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LITERATURE

#24

[Publisher’s dummy, 1897]
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
Uncle Tom’s cabin: a tale of life among the lowly / by Harriet Beecher-Stowe; with over 100 illustrations from original drawings by celebrated artists. – Memorial edition. – Philadelphia ; Chicago: International Publishing Co., 1897. – 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 24 x 17 cm.

[Publisher’s dummy. Comprises samples of alternative bindings, 4 pages of advertising material, title page, preface, and long extracts from the text and many of the plates. Blank pages for orders tipped in following text. – “This work is comprised in one large royal octavo volume, containing 700 pages of closely printed matter and over 100 new half-tone illustrations. It is superbly printed on superior highly calendered paper. Sold only by our authorized agents, as follows: Bound in extra cloth, beautiful gold and chromatic stamping, $2.25; Bound in extra half Morocco, burnished red edges, $3.00; Bound in full Morocco, heavy gold edges, $3.50. Sold exclusively by our authorized agents. Territory canvassed but once.” – Verso of pink advertisement sheet bound in back. – Hard bound front cover and flap bound in extra cloth with gold and chromatic stamping. Back cover bound in half Morocco with burnished red edges. Back inside flap bound in full Morocco with gold lettering.- Light green floral end papers. – Pink sheet with reviews also tipped in front cover]

W W W Uncle Tom’s cabin: a tale of life among the lowly / by Harriet Beecher-Stowe; with over 100 illustrations from original drawings by celebrated artists.

#25

[Book, 1925]
Cullen, Countée, 1903-1946
Color / by Countee Cullen. – [1st ed.] – New York ; London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1925. – 108 p. ; 19.5 x 13.5 cm.
[“Dorothy L. Burnett, 31 Montague Pl., Montclair, N.J.” Signature at top of first paste down. – Partial contents: To you who read my book. – Color. – Epitaphs. – For love’s sake. – Varia. – Hard bound printed abstract paper cover on front and back in red, blue, yellow and white. Yellow cloth spine with small title, author & publisher label pasted on. Yellow label on front with title and author printed in black]

#26

[Book, 1925]
Locke, Alain LeRoy, 1886-1954
Reiss, Winold, 1886-1953
The new Negro: an interpretation / edited by Alain Locke; book decoration and portraits by Winold Reiss. – [1st ed.] – New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1925. – xviii, 446 p. : col. & b&w ill. ; 23 x 16 cm.

 The new Negro: an interpretation / edited by Alain Locke; book decoration and portraits by Winold Reiss. W W W

[Partial list of contributors...: Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, Charles S. Johnson, Walter F. White, Countee Cullen, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert C. Barnes, Eric Walrond, Paul Robeson, Jean Toomer, [Zora Neale Hurston], Langston Hughes, Jessie Fauset, Paul Kellogg. Contents: Part I: The Negro Renaissance. Part II: The New Negro in a New World. Bibliography: Whos Who of the Contributors, p. 415-420; A Selected List of Negro Americana and Africana / compiled by Arthur A. Schomburg, p. 421-425; The Negro in literature, p. 425-429; Negro drama, p. 430-431; Negro music, p. 432- 437; Negro folk lore / compiled by Arthur Huff Fauset, p. 438-443; The Negro race problems, p. 444-446. Seventeen color portrait illustrations by Winold Reiss and six drawings and decorative designs by Aaron Douglas. Hard bound blue front and back boards with title printed in blue on white and white cloth spine with title, author and published printed in blue. Pictorial end papers by Winold Reiss. In dust jacket designed by Winold Reiss]

#27

[Book, 1926]
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Nigger heaven / by Carl Van Vechten. – New York ; London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. – 286 p. ; 24 x 16 cm.
[“Of the first edition of Nigger Heaven two hundred and five copies have been printed as follows: ten on Borzoi rag paper signed by the author and numbered from A to J; one hundred and ninety five copies on Borzoi rag paper signed by the author and numbered from 1-195. This is number 57, [signed] Carol Van Vechten: to my friend, Arthur Spingarn” – Front colophon. – “The type in which this book has been set is based on the design of Caslon... Set up and electrotyped, by the Vail-Ballou Press, Inc., Binghamton, N.Y. Rag Borzoi paper manufactured by the Worthy Paper Association Co., Mittineague, Mass., and furnished by Whitehead and Alliger Co., New York. Printed and bound by the Plimpton Press, Norwood, Mass. – Back colophon. – Hard bound in decorative cloth with black author/title label on spine. – In decorative slip case]

