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1 Anderson, Izett ; Frank Cundall JAMAICA NEGRO PROVERBS AND SAYINGS
London Institute of Jamaica 1927 Second Revised Edition Softcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Collected and Classified According to Subjects. 1927 Edition. Pictorial wrappers, toned at spine, faint crease at top right corner. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe  including "Traite de paix entre l'Angleterre & les Caraïbes de l'isle Saint-Vincent", Anonymous
2 Anonymous Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe including "Traite de paix entre l'Angleterre & les Caraïbes de l'isle Saint-Vincent"
Genève [but probably Paris] Ch.- J. Panckoucke 1773 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
On offer here is an attractive volume in 18th century full calf, bound in the French style, (flat spine with floral tools in gilt, red label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges decoratively stained red). The volume in which these interesting numbers of the now-scarce 'Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe' is in a handsome contemporary binding which shows only minor rubbing -- mostly along the hinges, apart from some moderate fraying and loss at the corners and erosion of the top cap of the spine, exposing the headband. The original swirl-marbled endpapers are intact and the inner hinges are tight and secure; the sewing is sound and tight throughout. There are scattered brown marks and paper flaws, reflecting the mediocre quality of the paper selected for this journal, which was hardly expected to last for 240 years. This volume contains issues 10-18 of the interesting periodical "Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe," covering events of April-June of 1773. This journal was published every 10 days for the active Parisian publisher and bookseller Charles-Joseph Panckoucke. One of the "différentes Cours de L'Europe" in which events were covered extensively was London, with pages of details of goings on in England and its colonies offered in each issue. There is an unusually detailed account, with full text (in French) of a significant treaty signed by a representative of King George III: "Traite de paix entre l'Angleterre & les Caraïbes de l'isle Saint-VIncent." This appears on pp. 45-48 of Numero 12 -- issued 30 Avril, 1773. The treaty is presented as having been agreed to on the 17th "de ces mois," and so it is very much in the category of breaking news. This treaty is now fairly (but undeservedly) obscure, but the situation it attempted to settle grew out of one famous treaty, from ten years before and it proved to be a fascinating precursor to another more famous treaty, signed ten years later. In one of the lesser re-assignments of the territories of the world effected by the 1763 Treaty of Paris at the conclusion of the Seven Years' War -- Britain was awarded the right to rule over the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent. The island's history, of course, is much older; native American Arawak and Carib tribes settled over several centuries on a number of islands in the Lesser Antilles including St.Vincent. The Arawaks arrived around 100AD, and the Caribs about a thousand years later. The Caribs, more organized and aggressive, subdued and absorbed the culture of the Arawaks. Shortly after the first British claim on Saint Vincent in 1627, two Dutch ships carrying captured Nigerians destined for slavery were shipwrecked in 1635 off the coast of St. Vincent. Some of the Africans were able to swim ashore and find shelter in the Carib villages. This population of Africans and their descendants was augmented over the years, including in 1675 when a ship carrying British settlers and their slaves was shipwrecked between St. Vincent and Bequia. Only the slaves survived the shipwreck and they also came to live and mix with the native mixed Carib-Arawak population. A certain number of escaped slaves from nearby Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia also added to the African-Carib population. After some friction, and even wars, eventually the native Caribs and the newer African arrivals merged and blended their cultures. British settlers distinguished them as "Black Caribs" and "Red (or yellow) Caribs. The "Black" people so-designated by outsiders preferred to call themselves Garifuna. Throughout some of this period, there were French settlers who arrived with the intention of making their living as planters. They seemed to get along with the native population with less friction, but the British land owners seemed united in their desire to form large plantations and to run the Caribs off the most desireable land. They tried to buy the land, tried military action with the minor forces available, but the "Black" Caribs resisted both efforts. The British raised the stakes by sending Major General William Dalrymple, with troops borrowed from around the Caribbean and augmented by two regiments which were sent from North America (Dalrymple himself had been dispatched from Boston, where he had technically been in command of troops involved in the Boston Massacre, although he himself had not been present). Despite his best efforts, Dalrymple was unable to subdue the