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Mine Boy
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. First American Edition. Second printing, octavo (19.5cm.); original decorative cloth in white price-clipped dust jacket designed by Paul Rand, top edge dyed black; 252,[2]pp. Shallow tears to lower jacket edges and spine foot; some dust soiling, else a Very Good copy. One of the...
[Item #22708]
Price: $45.00
 
Mine Boy
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Girls at War and Other Stories
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1973. First American Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); original two-toned cloth in pictorial dust jacket; 129pp. Jacket edges a touch shelf-worn, else about Fine.
[Item #22707]
Price: $125.00
 
Girls at War and Other Stories
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War On Saturday Week
Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1937. First American Edition. Adam's first novel, dealing with the rise of British political extremism on the left and right in the years leading up to the Second World War. Largely forgotten, Adam was the author of six books between 1937 and 1970, including her highly-regarded semi-autobipographical novel...
[Item #18897]
Price: $85.00
 
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The Beach Umbrella
Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1970. First Edition. Colter's first book, a collection of short stories set mostly in Chicago's African-American communities, "from the ghetto existence to the elite monde of the Hyde Park-Kenwood black community." Winner of the first Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. Octavo...
[Item #14690]
Price: $50.00
 
The Beach Umbrella
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Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 2 (Summer 1971)
Fredericksburg: Studies in Black Literature, 1971. First Edition. Includes "Richard Wright: A Bibliography of Secondary Sources," by Russell C. Brignano. Quarto. Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; 24pp. Faint cover wear, else Fine.
[Item #15891]
Price: $25.00
 
Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 2 (Summer 1971)
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Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 3 (Autumn 1971)
Fredericksburg: Studies in Black Literature, 1971. First Edition. Includes "A Bibliography of Ralph Ellison's Published Writings" by Bernard Benoit and Michel Fabre. Quarto. Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; 28pp. Faint cover wear, else Fine.
[Item #15892]
Price: $35.00
 
Studies in Black Literature. Vol 2, no. 3 (Autumn 1971)
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Studies in Black Literature. Vol 3, no. 1 (Spring, 1972)
Fredericksburg: Studies in Black Literature, 1971. First Edition. Includes "The Negritude Tradition in Literature" a lecture by Bruce McM. Wright. Quarto. Staple-bound, printed card wrappers; 28pp. Faint cover wear, else Fine.
[Item #15893]
Price: $25.00
 
Studies in Black Literature. Vol 3, no. 1 (Spring, 1972)
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Women Must Work: A Novel
London: Chatto & Windus, 1934. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket (some small (ink?) soil spots), top edge dyed black; [8],382,[1]pp. Jacket spine rather faded, head chipped in several places, dust soiling, extremities shelf worn; spine a bit cocked, textblock fine. Very Good in Good or...
[Item #21748]
Price: $35.00
 
Women Must Work: A Novel
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Broad and Alien Is the World...Translated from the Spanish by Harriet de Onís
London: Merlin Press Limited, [1973]. First Thus. Octavo (22cm.); [6],434pp.; original cloth in orange pictorial dust jacket lettered in white and black. Jacket edges rubbed with short closed tears, a couple affecting text without loss of meaning; Fine in Very Good dust jacket. American destributor's price sticker ($6.25) mounted over...
[Item #23011]
Price: $65.00
 
Broad and Alien Is the World...Translated from the Spanish by Harriet de Onís
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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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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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Something About My Father and Other People
New York: Thomas Yoseloff, [1956]. First edition, octavo (21.5cm.); original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in red, in pictorial dust jacket; 366pp. Spine toned, shallow tears along jacket edges not affecting text; Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. A collection of short stories by "the foremost interpreter in fiction of Jewish...
[Item #21354]
Price: $50.00
 
Something About My Father and Other People
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A Living without a Boss. Illustrated
New Haven: Harper and Brothers, 1911. First Edition. Anonymously-written account of a newspaperman's escape from urban dependency and rebirth as a farmer and rural real-estate agent. Highly representative example of the progressive-era 'back-to-the-land' movement genre, celebrating Americans' independence, pluck, and courage in the face of economic adversity. Marketed as a....
[Item #20234]
Price: $200.00
 