#28

[Book, 1927]
Johnson, Charles S.
Ebony and Topaz: a collectanea / edited by Charles S. Johnson. – New York: Published by Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, National Urban League, 1927. – 164, i.e., [166] p. : ill. ; 30.5 x 24 cm.
[“Opportunity ... A magazine devoted to the interpretation of Negro life and to inter-racial understanding.” – p. [165] – Partial Contents: The first one / a play in one act by Zora Neale Hurston, p. 53-57; Facsimiles of original manuscripts of Paul Laurence Dunbar, p. 95; Our greatest gift to America / by George S. Schuyler, p. 122-124; Who’s who, p. 161. ... – Illustrations: p. [9]. – Illustrations used thru the courtesy of Arthur A. Schomburg: p. [9] – Hard bound in dark blue cloth with gold lettering]

#29

[Book, 1933]
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948.
Banana bottom / Claude McKay. – 1st ed. – New York: Harper & Brothers, 1933. – 317 p. ; 21 x 15 cm.
[Author’s note: “This story belongs to the Jamaican period of the early nineteen hundreds, and all of the characters, as in my previous novels, are imaginary, excepting perhaps Squire Gensir.” – p. [iii] – Glossary: p. [316]-317. – Hardbound (orange-brown decorative cloth, title on top third of spine in black and red). – Illustrated end papers with same design as cloth cover. – In dust jacket (stylized image of a Jamaican village on front and spine printed in black, orange and green; with a short biography of the author on back)]

#30

[Book, 1934]
Hurston, Zora Neale
Jonah’s gourd vine / Zora Neale Hurston; with an introduction by Fannie Hurst. – [1st ed.] – Philadelphia ; London: J.B. Lippincott, 1934. – 316 p. ; 19.5 x 13.5 cm.
[Glossary: p. 313-316. – “Miss Hurston has penetrated into the complicated lore and mythology of her people with an authority and an unselfconsciousness that has not its equal in similar annals. Even through what might easily be dialectic mists, her negroes emerge on the authenticity of her story-telling.” – Preface, p. 7. – Hard bound in green cloth with black lettering]

#31

[Book, 1940]
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960
Native son / by Richard Wright. – 1st ed. – New York; London: Harper & Brothers, 1940. – 359 p. ; 21 x 15 cm.
[“To Dorothy Porter, Sincerely yours, Richard Wright” – Inscription on front end paper. – In dust jacket (with pictorial image by Floethe) – “Richard Wright was born on a plantation in Mississippi, the son of a mill worker and country school teacher. With his family continually on the move, his education and upbringing were erratic. At fifteen he left home, bumming his way all over the country, working at any kind of job from ditch-digging to clerking in a post-office, and always reading everything that fell into his hands. Eventually he became head of the Harlem branch of a New York newspaper. His first book, Uncle Tom’s Children, won first prize in a national contest held by Story. Later, the Guggenheim Committee read Native Son and awarded him a Fellowship.” Blurb on back cover of dust jacket]

#32

[Book, 1942]
Hurston, Zora Neale
Dust tracks on a road: an autobiography / Zora Neale Hurston. – 1st ed. – Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott, 1942. – 294 p. ; 21 x 15 cm.
[Contents: I, My birthplace; II, My folks; III, I get born; IV, The inside search; V, Figure and fancy; VI, Wandering; VII, Jacksonville and after; VIII, Backstage and the railroad; IX, School again; X, Research; XI, Books and things; XII My people! My people!; XIII, Tow women in particular; XIV, Love; XV, Religion; XVI, Looking things over. – Hard bound (beige cloth, title printed in dark brown). – Lacks dust jacket]

#33

[Book, 1951]
Bontemps, Arna Wendell, 1902-1973
Chariot in the sky: a story of the Jubilee Singers / by Arna Bontemps; illustrations by Cyrus Leroy Baldridge. – 1st ed. – Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1951. – 234 p. : ill. : 22 x 15 cm. – (Land of the free; a series of junior historical novels)
[“Arna Bontemps... As librarian at Fisk University, he has had at his disposal detailed and authentic material for this book. – Dust jacket blurb. – “Inscribed to Dr. Charles H. Wesley with warm esteem from Arna Bontemps, 19 May '51” – Inscription on 2nd preliminary page. – Hardbound (Brown-orange cloth cover with title printed in black) – In dust jacket (Civil War image in color on front, spine and back lower two-thirds; with title printed in black on wood grain background on top third) – End papers also illustrated with same wood grain image]

#34

[Book, 1969]
Toomer, Jean
Cane / Jean Toomer; introduction by Arna Bontemps. – New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, c1969. – 239 p. ; 18 x 11 cm.
[“This book was originally published in 1923 by Boni & Liveright, Inc., New York, and is here reprinted by arrangement.” – Verso of title page. – “Cover design by James McMullan.” – On back cover. – Paper bound]

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