resisting Caribs, led by the now-legendary Chief Joseph Chatoyer -- who knew the windward side of the islands and the hills far better than any of their combantants. In February, opponents of the Government of Lord North raised objections in Parliament, and obtained votes which compelled the British Government to end the fighting and secure peace on the best terms possible. The French language text offered here appears to be a word for word version of the 24 articles of the English treaty published in the 'Saint Vincent Gazette' of 27 February 1773. One article, number VIII, is of extraordinary interest concerning Slavery and the trade (which would continue in the British possessions for nearly another sixty years). The heart of this article requires that Runaway Slaves in the possession of the Caribs are to be given up, that efforts must be made to discover and capture others, and it must be agreed that no future efforts to encourage, receive or harbour other slaves shall be made, under the penalty of fortiture of lands. Finally, it was stated that removal of Slaves from the Island constituted a Capital crime. The Caribs were required to pledge allegiance to King George III, but were made British subjects (which gave legal standing to enforce article VIII, of course). In return, the British ceded a well-defined portion of the Island to the Caribs -- (called the prettiest and most fertile part of the land by at least one subsequent scholar). Thus concluded the first Anglo-Carib War. This treaty did not endure for the ages... During three days in June of 1779, French ships fighting on behalf of the Revolutionaries in (North) America quickly took possession of Saint Vincent (with the assistance of Joseph Chatoyer and the "Black Caribs"). But in the Treaty of Versailles which was an ancillary treaty to the Treaty of Paris 1783 by which Britain also recognized the end of the American Revolutionary War saw the British restored as sovereigns over Saint Vincent. Relations between the British and their once-again subjects, the Caribs, disintegrated. The situation brought about a second Anglo-Carib war (1794-6), once again led by Joseph Chatoyer. As in the first war, the Caribs gave the British forces all they could manage for over a year, but after the death in battle of Chatoyer on March 14, 1795, the end seemed inevitable, although fighting raged throughout St. Vincent over the next year with both sides sustaining heavy losses. The final battle took place at Vigie on June 10th, 1796. After a night of arduous fighting the Caribs approached the British with a truce flag. The victorious British then did a remarkable thing, which has repercussions lasting throughout the Caribbean and extending to South and North America through the present time. They sorted the 5000 Caribs who surrendered, separating the darkest skinned individuals, and those with the most "African" features, from the "Yellow Caribs." This darkest majority of the so-called Black Caribs were first sent to Balliceaux in the Grenadines and then on to Bequia. Eventually, in 1797 the survivors were transported hundreds of miles to the island of Roatan off the Honduran coast in Central America. This extraordinary settlement has permanently affected the modern populations of Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The 1773 treaty offered in its French version here, may have become moot in just over six years, but it will stand forever as the first time that Britain was compelled by military force to negociate a treaty as equals with indiginous citizens of the New World. The incident has lasting imporance to African American history, and the lamentable history of the Slave Trade. (There is even a painting which records the negotiations for the treaty -- commissioned of the itinerant artist Agostino Brunias by Sir William Young, a major landowner on Saint Vincent, who became governor of Dominica; lithographs based on the painting were sold). Of course, there is much other news from all over Europe in these pages, including an interesting account from the future United States with details of the grant of land to Phineas Lyman and some of his fellow veterans of the French and Indian Wars. General Lyman was the most experienced American soldier of the period prior to the Revolution. He moved to England after 1762 and spent the next nine years petitioning for a grant of land in the newly established colony of West Florida. A tract near Natchez (now Mississippi) was granted by royal charter in 1772. Lyman led a band of settlers to the region in 1773 -- (see pp. 42-3 of Numero 11, 20 Avril, 1773). There is much in these pages about the troubles of the East India Company, and the Wilkes affair, as well. And, finally, there is an account of a significant incident in the tensions which moved events towards the American Revolution. Colonial Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson, in a speech to the assembly, argued that either the colony was wholly subject to Parliament, or that it was effectively independent. The Boston Provincial Assembly's response, authored by John Adams, Samuel Adams, and Joseph Hawley, countered that the colonial charter granted autonomy -- and was described in an account on pages 39-40 of Numero 13, 10 Mai, 1773. 
