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FAMOUS AFRO-AMERICANS

#46

[Book, 1855]
Nell, William C., 1816-1874 (William Cooper)
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
The colored patriots of the American Revolution, with sketches of several distinguished colored persons: to which is added a brief survey of the condition and prospects of colored Americans / by Wm. C. Nell; with an introduction by Harriet Beecher Stowe. – Boston: Published by Robert F. Wallcut, 1855. – 396 p. : front. ; 20 x 13.5 cm.
[Contents: I, Massachusetts; II, New Hampshire; III, Vermont; IV, Rhode Island; V, Connecticut; VI, New York; VII, New Jersey; VIII Pennsylvania; IX, Delaware; X, Maryland; XI, Virginia; XII, North Carolina; XIII, South Carolina; XIV, Georgia; XV, Kentucky; XVI, Ohio; XVII, Louisiana; XVIII, Florida. – Condition and prospects of colored Americans: p. 311-381. – Appendix: p. 383-396. – “Property of L. G. Barbudaes, Washington, D.C., April 2, ?95?” – Property statement on inside front cover. – Hard bound in brown stamped cloth]

#47

[Book, 1901]
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
Up from slavery: an autobiography / by Booker T. Washington. – New York: Doubleday, Page, 1901. – ix, 330 p. : front. (port.) ; 20.5 x 14 cm.
[Index: p. 321-330. – “This volume is the outgrowth of a series of articles, dealing with incidents in my life, which were published consecutively in the Outlook.” – “S. Ferguson, Schenectady, N.Y.” – Previous owner’s signature. – Preface, p. vii. – Hard bound in maroon with gold lettering]

#48

[Book, 1928]
Vandercook, John W., 1902-1963
Black majesty / by John W. Vandercook; illustrated with drawings by Mahlon Blaine. 1st ed. New York: Literary Guild of America, 1928. x, [209] p. : ill. ; 21.5 x 14.5 cm.
[List of illustrations by Mahlon Blaine: p. ix. Bibliography: p. 204-207. John W. Vandercook [biography]: p. [208]. Tom-Tom [publishers abstract]: p. 209. Ex Libris: Lula Allan. Decorative end papers. Hard bound in cloth with paper image added]

WW Black majesty / by John W. Vandercook; illustrated with drawings by Mahlon Blaine.

#49

[Book, 1936]
Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906
Brawley, Benjamin Griffith, 1882-1939
Paul Laurence Dunbar: poet of his people / by Benjamin Brawley. – [1st ed.] – Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1936. – xi, 159 p. : front. (port.) ; 21 x 14 cm.
[Appendix: The Praise of Dunbar: p. 127-140. – Bibliography: p. 141-151. – Index: p.153-159. – The following pages attempt to give a biography and a critical estimate of the young Negro poet who became famous just as the last century drew to a close. ...” – Preface, p. vii.“To my friends Mr. And Mrs. James A. Porter with every good wish. Benjamin Brawley, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 1936.” – Signed inscription on inside front cover. – Hard bound in dark red cloth with gold lettering. – In dust jacket illustrated with portrait of Dunbar on front cover]

#50

[Book, 1952]
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Laughing to keep from crying / Langston Hughes. – 1st ed. – New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1952. – 206 p. ; 21 x 14.5 cm.
[“Ex Libris, Lula Allan” – Bookplate designed by James A. Porter on inside front cover. – “Esther Popel Shaw, 1952” – Signature above bookplate. – “Inscribed especially for our long-time friend – Esther Popel Shaw, as a gift from Dorothy – Sincerely, Langston, New York, April 18, 1952.” – Signed inscription on inside front cover. – Hard bound in black cloth with blue spine and red lettering. – In pictorial dust jacket, “by designers and illustrators” – Dj blurb]

#51

[Book, 1966]
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
Haley, Alex
The autobiography of Malcolm X / with the assistance of Alex Haley. – [1st British ed.] – London: Hutchinson, 1966. – 462 p. : ill. ; 23.5 x 16 cm.
[Photographs: p. ix. – Foreword / Alex Haley: p. 11-74. – “October, 1966. To Mrs. Dorothy Porter–one of those unsung, generally unappreciated laborers in the cause of research–who makes us authors possible. Every best! Alex Haley” – Signed inscription on inside front cover. – Hard bound in dark brown with silver lettering]

#52

 Leontyne Price: highlights of a prima donna / Hugh Lee Lyon. W

[Book, 1973]
Price, Leontyne, 1927-
Lyon, Hugh Lee
Leontyne Price: highlights of a prima donna / Hugh Lee Lyon. 1st ed. New York: Vantage Press, 1973. 218 p. : ill. ; 21 x 14 cm.
[Appendix A: Principal Events, p. 211-212. – Appendix B: Opera debuts, p. 213-214. Appendix C: Discography, p. 215-216. Appendix D: Honors and membership, p. 217-218. July 12, 1973, to Mrs. Dorothy B. Porter: in appreciation of your contribution and interest in this project. Sincerely, Hugh Lee Lyon. Signed inscription on inside front cover. Hard bound in brown cloth with silver lettering. In dust jacket with photo of Price as Aïda at the Metropolitan Opera House by Louis Melancon on cover. Portrait and short biography of the author on back dj cover]

#53

[Book, 1975]
Ashe, Arthur
Deford, Frank
Arthur Ashe: portrait in motion / Arthur Ashe; with Frank Deford. – [1st ed.] – Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975. – xii, 272 p. : ill. ; 23.5 x 16 cm.
[“... a diary about what I did and the thoughts I had, over the course of a year, Wimbledon to Wimbledon, 1973-1974.” – Preface, p. vii. – “To Dorothy B. Porter, “Leau”, Arthur Ashe.” – Signed inscription on verso of half-title page. – Hard bound in green cloth with black lettering. – In dust jacket with photograph of Arthur Ashe by Todd Friedman]

#54

[Book, 1994]
Gates, Henry Louis, 1950-
Colored people: a memoir / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – 1st ed. – New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. – 216, i.e., [221] p. ; 22 x 15 cm.
[A note about the author: p. [219]. – “This book was set in a digitized version of Caledonia, designed by W.A. Dwiggins (1880-1956). ...” – Colophon. – “May 18, 1994. For Dorothy – with the deepest admiration, gratitude, and affection. Thank you for all that you have done, for our peoples and for me. Best wishes, Skip Gates” – Inscription on title page. – Hard bound in black paper with orange lettering. – In dust jacket with photograph of the author by Jerry Bauer on back]

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