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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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Crime Partners
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1974. First Edition. First installment in the Detroit novelist's pseudonymously-published Kenyatta series, a novel that "lays bare the bloody, brutal world of crime in the black ghetto," featuring ex-cons, a ghetto chieftan, and organized crime. Goines, deeply influenced by the works of Iceberg Slim...
[Item #30971]
Price: $35.00
 
Crime Partners. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Al C. CLARK, pseud. of Donald Goines.
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Death List
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1974. First Edition. Second installment in Goines's pseudonymously-published Kenyatta series, a novel centered around ghetto chieftains going to war. Goines, deeply influenced by the works of Iceberg Slim, would crank out 16 novels during his brief literary career; he was found murdered with his...
[Item #30968]
Price: $35.00
 
Death List. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Al C. CLARK, pseud. of Donald Goines.
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Kenyatta's Escape
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1974. First Edition. Third installment in the Detroit novelist's pseudonymously-published Kenyatta series, featuring the black ganglord whose chief ambitions are "cleaning the ghetto of all drug traffic and gunning down all the racist white cops!" (from rear wrapper). Goines, deeply influenced by the works...
[Item #30973]
Price: $50.00
 
Kenyatta's Escape. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Al C. CLARK, pseud. of Donald Goines.
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The Black Gestapo
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1975. First Edition. Scarce pulp novel by the popular Los Angeles-based African American author and Vietnam veteran, who during his career would crank out more than 60 books. The novel is centered around a Black Panther-like organization called the People's Army, which starts out...
[Item #30965]
Price: $150.00
 
The Black Gestapo. AFRICAN AMERICANS, Joseph NAZEL.
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The Big Hit
Los Angeles: Holloway House Publishing Company, 1975. First Edition. Novel of vengeance after a Black father's son is taken from him by a stray bullet from a local crime syndicate. Hitmen are hired, syndicate members are killed, and a war between Godfather's ensues. OCLC finds 14 copies. First Printing, a....
[Item #30980]
Price: $25.00
 
The Big Hit. AFRICAN AMERICANS, James-Howard READUS.
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The China Governess: A Mystery
London: Chatto and Windus, 1963. First U.K. Edition. First Impression. Octavo; olive green paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt and purple on spine; dustjacket; 254pp. Foxing to text edges, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced 18s), lightly edgeworn, spine-sunned, with a tiny chip at crown; Very Good+. HUBIN...
[Item #20918]
Price: $50.00
 
The China Governess: A Mystery. Margery ALLINGHAM.
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Night Dogs [Limited Edition, Signed]
Tucson: Dennis McMillan Publicatons, 1996. First, Limited Edition. The author's highly regarded second novel, following Sympathy for the Devil. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Anderson and James Crumley, this being copy no.99. Octavo; 3/4 marbled paper over quarter black morocco, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket;...
[Item #23420]
Price: $200.00
 
Night Dogs [Limited Edition, Signed]. Kent ANDERSON.
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Regulations No. 5 Relating to the Importation, Manufacture, Production, Compounding, Sale, Dealing in, Dispensing and Giving Away of Opium or Coca Leaves or any Compound, Manufacture, Salt, Derivative, or Preparation Thereof [...] Effective Date, June 1, 1938
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1938. First Edition. Summary of applicable laws relating to the regulation of cocaine and opiates, followed by joint regulations made by the Commissioner of Narcotics and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue for manufacture, dispensing, prescription, record-keeping and taxation. This report promulgated under the reign of...
[Item #19262]
Price: $50.00
 
Regulations No. 5 Relating to the Importation, Manufacture, Production, Compounding, Sale, Dealing in, Dispensing and Giving Away of Opium or Coca Leaves or any Compound, Manufacture, Salt, Derivative, or Preparation Thereof [...] Effective Date, June 1, 1938. H. J. ANSLINGER.
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Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity"
Buffalo: Attica Defense Committee, 1973. Quarto (29cm). Bifolium, on newsprint [4pp]. Paper slightly toned, else a fresh, unworn copy, Very Good to Near Fine. Fundraising brochure for the Attica Defense Committee, calling for the dismissal of indictments against the 28 prisoners indicted for participating in the Attica Prison riots of...
[Item #24943]
Price: $75.00
 
Attica: Two Years Later [drop-title] "We Have The Solution. The Solution is Unity" ATTICA DEFENSE COMMITTEE.
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21056]
Price: $750.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict
[New York]: Published by the Author, 1889. Written during the author's 5-year sentence in Clinton Prison, New York, and self-published in the hopes that "If I can sell enough of my books to earn a living, the temptation that sometimes drives ex-convicts back to crime will, in my case at...
[Item #21473]
Price: $600.00
 
Ups and Downs of a "Crook's" Life. By an Ex-Convict. Samuel A. BAILEY.
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The Evidence of Things Not Seen
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985. First American Edition. Baldwin's examination of the Atlanta child murders (1979-1981), perpetrated by 23 year-old African-American man Wayne Williams, who over a 22 month period killed 28 children. First Printing. Octavo (21.5cm); black cloth over black paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver...
[Item #20716]
Price: $25.00
 