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Boston B. J. Brimmer Co 1927 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Autograph; Inscribed and SIGNED by Braithwaite on the half-title to Mr. and Mrs. Mather and Bill. Also a Christmas card laid-in to the Mathers and their children from Stanley (Braithwaite) dated 1935. Clean and tight in original binding of brown cloth over brown boards with title labels at spine and front board. Labels a bit rubbed. Poetry anthology including works by Countee Cullen, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and others.; Signed by Editor; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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MAGGIE'S AMERICAN DREAM  The Life and Times of a Black Family, Comer, James P. ; [SIGNED to Katharine Graham]
4 Comer, James P. ; [SIGNED to Katharine Graham] MAGGIE'S AMERICAN DREAM The Life and Times of a Black Family
New York New American Library 1988 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; Inscribed and SIGNED by the author on ffep to Katharine Graham -- Katharine Graham (1917-2001) was the Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company. She was a noted Washington hostess, whose dinner table served so many of the powerful, influential and interesting people during their tenure in the Nation's Capitol. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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5 Connelly, Marc ; Robert Edmond Jones (illustrator); Richard Berry Harrison (SIGNED) THE GREEN PASTURES
New York Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. 1930 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 4to 11" - 13" tall 
Autograph; 141 pages; Clean and tight in publisher's green cloth binding in very good dustjacket with large chip at base of spine. Inscribed and SIGNED on the ffep by Richard B. Harrison who portrayed "De Lawd" in the first performance of the play at the Mansfield Theatre, New York City, February 26, 1930. A Fable suggested by Roark Bradford's Southern Sketches, "Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun." Includes the lyrics for several wonderful spirituals. Beautiful black and white illustrations by R. E. Jones. Printed by Lakeside Press. The fanciful rendering of an Old Testament fantasy performed by an all black cast. This work was the winner of the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and adapted into the 1936 movie of the same name, which was considered a milestone in American cinema. Richard Berry Harrison (1864 - 1935) was a renowned actor, teacher, dramatic reader and lecturer. He was featured on the cover of TIME magazine on March 4, 1935. Harrison's parents had escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad, and he was born in London, Ontario, Canada. His mother named him Richard after seeing a performance of Shakespeare's Richard III. Her interest in theatre placed Harrison on the way to becoming an actor. After moving to Detroit, he studied at the Detroit Training School of Dramatic Art, and privately with British drama coach Edward Weitzel, drama editor for the Detroit Free Press. From 1892 to 1896, Harrison traveled the U.S., performing as a dramatic reader. Harrison’s repertoire included works from Shakespeare and poetry from his friend Paul Laurence Dunbar, including promotional tours for Dunbar's book Oak and Ivy. Harrison was quite well known having played the role of "de Lawd" in more than 1,650 performances of The Green Pastures. The show ran for 16 months, then toured, appearing in more than 203 cities and towns.; Signed by Actor 
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East Hampton, from the Church Belfry [ Hand-colored wood engraving ], Fenn, Harry
6 Fenn, Harry East Hampton, from the Church Belfry [ Hand-colored wood engraving ]
New York D. Appleton 1873 Engraving Very Good 8 7/8" x 6 3/16" 
from Picturesque America; Wood Engraving; 1 pages; A beautifully hand-colored engraving of East Hampton viewed from the Church Belfry, Long Island, New York, from Picturesque America. Image 8 7/8 x 6 3/16" (11" x 14" matted). Matted in white stock with clear mylar. Shows a young boy and an old man gazing out of the Church Belft looking across the town with the sea and cliffs in the background. There is another church spire as well as a windmill in the town. Engraved on wood after a drawing by Harry Fenn (1838-1911). From the text: "EAST HAMPTON, a township of Suffolk county, New York, in the extreme S.E. part of Long Island, occupying the peninsula of Montauk, and bounded on the S. and E. by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the N. by Block Island Sound, Gardiners Bay and Peconic Bay. The township, 25 m. long and 8 m. at its greatest width from north to south, has an irregular north coast-line and a very regular south coast-line. The surface is rougher to the west where there are several large lakes, notably Great Pond, 2 m. long. The scenery is picturesque and the township is much frequented by artists. From Sag Harbor, which is a port of entry, a daily steamer runs to New York city." 
