. First edition. A scarce American feminist novel, originally published (also anonymously) in the American Magazine for July, 1909. A contemporary reviewer noted of this work: "the writer passes from idealizing a lover whom she fancies she understands, to a state of mind in which...
[Item #11695]
Price: $450.00
 
The Confession of a Rebellious Wife
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Télephe en XII livres
Londres [i.e. Paris]: Et se trouve à Paris, chez Pissot, 1784. First Edition. Pechmeja's best-selling prose poem, published anonymously under the patronage of one Madame de Beauvau, presumably the Marquise de Boufflers. The work enjoyed both enthusiastic and scathing reviews from the most celebrated literary figures of the time. Readers admired the...
[Item #26075]
Price: $2,500.00
 
Télephe en XII livres
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Spring
Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1954. First English Language Edition. 12mo (17cm). Tan cloth boards; dustjacket; blue top-stain; integral ribbon bookmark; 363pp. Near Fine, apparently unread copy in lightly rubbed jacket. Five social-realist stories depicting life on Soviet collective farms. Translated from the Russian by Margaret Wettlin; with an unattributed...
[Item #23716]
Price: $25.00
 
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Poets of Darkness
Jackson, MS: The University Press of Mississippi, 1981. First Edition. A compilation of mining poems by Appalachian scholar and writer, James B. Goode. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Laid in is a newspaper clipping of the book review written by William Paulk. Author's 12-line note, dated 7/16/81, thanks Paulk...
[Item #14798]
Price: $40.00
 
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But Not Yet Slain
New York: A.A. Wyn, Inc. 1947. First Edition. A novel about Washington politics during the post-New Deal era. It follows the optimistic Matt Wells who moves to Washington D.C. with the dream of being a great politician only to be seduced by money, debauchery, and booze. Wells struggles between his...
[Item #16082]
Price: $60.00
 
But Not Yet Slain
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The Raw Edge
New York: Random House, 1958. First Edition. A hard-boiled novel of the New York waterfront, in the vein of Appel's 1930s proletarian crime novels such as Brain Guy and Powerhouse. Like the Shahns, Appel and his wife were charter residents of Jersey Homesteads (later Roosevelt), New Jersey and the four...
[Item #14210]
Price: $400.00
 
The Raw Edge


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