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Voices in the Square [Inscribed & Signed]
New York: Coward-McCann, 1938. First Edition. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket; 333pp. General edge wear to jacket extremities, spine a bit sunned, corners bumped, light soil to textblock fore-edge, else Very Good and sound. Inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Professor Babcock...
[Item #24323]
Price: $150.00
 
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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. Peter ABRAHAMS.
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Spearhead
New York: Dial Press, 1946. First Edition. Octavo (20.5cm.); original cloth in pictorial dust jacket; 272pp. Jacket extremities chipped and worn, bottom inch of spine starting to separate, a numer of shallow closed tears and tiny losses at edges, red portion of spine quite sunned, brief residue from previously removed...
[Item #32583]
Price: $25.00
 
Spearhead. Martin ABZUG.
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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. Chinua ACHEBE.
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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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Revelry
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1926. First Edition. Octavo (19cm.); publisher's buckram in red pictorial dust jacket; 318pp. Jacket extremities a bit chipped and rubbed, spine sunned, short closed tear at fore-edge of half title with subsequent crease, contemporary book review clipping mounted to rear free endpaper, else Near Very...
[Item #24279]
Price: $75.00
 
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Common Cause: A Novel of the War in America [Inscribed & Signed]
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); publisher's grey paper-covered boards stamped in pale yellow; [8],468pp.; frontispiece and one plate. Just About Fine, albeit lacking dust jacket. Lengthy inscription on front free endpaper from the author to Baraboo, Wisconsin, newspaper editor H.E. Cole: "My dear Sir: As a....
[Item #24280]
Price: $75.00
 
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Big Ben
Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1942. First Edition. An inspirational novel based on the life of Paul Robeson, focusing primarily on his college years, his football career, and concluding with his "first great triumph on the concert stage." HANNA 2489. COAN p.191. Octavo (21cm). Original tan cloth boards, lettered in brown on...
[Item #14671]
Price: $50.00
 
Big Ben. AFRICAN AMERICANS, PAUL ROBESON, Earl Schenk MIERS.
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Studies in Black Literature, Vol. 8, no. 1, Spring, 1977
[Fredericksburg, VA]: Studies in Black Literature, 1977. First Edition. Quarto (28cm.); original mustard printed staplebound wrappers; 26pp.; text in double columns. Some creasing to extremities from handling, else Very Good and sound. Includes D.H. Melhem's essay "Gwendolyn Brooks: The Heroic Voice of Prophecy."
[Item #32460]
Price: $25.00
 
Studies in Black Literature, Vol. 8, no. 1, Spring, 1977. AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, Raman K. SINGH, ed.
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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. Richard ALDINGTON.
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Women Must Work: A Novel
London: Chatto & Windus, 1934. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine; [8],382,[1]pp. Corners a bit bumped, else Near Fine; lacking dust jacket. Fictional account of an English woman who leaves her comfortable middle class life to join the work force, starting as a private secretary.
[Item #24575]
Price: $25.00
 
Women Must Work: A Novel. Richard ALDINGTON.
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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. Ciro ALEGRÍA.
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Candy
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1934. First Edition. Octavo (20.5cm.); original decorative cloth in off-white pictorial dust jacket by Kent; [8],310pp.; frontispiece, illustrated endpapers. Jacket extremities rubbed, the whole rather toned and lightly soiled, rear panel dampstained though only truly apparent on recto--jacket possibly married as there is no...
[Item #23455]
Price: $125.00
 
Candy. L. M. ALEXANDER, illus Rockwell Kent.
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The Apple and Eve
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1933. First American Edition. Octavo (19.25cm.); original cloth in dark blue pictorial dust jacket signed "Gene" in image; [6],307pp. Minor rubbing to jacket extremities, white portion of spine a bit darkened, quarter-sized loss to bottom edge of upper panel affecting author's name, else Fine/Near...
[Item #30349]
Price: $75.00
 
The Apple and Eve. Jo van AMMERS-KÜLLER, trans Mrs. C. B. Bodde.
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Dark Laughter
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First Trade Edition. Octavo (19.5cm.); original cloth in black pictorial dust jacket; 319pp.; pictorial endpapers in yellow and black. Jacket extremities a bit rubbed, chip at spine crown reinforced with tape to verso, spine a hint cocked, else Near Fine in a Very Good...
[Item #30213]
Price: $300.00
 
Dark Laughter. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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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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Tar: A Midwest Childhood
New York: Boni and Liveright, 1926. First Trade Edition. Octavo (21cm.); original cloth in white pictorial dust jacket, blue topstain; xviii,346pp. Jacket extremities and spine rather toned and a bit rubbed, especially along flap folds; still, a Very Good, solid copy. Autobiographical novel of childhood and family life in the...
[Item #24096]
Price: $125.00
 
Tar: A Midwest Childhood. Sherwood ANDERSON.
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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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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. Charles ANGOFF.
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A Living without a Boss. Illustrated
New York: 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. Anon.
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The County: A Story of Social Life
New York: Pollard & Moss, 1889. Reprint. Novel of two sisters from a prosperous rural British family and the struggles they face when their fortunes change. First serialized in The Cornhill Magazine, edited by William Makepeace Thackeray. Quite scarce in any edition: OCLC lists Iowa's copy only of this imprint;...
[Item #28843]
Price: $75.00
 
The County: A Story of Social Life. ANONYMOUS.
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Ex-Racketeer
New York: Rudolph Field, 1930. First Edition. Short novel, in monologue, in which a New York gangster reviews his sordid career. Dames, dope, and gats a-plenty; presented, in the jacket copy, as "primarily the dramatic story of an unusual man...also a vastly informative book...shedding light on a widely-publicized but little...
[Item #33455]
Price: $350.00
 
Ex-Racketeer. Anonymous.
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The Gang
Indianapolis/New York: Bobbs-Merrill, [ca.1924]. Jacket blurbs spin The Gang as a sort of urban "Huckleberry Finn" about a group of proto-Dead End Kids, set in the then-Jewish ghetto of East Harlem. What goes unremarked upon in the jacket text is that this is a gang of Jewish kids. The East...
[Item #17435]
Price: $250.00
 
The Gang. Joseph ANTHONY.
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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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