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The Well-Spent Hour. No. I. [and more], Follen, Eliza Lee Cabot ; (1787-1860)
7 Follen, Eliza Lee Cabot ; (1787-1860) The Well-Spent Hour. No. I. [and more]
Boston Wait, Greene & Co. 13, Court Street. Press of Isaac R. Butts & Co., 1828 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good- 16mo 
108 pages; Contemporary (probably publisher's) boards backed with plain linen cloth. Brief contemporary ink inscription on the front free endpaper -- no other marks. The binding is worn and rubbed, with modest damage to the cloth at the top of the spine and some superficial splitting along the outer hinge. The author of this scarce and important American book intended for children was Eliza Lee Cabot, whose biographical notices present her as the daughter of a noted abolitionist and the wife of another. Both facts are true, but Eliza Lee Cabot deserves attention as a succesful writer and avid abolitionist on her own account. Her father, Samuel Cabot of Boston died in 1819, ten years after her mother had died. So Eliza and her two sisters established a independent household of their own. During those years, Eliza's friend and fellow author Catharine Sedgwick, introduced her to Charles Follen - German poet and patriot, who had moved to the United States in 1824. Follen had been born Karl Theodor Christian Friedrich Follen in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany [1796-1840]. Renaming himself "Charles" - Mr. Follen moved to the Boston area, after receiving helpful introductions from the Marquis de Lafayette. Charles Follen, whose departure from Europe had been made necessary by his radical devotion to republican ideals, was eventually to become the first professor of German at Harvard University. But it should be remembered that he was nine years younger than Eliza Cabot, who, in many respects had initially been a mentor to her future husband. They married in 1828, establishing a household in Cambridge at the corner of Waterhouse Street and what is now Follen Street, with the substantial assistance of Eliza's Cabot relatives. The Follens were friends and colleagues with most of the New England Transcendentalists, and helped introduce them to German Romantic thought. Charles Follen died young when returning to Boston from a lecture tour when the steamship "Lexington" caught fire and sank in a storm in the Long Island Sound in 1840. His widow, Eliza survived him by almost twenty years and wrote a number of books during that time, including a five volume set of 'The works of Charles Follen, with a memoir of his life' - in 1846. But our anonymous book, "The Well-Spent Hour' is her first publication, and the only work Eliza published before she married Charles Follen. Initially, these little stories were separately published, the first one appearing from Wait, Greene & Co. in 1827. Our volume gathers Eliza Cabot Follen's "Well-Spent Hours" tales originally numbered 1, 3-7 and 11-12 in a plain binding of boards, with an 1828 title page from the original publishers (at their early address: "13, Court Street" in Boston). And while it does state: "Second Edition" we can find no earlier "collected" edition. [OCLC is distinctly unhelpful, with much confusion of the individual parts; the American Antiquarian Society has a carefully catalogued volume which precisely matches the details of ours offered here - (apart from theirs having coloring to the vignette engraving on their title page), including the binding in cloth-backed boards, and the odd pagination: [ 10, [1], 4-11, [4], 4-13, [2], 4-15, [2], 4-15, [2], 4-15, [2], 4-17, [2], 4-16 pp. -- see AAS CL F6675 W39 1828 -- Record ID:252930]. AAS has a considerable holding of the individual parts in wrappers, but no collected edition earlier than this 1828 "Second edition." There was a "third edition" which appeared in 1832 (with the copyright in Charles Follen's name!). That edition was used for the preparation of a British edition edited by the Rev. Samuel Wood. [Curiously, Wood used his editorial judgement to excise Eliza Follen's description, in great detail, from a mother to her curious daughter concerning the structure and function of the human eye and its connection from retina to the brain -- "as he was informed by an eminent oculist that it was not correct, as given in the original edition (i.e., ours). The curious can judge for themselves by reading the second tale in our volume, which certainly seems startlingly up-to-date in its presentation of the matter, for a children's book from the late 1820's]. The modern scholar Phyllis Moe wrote of Eliza Cabot Follen that "Although her children's poetry is now almost forgotten, [she] was a pioneer who turned from the harsh, marbid verse characteritic of early 19th-c. American children's poetry to rhymes frankly meant to give more pleasure than instruction." Additionally, her place in the history of the abolitionist movement is secure. Even though she was criticized by some opponents as too radical, Eliza Follen lectured widely on the subject and helped to organize antislavery bazaars to raise necessary funds for the cause. As a writer, she edited the abolitionist annual -- "The Liberty Bell," and wrote contributions for the Anti-Slavery Tract Collection. Not to mention her 1855 book: "To Mothers in the Free States." Her work certainly deserves modern attention, and it can be asserted that this first book of hers is quite rare in commerce. In addition to the AAS copy mentioned above, Harvard has a copy which is catalogued in less detail, but may also correspond to our 1828 edition -- [see HOLLIS Number : 007131874 -- Houghton *57-1040 no.4]. 