A Living without a Boss. Illustrated
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The Gang
Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [ca.1924]. Copies of The Gang are unaccountably rare in commerce, in or out of dustjacket. The present example was likely bound using leftover sheets from the First Edition, published by Henry Holt in 1921. The title page on this copy is a cancel on a stub, and...
[Item #17435]
Price: $250.00
 
The Gang
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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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Fortress in the Rice
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. First Edition. Appel's novel of the Philippine guerrilla movement, which grew out of his experience as an officer in the U.S. Philippine Commission following WWII. The novel was adapted for the 1963 Irving Lerner film Cry of Battle starring Rita Moreno, Van Heflin and James MacArthur. This...
[Item #14215]
Price: $350.00
 
Fortress in the Rice
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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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Post-Caviar: Barnstorming With The Russian Grand Opera
New York: Longmans, Green and Co. 1939. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Pictorial coth boards, stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 210pp; decorated endpapers; illus. Ownership signature in ink to front endpaper, else a tight, fine, unmarked copy. In an indifferent example of the pictorial dustwrapper, spine-toned, soiled...
[Item #20145]
Price: $25.00
 
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Mottke the Vagabond (Mottke Ganef). Translated and Edited by Isaac Goldberg, Ph.D.
Boston: John W. Luce & Co. 1917. First English Language Edition. First appearance in English of this major work by the greatest of the American Yiddish emigre writers of the Twentieth Century. By all indications, this is only the second of Asch's novels to have been translated into English, though...
[Item #17333]
Price: $200.00
 
Mottke the Vagabond (Mottke Ganef). Translated and Edited by Isaac Goldberg, Ph.D.
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The Oxen of the Sun: A Novel of Our Times
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1935. First Edition. Late novel by Bacheller, a journalist and author best-known for founding the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States. A sweeping panorama of American life, centered around several characters from Bacheller's previous novels and covering the era of mass-production, with...
[Item #23347]
Price: $125.00
 
The Oxen of the Sun: A Novel of Our Times
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Man's Last Jungle Struggle. Atavistic Darkness Before Dawn. The Advent of the World's "Spirit of Truth." Volume One
Detroit: M.M. Bailey Publishers, 1912. "Second Thousand" A substantial and apparently unrecorded work of radical reform fiction. The author compares the latter stages of Capitalism to the brute struggle of savages; Socialism will initiate the "World's Spirit of Truth." This is presumably the second printing of Volume One, but neither...
[Item #18984]
Price: $200.00
 
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Black Country
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1928. First American edition. Octavo. Black cloth w/ paper spine label (hardcover); 390pp. A clean, fresh copy, free of wear but lacking jacket. British social fiction set among the miners and laborers of the English Midlands.
[Item #2206]
Price: $12.00
 
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Dangling Man
New York: Vanguard Press, 1944. First Edition. A well-preserved copy of the Nobel Prize winner's first novel, produced under wartime conditions and famously hard to locate in attractive condition. HANNA 308. Octavo (20.5cm); tan cloth, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; maroon top-stain; dustjacket; 191pp. Hint of darkening...
[Item #17003]
Price: $1,800.00
 
Dangling Man
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The Fire Eater
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1948. Later printing. Fourth printing. Octavo (20cm); blue cloth boards; dustjacket; 394pp. Tight, Near Fine copy in a bright example of the uncommon photomontage dustwrapper, just lightly worn at folds and spine ends; Very Good.
[Item #20142]
Price: $60.00
 
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Men In Battle
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. First Edition. Uncommonly nice copy of Bessie's uncommon first novel, of American soldiers fighting for the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Based on Bessie's own experiences as a volunteer in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion - a period of his life which would...
[Item #16587]
Price: $250.00
 
Men In Battle


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