The Evidence of Things Not Seen. James BALDWIN.
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Trent's Own Case
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1936. First American Edition. Bentley's follow-up to his 1913 novel Trent's Last Case, co-written with his friend H. Warner Allen. HUBIN, p.31. First Printing. Octavo; orange cloth, with titles stamped in black on spine and front cover; black topstain; dustjacket; 324pp, [2]. Hint of darkening...
[Item #21927]
Price: $175.00
 
Trent's Own Case. E. C. BENTLEY, H. Warner Allen.
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Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger
New York: Lee Furman, Inc. 1936. First Edition. Pseudonymously-written account by a famous ex-convict, a career forger, whose misdeeds "resulted in prison sentences around the country. He decries racism and convict labor contracts at the Louisiana prison farm; spends a chapter adulating Eugene Debs, his cellmate at Atlanta; praises the...
[Item #19553]
Price: $100.00
 
Where Do I Go From Here? The Life Story of a Forger. Roger BENTON, Lewis E., as told to Robert O. Ballou. LAWES, introduction.
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After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. 1952. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Gray cloth boards, lettered in red on spine; dustjacket; 238pp. Slightly worn and soiled copy in slightly worn and soiled jacket; about VG.
[Item #17207]
Price: $25.00
 
After The Big House: The Adventures of a Parole Officer. Fred BERSON.
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Jerk
San Francisco: Artspace Books, [1993]. First Edition. Slim octavo (21cm.); original red and white photo-illustrated boards; 54pp.; color photographic illus. throughout. Light dust-soil else Fine. Short story based on the confession of David Brooks, one of the accomplices of serial killer Dean Corll (a.k.a. the Candy Man).
[Item #30340]
Price: $15.00
 
Jerk. Nayland BLAKE, art, story Dennis Cooper.
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From Sing-Sing to Liberty. A Novel. Founded upon the play of the same name
New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1907. First Edition. Novelization of the "comedy drama" by Charles E. Blaney, playwright and screenwriter. At head of upper cover: "Cunning the Great Jail Breaker." The play appears to have been produced once, briefly, by the Charles E. Blaney Amusement Co., in Brooklyn, 1908...
[Item #29701]
Price: $150.00
 
From Sing-Sing to Liberty. A Novel. Founded upon the play of the same name. Harry Clay BLANEY, original play Charles E. Blaney.
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Killing Jazz: A Detective Story
New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1928. First Edition. Jazz-age mystery novel featuring Detective Jim Bliss. HUBIN p.41. Octavo; rust-colored cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 252pp. Minor wear to spine ends, rear hinge starting; Very Good+. Dustjacket lightly shelfworn, with a few tiny nicks and...
[Item #27992]
Price: $85.00
 
Killing Jazz: A Detective Story. Christopher BOOTH.
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Stealing Through Life
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1929. First Edition. Narrative account of Ernest Booth, a career criminal who by his own admission was an accomplished burglar and forger. "Booth's career as a thief was punctuated by several brief stays in county jails and over half of a five-year sentence at San...
[Item #19739]
Price: $750.00
 
Stealing Through Life. Ernest BOOTH.
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The Closing Argument of W. E. Borah for the Prosecution, in the Great Coeur d'Alene Riot-Murder Trial, Delivered July 27, 1899, Wallace, Idaho [cover title]
N.p. ca. 1899. First edition, octavo (22cm.); stitched printed self-wrappers; [2],49pp. Very faint toning along edges, else about Fine. A portion of the closing argument delivered at the trial of Paul Corcoran for the killing of James Cheyne during the the Coeur d'Alene's mining strike of April, 1899.
[Item #21777]
Price: $30.00
 
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Crusade
New York: D. Appleton and Co. 1931. First Edition. Novel featuring a small-town Y.M.C.A. leader and municipal reformer who is corrupted by the forces he seeks to destroy. Set in a fictional middle-western town in the midst of bootleg wars, bombings, and general violence. HANNA 435. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm);...
[Item #26597]
Price: $125.00
 
Crusade. Royce BRIER.
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The Screaming Mimi
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. 1949. First Edition. Basis for Gerd Oswald's 1958 film noir, starring Anita Ekberg, Philip Carey, and Gypsy Rose Lee. HUBIN, p.54. First Printing. Octavo; yellow paper-covered boards, with titling and publisher's logo stamped in black to spine and front cover; dustjacket; 248, [8]pp. Slight...
[Item #21947]
Price: $125.00
 
The Screaming Mimi. Fredric BROWN.
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The Jack Brown Story
Chatsworth, CA: By the author, N.d. [ca 1968]. First Edition. First-person narrative of a Texas dope fiend, confidence man and jailbird who finds Christ late in life. Includes photographs of some of Brown's claimed criminal associates, including Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Machine Gun Kelly, and others. Octavo (21.5cm). Staple-bound, pictorial...
[Item #21396]
Price: $25.00
 
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Words From the House of the Dead: An Anthology of Prison Writings from Soledad
Greenfield, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1971. First Edition. Inmate writings from Soledad State Prison. Reproduces many works from the surreptitious, inmate-produced anthology The 6:15 Unlock (of which only ten copies were produced). "These writings were smuggled out. They are anonymous to protect the prisoners themselves" (from the editor's foreword). An...
[Item #21370]
Price: $50.00
 


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