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LIFE, LETTERS AND ADDRESSES OF AARON FRIEDENWALD, Friedenwald, Harry, ed. ; (Aaron Friedenwald) [SIGNED]
8 Friedenwald, Harry, ed. ; (Aaron Friedenwald) [SIGNED] LIFE, LETTERS AND ADDRESSES OF AARON FRIEDENWALD
Baltimore Lord Baltimore Press 1906 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 4to Signed by Author
Autograph; 356 pages; Clean and tight in original burgundy cloth with gilt lettering at spine. A limited edition "Printed for private circulation". This biography, plus letters and speeches of an immigrant Jewish doctor in Baltimore was written by Harry Friedenwald "ophthalmologist, educator, medical historian, rare-book collector & pioneer in the Zionist movement" INSCRIBED by the author. Both Harry and Aaron Friedenwald were members of the distinguished Baltimore family founded by Joseph Friedenwald who immigrated to Baltimore from Germany in 1832. Their father (Aaron) was also a respected physician in Baltimore. Interesting ephemera laid-in; e.g., invitation to lecture by Harry F., newspaper obituary of Aaron F., offprint memorial of Herbert F. (editor of the American Jewish Yearbook). A very interesting book from the perspective of medical history, history of the Jewish community in Baltimore and much valuable genealogical information on the Friedenwald family. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Life of Jehudi Ashmun, Late Colonial Agent in Liberia, Gurley, Ralph Randolph
9 Gurley, Ralph Randolph Life of Jehudi Ashmun, Late Colonial Agent in Liberia
Washington DC James C. Dunn 1835 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
396; 160 pages; With an Appendix, containing extracts from his Journal and other Writings; with a brief Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Lott Cary. Contemporary full calf, edges of the boards showing considerable, deep rubbing, flat spine has the surface nearly rubbed away, hinges cracking, but still holding. A solid copy, but no longer handsome. Frontispiece portrait of Jehudi Ashmun w/ tissue guard. Scattered foxing throughout, with several gatherings somewhat toned brown. Jehudi Ashmun [1794-1828] reorganized the Liberian mission shortly after arriving in 1822 as principal Agent of the American Colonial Society. While his tenure was marked by various difficulties and controversies, most sources agree that he found Liberia on the verge of collapse, and left it a strong and vibrant colony of over 1200, suppressing two rebellious attacks with a small force of 35 men and boys, facing overwhelming numbers among the rebels. The appendices are particularly of interest, including the whole text of Ashmun's :The Liberia Farmer" -- a practical pamphlet advising the industrious settlers on the climate of Africa, the soils of their region, fencing, manures and other preparations, and the sorts of crops which might be cultivated to best advantage: rice, indian corn and cassada, yams, sweet potatoes, plantains, bananas and oranges, limes and other fruits, pineapples, cotton, sugarcane, coffee, indigo, ginger, etc. At the very end of the volume is a section, with a separate half title, devoted to the life of Lott Cary, an African American born into slavery near Richmond, Virginia. Cary managed to teach himself to read and write, and became an invaluable warehouseman in tobacco cultivation, to the point that he saved enough from selling odd bits and pieces left over from the parcels consigned to his warehouse that he was able to buy his freedom and that of his two children - for $850, a substantial sum in 1813. Lott Cary was the first Baptist missionary to Liberia and ran the affairs of the Liberian colony after Ashmun's first departure, and it was recommended that his leadership be made official and permanent when Cary died suddenly as the result of his hands-on approach to the defense of a property of the Colony at Digby, near Monrovia. This storehouse had been robbed by natives, who had allowed slave traders to make use of the facility. Lott Cary organized a defensive force; he and several others were killed when a candle was overturned while Cary and his men were loading gunpower into cartridges. [See The Journal of Negro History 7, no. 4 (October 1922), 380-418]. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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The African Repository for 1872 - Vol. XLVIII, Nos. 1 thru 12 [12 issues complete], Gurley, Ralph Randolph
10 Gurley, Ralph Randolph The African Repository for 1872 - Vol. XLVIII, Nos. 1 thru 12 [12 issues complete]
Washington American Colonization Society 1872 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
This book comprises all twelve issues of The African Repository for the year 1872 bound together in plain black cloth with marbled page edges. Cloth has a tear at base of spine, ex-libris but no markings. Contents clean and tight, unmarked, no foxing. Some of the articles include: The Diamond Fields of South Africa, The Bank of West Africa, The Caffres of South Africa, The Present African Slave Trade, Interesting Letter from Dr. Livingston, An African's Plantation, etc. In 1825 the American Colonization Society began this quarterly publication, The African Repository and Colonial Journal, edited by Ralph Randolph Gurley (1797-1872). The journal promoted both colonization and Liberia. Among the items printed were articles about Africa, letters of praise, official dispatches stressing the prosperity and steady growth of the colony, information about emigrants, and lists of donors. 
