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The Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers
London: R.I.L.U. Magazine / International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers, 1931. First Edition. Padmore was a West Indian, educated in the United States. The current work was issued in conjunction with the first International Conference of Negro Workers, called by the Red International of Labor Unions (RILU) in 1930...
[Item #14174]
Price: $40.00
 
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Biafra Newsletter: Ours Is A World Of Survival
Enugu: External Publicity Committee, Commission for Information, 1967. External propaganda from the short-lived seccessionist state of Biafra, now re-absorbed as a portion of south-eastern Nigeria. Includes much anti-Nigerian as well as anti-Western and anti-Soviet rhetoric; news from the battlefront; and photographic illustrations documenting the Biafrans' ongoing conflict with Nigeria. A....
[Item #14882]
Price: $75.00
 
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Adventures of the Four Stars
Onitsha: Highbred Maxwell / Students Own Bookshop, [1965]. First Edition. Short fiction modeled after tales of Texas gunslingers, depicting African guys in a West Lagos setting. One of numerous examples of the popular market literature that flourished in West African market stalls in the 1960's-70's, especially in Nigeria. HOGG 228...
[Item #19292]
Price: $85.00
 
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Getting To Know Ourselves
London: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications, 1972. First Edition. Text and illustrations targeted to 3 to 7-year-old Afro-English children with the intention of assisting "the young Black child in his search for his identity...to bridge the gap between our peoples in the Old and New Worlds." Text by Bernard Coard, whose earlier work...
[Item #19649]
Price: $125.00
 
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War in Algeria: is Confederation the Answer
New York: American Committee on Africa, (1958). Precis on the Algerian war for independence, from the viewpoint of a committed anticolonialist. The American Committee on Africa was founded in 1953 as an outgrowth of Americans for South African Resistance (AFSAR) to provide assistance to various African anticolonialist movements. Octavo. Staple-bound...
[Item #16269]
Price: $20.00
 
War in Algeria: is Confederation the Answer
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The Caribbean Revolution
Prague: Orbis Press Agency, 1970. First Edition. Analysis of Caribbean social and political movements in Guiana, the West Indies, Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere in the region. Jagan, a leftist, was the Premier of British Guiana from 1961-1964 and later President of independent Guyana (1992-97). Octavo (23cm). Printed wrappers; 218pp. Covers...
[Item #14611]
Price: $20.00
 
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How To Know When A Girl Love You Or Hates You
Onitsha: J.C. Brothers Bookshop, [1971]. First Edition. A volume of "important advice to men and women" in the form of moral parables, essentially teaching women not to trust men who aren't their husbands, and teaching men never to trust women "if you want to leave [sic] long life." One of...
[Item #19287]
Price: $85.00
 
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Down With Starvation Wages in South-East Missouri - 30 Cents an Hour - White and Colored Together
Charleston, MO: Local 313, U..A.P.A.W.A. - C.I.O. 1942. First Edition. Rare agitational pamphlet for the Missouri local of the radical United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America, calling for a unified wage of 30 cents an hour for farmworkers and 45 cents an hour for tractor drivers, regardless...
[Item #16264]
Price: $300.00
 
Down With Starvation Wages in South-East Missouri - 30 Cents an Hour - White and Colored Together
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Forget Me Not. "Determination is the Key to Success"
Onitsha: Highbred Maxwell, [1971]. Fourth Edition. A tragic story of two friends, inseparable from the time they were young, who ultimately die within minutes of each other as teenagers. One of numerous examples of the popular market literature that flourished in West African market stalls in the 1960's-70's, especially in...
[Item #19622]
Price: $85.00
 
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Our Modern Ladies Characters Towards Boys
Onitsha: Highbred Maxwell / Students Own Bookshop, [1959]. Second Edition. Social and relationship advice wrapped up in the form of a moral fable. One of numerous examples of the popular market literature that flourished in West African market stalls in the 1960's-70's, especially in Nigeria. HOGG 754. Slim octavo (20cm);...
[Item #19621]
Price: $85.00
 
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Wonders Shall Never End
Onitsha: Highbred Maxwell / Students Own Bookshop, [1971]. Second Edition. An appreciation of the many wonders in life, nature, and modern innovation. One of numerous examples of the popular market literature that flourished in West African market stalls in the 1960's-70's, especially in Nigeria. HOGG 759. Slim octavo (19cm); chickpea...
[Item #19290]
Price: $85.00
 
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Fireflies
London: Andre Deutsch, 1970. First UK Edition. First Impression. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; 416pp. Faint offset to front endpaper, with discreet evidence of a bookplate removed from front pastedown; Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, else Fine and unrubbed. The author's first novel.
[Item #18115]
Price: $100.00
 
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Miguel Street
New York: Vanguard, 1960. First American Edition. A semi-autobiographical novel set in wartime Port of Spain, Trinidad. First Printing. Octavo; goldenrod cloth, with titles stamped in red and green on spine; dustjacket; 222pp. Forward lean, with a little rubbing to lower board edges; Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped, lightly rubbed...
[Item #19196]
Price: $125.00
 
Miguel Street
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Mr. Stone and the Knights Companion
New York: Macmillan, 1963. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo; brown cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; mauve topstain; dustjacket; 160pp. Fine in a Near Fine, unclipped dustjacket with some pinpoint rubbing to the extremities. A lovely copy of the author's fifth novel. Dustjacket is price-clipped with some...
[Item #18114]
Price: $100.00
 
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The Mystic Masseur
New York: Vanguard, 1959. First American Edition. The Nobel Prize-winning author's first published book, a novel set in Trinidad, where a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur, and soon becomes a revered mystic and politician. Basis for a 2001 film adaptation. First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titling and...
[Item #19197]
Price: $450.00
 
The Mystic Masseur
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Literature For The Masses: An Analytical Study of Popular Pamphleteering In Nigeria
Enugu, Nigeria: Nwankwo-Ifejika & Co. Publishers, 1971. First Edition. Important, critical study of Nigerian market literature, a popular literature form that flourished in West African market stalls in the 1960's and 70's, most of it characterized by sensational (and even slightly prurient) content, rustic production values, and a disarmingly naive...
[Item #19293]
Price: $30.00
 
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The Life in the Prison Yard "It Is A Hard Life"
Onitsha: N.P. [n.d. but ca.1971]. Moral fiction as told by one Mr. Okorinta, an ex-convict who proceeds to detail life in the prison ward. Daily life includes eating without salt, being denied permission to smoke, and segratation from female inmates. One of numerous examples of the popular market literature that...
[Item #19286]
Price: $85.00
 
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Never Trust All That Love You
Onitsha: J.C. Brothers Bookshop, [1971]. 6th Edition, enlarged. "An imaginary story about a married couple who had spent most of their time in playing 'High Life.' This afterwards brought trouble into their domestic set-up." A moral tale designed to teach how to discern the character of others, since "the world...
[Item #19289]
Price: $85.00
 
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Mabel, The Sweet Honey that Poured Away
Onitsha: Membership Bookshop, [1971]. Fourth Edition. A cautionary tale about a Nigerian girl named Mabel, who, once she goes down the path of sexual promiscuity, ultimately comes to a very bad end. One of numerous examples of the popular market literature that flourished in West African market stalls in the...
[Item #19294]
Price: $85.00