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The Naxalites
Delhi: Lok Publications, 1979. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards; dustjacket; 112pp. Light external wear, still Near Fine in a lightly worn jacket. The prolific author/filmmaker's fictional documentation of the Indian communist youth movement of the Seventies and Eighties; the basis for Abbas's 1980 award-winning Bollywood film of the same...
[Item #28208]
Price: $75.00
 
The Naxalites. Khwaja Ahmad ABBAS.
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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. Ivan ABRAMSON, novel, POLITZER, Irving, jacket design.
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Beware, Soul Brother and Other Poems
Enugu, Nigeria: Nwankwo-Ifejika & Co. 1971. First Edition. Uncommon collection of poems by the celebrated African author. "Most of the poems were first published in Nigeria...and were written over a period of four years during the civil war and its immediate aftermath. The first collection contained twenty-three poems; a second...
[Item #21743]
Price: $100.00
 
Beware, Soul Brother and Other Poems. Chinua ACHEBE.
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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). Louis ADAMIC.
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Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]
Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1972. First Edition. Anthology of prison writings by inmates of the Norfolk Prison Colony in eastern Massachusetts. Foreword by Elma Lewis, under whose auspices much of the work was completed. With an introduction by James A. Lang, an inmate who presumably shared the editorial credit...
[Item #29341]
Price: $45.00
 
Who Took The Weight? Black Voices From Norfolk Prison [Review Copy]. AFRICAN AMERICANS - PRISONS, Elma LEWIS.
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The Duplex: A Black Love Fable in Four Movements
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1971. First Edition. Bullins's third book, a four-act fable written in dramatic form. Bullins perhaps the best-known playwright to emerge from the Black Arts movement, and a leading exponent of African-American political theater. First Printing. Octavo (21cm); beige cloth, with titles stamped in black...
[Item #29344]
Price: $100.00
 
The Duplex: A Black Love Fable in Four Movements. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Ed BULLINS.
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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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Reveille for Radicals
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946. First Edition. 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...
[Item #27590]
Price: $375.00
 
Reveille for Radicals. Saul D. ALINSKY.
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Reveille for Radicals
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946. Second Printing. 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...
[Item #28798]
Price: $100.00
 
Reveille for Radicals. Saul D. ALINSKY.
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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]. Saul D. ALINSKY.
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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
 
Upsurge: Asia and the Pacific. Poems by Rewi Alley. Rewi ALLEY.
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Le Avventure di Una Piccola Capra (Novella)
Torino: Edizioni Era Nuova, 1949. Second edition. Octavo. Printed wrappers; 32p. Covers slightly worn and soiled; text tanned at margins; Very Good. Boschi (1871-1956) was a militant anarchist and close associate of Malatesta. We find only three institutional holdings for this uncommon Anarchist fable; the first edition was published in...
[Item #11195]
Price: $150.00
 
Le Avventure di Una Piccola Capra (Novella). ANARCHISM, FICTION, Amedeo BOSCHI.
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A Politician in Sight of Haven. Being a Protest Against the Government of Man by Man
Boston: Benj. R. Tucker, 1890. First Separate Edition. A statement of Herbert's libertarian philosophy. A somewhat uncommon Tucker imprint in quite nice condition. Sewn pamphlet. Octavo; printed blue wrappers; 24pp. Just mild external wear to wrappers, else Fine. Reprinted from the "Fortnightly Review."
[Item #12131]
Price: $125.00
 
A Politician in Sight of Haven. Being a Protest Against the Government of Man by Man. ANARCHISM, LIBERTARIANISM, Auberon HERBERT.
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Common Ground - Vol.II, No.3 (Spring, 1942)
New York: Common Council for American Unity, 1942. First Edition. Highly important single issue of the CCAU's monthly literary magazine, issued from 1940-49, which was devoted to bridging ethnic and minority differences and to reflecting America's cultural diversity. This issue includes a substantial (13pp) short story by Woody Guthrie, "Ear...
[Item #28976]
Price: $100.00
 
Common Ground - Vol.II, No.3 (Spring, 1942). M. Margaret ANDERSON, Woody GUTHRIE, , Pearl S. Buck, Thomas Mann, Langston Hughes, contributors.
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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]. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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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]. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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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. Anonymous.
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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: $1,800.00
 
Télephe en XII livres. ANONYMOUS, Jean PECHMEJA.
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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. Benjamin APPEL.
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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. Benjamin APPEL.


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