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THE FISK UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE [ Hand-colored wood engraving ], Harper's
11 Harper's THE FISK UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE [ Hand-colored wood engraving ]
New York Harper's Weekly 1876 Engraving Very Good 7" x 9" 
Wood Engraving; 1 pages; A wonderful hand-colored wood engraving depicting Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Matted in white stock with clear mylar. Image measures 7" by 9" (11" x 14" matted) From Harper's Weekly, January 1876. This wonderful architectural print of the University includes several figures in the foreground including African American students. Fisk University is a private, historically African American university founded in 1866 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 40-acre campus is an historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1930, Fisk was the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school was named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau, who made unused barracks available to the school, as well as establishing the first free schools for white and black children in Tennessee. 
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The Art of D.C. Politics - Broadsides, Banners and Bumper Stickers, Haskins, Faye P
12 Haskins, Faye P The Art of D.C. Politics - Broadsides, Banners and Bumper Stickers
Washington, DC Historical Society of Washington 2000 Paperback Near Fine 8vo 
Washington History, Volume 12, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2000/2002; Clean and tight in original wrappers. Other articles in this issue of Washington History include: Growing Up in Washington (I, II, III, IV) by Austin Kiplinger; The Telephone Comes to Washington: George C. Maynard, 1839-1919 by Richard T. Loomis ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THE TREND OF THE RACES, Haynes, George Edmund
13 Haynes, George Edmund THE TREND OF THE RACES
Council of Women for Home Missions 1922 First Edition Stiff Wrappers Very Good+ 8vo 
With an Introduction by James H. Dillard. This African-American author, the first Black to earn a PhD at Columbia, was the co-founder of the National Urban League and Director of the Bureau of Negro Economics in the US Department of Labor. Black contributions to society and art, discussing the future of race relations; sixty years of progress; the trend of the Negro World; the Negro's offering to the stars and stripes (African Americans in American wars from the Revolution through World War I); the trend of the white world; a way to interracial peace. Illustrated w/ photos of blacks in industry, military units, shacks & homes, churches & colleges. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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En Amérique - De New-York a la Nouvelle-Orléans, Huret, Jules
14 Huret, Jules En Amérique - De New-York a la Nouvelle-Orléans
Paris Bibliothéque Charpentier 1913 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
3 p.l., 420 pages; Contemporary dark blue ribbed cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Minor toning to the text leaves, tiny (3 mm.) tear at the top of the spine -- several leaves have minor marks apparently left by pressed flowers (no longer present). The first of two volumes of travels in America by the noted French journalist and critic Jules Huret, -- [1863-1915]. In these pieces, originally written for 'Le Figaro,' it is natural that Huret should travel to New Orleans to examine life there a century after the Louisiana Purchase. The final four pieces in Huret's book pertain to African Americans, including a well-known trip to the Tuskegee Institute. Text in French. The book edition was first published in 1904; Huret's friend Octave Mirbeau proposed Huret's series of reports from America for the prix Goncourt. Huret also passed through Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, made a visit to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and devoted a chapter -- "le Football" to the Harvard-Yale game. 
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A Ferry on the French Broad [ Hand-colored wood engraving ], Karst, John   ;  Harry Fenn
15 Karst, John ; Harry Fenn A Ferry on the French Broad [ Hand-colored wood engraving ]
New York D. Appleton 1873 Engraving Very Good 6" x 9" 
from Picturesque America; Wood Engraving; 1 pages; A beautifully hand-colored engraving of the French Broad River (N.C. and Tenn.) from Picturesque America. Image size 6" x 9" (11" x 14" matted). Matted in white stock with clear mylar. Engraved on wood by John Karst (1836-1922) after a drawing by Harry Fenn (1838-1911) The engraving shows the ferry crossing the river with several passengers, including one on horseback; tree covered mountains in the background and several African American children on the shore in the foreground along with other travelers/observers. From the text: "The ferry itself was antique, and innocent of any but the rudest invention. It was cheap in construction, and the perfection of a simplicity that, so far as any improvement is considered, might have originated among the antediluvians. A rope extending to some convenient tree on either bank; a flat-bottomed boat and a stout negro -- that was the machinery. ... The cable passed through a guide-post attached to the gunwale, and the ferryman, seizing it with a peculiar wooden key, gave it a twist, and commenced the process of pulling his freight to the other side." 
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Tower-Rock, on the Mississippi [ Hand-colored wood engraving ], Kilburn  ; S.F. Brown
16 Kilburn ; S.F. Brown Tower-Rock, on the Mississippi [ Hand-colored wood engraving ]
Boston Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-room Companion 1854 Engraving Very Good 6.5" x 9.75" 
Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-room Companion; Wood Engraving; 1 pages; A beautifully hand-colored engraving of Tower-Rock, on the Mississippi, from Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-room Companion. Image measures 6.5" x 9.75" (11" x 14" matted). Matted in white stock with clear mylar. From the text: A view of this famous landmark between St. Louis and the mouth of The Ohio. It is a column about fifty feet in diameter, rising fifty feet high above the ordinary surface of the water, crowned with a luxurious growth of stunted trees and shrubs. A steamboat, three river barges and rowboat on the River. 
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Washington, DC Office of the Chief of Military History 1970 Hardcover Near Fine Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall 
xx, 740 pages; Clean and tight in original green cloth binding with folding maps in rear pocket. Not marked as such, but from the collection of Gerhard Alden Gesell (1910 – 1993) began his career as a staff trial lawyer and later as adviser to Chairman William O. Douglas at the new Securities and Exchange Commission from 1935 to 1941. He then entered private practice with Covington & Burling in Washington, where he specialized in antitrust and other corporate cases. While engaged in private practice, Gesell continued to serve the public sector. In 1945 and 1946, he served as Chief Assistant Counsel for the Democrats during the Pearl Harbor hearings. In 1962 he was a appointed Chairman of the President Kennedy's Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces from 1962 to 1964. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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New York Vantage Press 1982 0533049210 / 9780533049219 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 4to Signed by Author
Autograph; A book of wonderful photographs of people in Jamaica by this noted African American photographer and film maker (see DAUGHTERS OF THE DIASPORA - A Filmography of Black Women Independent Film and Video Makers Compiled by John Williams; published in Black Scholar, Vol. 25, No. 2.) Includes a long poem "The Jamaicans" by Barbara Blake. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on ffep. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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TEN YEARS OF PRELUDE - The Story of Integration since the Supreme Court's 1954 Decision, Muse, Benjamin
19 Muse, Benjamin TEN YEARS OF PRELUDE - The Story of Integration since the Supreme Court's 1954 Decision
New York Viking 1964 0852080395 / 9780852080399 Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 8vo 
320 pages; Clean and tight in orignial blue cloth binding in very good dustjacket with some light edgewear. Though not marked, this volume is from the collection of Gerhard Alden Gesell (1910 – 1993) began his career as a staff trial lawyer and later as adviser to Chairman William O. Douglas at the new Securities and Exchange Commission from 1935 to 1941. He then entered private practice with Covington & Burling in Washington, where he specialized in antitrust and other corporate cases. While engaged in private practice, Gesell continued to serve the public sector. In 1945 and 1946, he served as Chief Assistant Counsel for the Democrats during the Pearl Harbor hearings. In 1962 he was a appointed Chairman of the President Kennedy's Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces from 1962 to 1964. In 1967 Gesell was appointed to the United States District Court for DC by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He presided over several memorable cases. For example, in 1969 Judge Gesell declared that the District of Columbia's abortion statute was unconstitutional. In 1971, Judge Gesell was involved in the litigation surrounding the publication of The Pentagon Papers. He ruled that The Washington Post could continue to publish the series of articles about the Vietnam War based on the leaked secret study despite the Government's attempts to halt publication. During the Watergate investigations and litigation, Judge Gesell ruled that the dismissal of Archibald Cox as special prosecutor in the "Saturday night massacre" in October 1973 had been illegal. In the 1974 trial of John D. Ehrlichman, Judge Gesell sentenced him to 20 months to five years in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in. In 1989, a jury found Colonel North guilty of three of the 12 crimes he was charged with: obstructing Congress, destroying documents and receiving an illegal gratuity. Believing North had been carrying out orders from authorities above him, Gesell did not to send him to prison, but fined North $150,000, placed him on probation for two years, and assigned him community service. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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From a Southern Porch, Scarborough, Dorothy ;  [1878-1935]
20 Scarborough, Dorothy ; [1878-1935] From a Southern Porch
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1919 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
ix, 318 pages; Publisher's putty-colored cloth, decoratively stamped in green and lettered in white. Minor rubbing and wear at the tips of the spine ends and the points of the corners, browning to the endpapers (a transfer from glue used in the binding), faint pencil signature (see below). A decorative cover, with some rubbing affecting some areas of the foliage-inspired frame to the front cover -- (there are no designer's initials or monogram for this binding). First edition of an interesting example of Southern literature, and a specimen of the early collecting of African American folk song. The author, Dorothy Scarborough, was born in Mount Carmel, Texas; her father was John Bledsoe Scarborough, a Confederate veteran from Louisiana and successful Texas lawyer. At the age of four her family moved to Sweetwater, Texas for her mother's health, and then on to Waco, in pursuit of superior educational opportunities. Dorothy's own education included studies leading to a B.A. from Baylor in 1896 followed by her M.A. in 1899. After teaching at Baylor, her studies continued at the University of Chicago, Oxford University and Columbia University, where she was awarded a PhD., and began teaching in 1916. After an early published volume of poems and a book version of her doctoral thesis ['The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction' (1917)] -- this charming 1919 volume is next, loosely organized around the author's stated amiration for the porch. From her introduction: "The porch is the soul of a house. Poor and dispirited indeed is that structure which lacks it! ... Small wonder that city houses, conscious of the moral indignity of their appearance, huddle together in shame like criminals seeking to hide themselves in a crowd. ... This, then, is a tribute of love to porches, and meant only for the eyes of fellow-porchers, not at all for the critical gaze of folk who sit shut up in houses. The colored people in Virginia have a saying that all kinds of meat are to be found in the turtle's flesh. This volume might be considered mock-turtle's meat, for it is a joyous, irresponsible jumble of things I like... It has written itself with tongue acheek, breaking all the laws I know of unity, coherence, and continuity, and should be read on a friendly Southern porch. The "ballets" and "reels" included here are given just as they were taken down from dusky lips in Texas and Virginia. They are genuine negro folk songs, not "cooked" or edited in any way, and, so far as I can learn, have not been previous published." The author's tagline to this foreword is "Richmond, Virginia / July, 1919." -- perhaps she required a summer residence, as, even 94 years ago, Morningside Heights in Manhattan was not richly endowed with houses graced by front porches. Six years later, having continued her academic and personal collecting of African American folk material, Dorothy Scarborough published "On the Trail of Negro Folksongs" (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925) -- a classic reference in the field. She was an early member of the Texas Folklore Society, which was founded in 1910, and served as president of the society in 1914–15. Alas, her next scholarly publication as a folklorist was posthumous -- ["Song Catcher in Southern Mountains: American Folk Songs of British Ancestry" (1937)]. The rest of her writing life was devoted to novels and stories, including a novel which appeared, without its author's name, as "The Wind." The handbook of Texas Online gives a useful summary of that "...controversial novel, in which a gentle heroine is driven insane by the incessant wind and drought-plagued frontier environment, has assured her reputation as an American regional novelist. The book created a furor in Texas when it was published because of its negative portrayal of frontier living conditions on the cattle ranges around Sweetwater in the 1880s. The book was also published anonymously as a publicity ploy. Today, however, many critics regard this novel as a Texas classic ..." J. Frank Dobie further reported that -- [The Wind] "excited the wrath of chambers of commerce and other boosters in West Texas--a tribute to its realism." Hollywood noticed 'The Wind' -- and a version, with a tacked-on happy ending, was made into a silent movie in 1927 starring Lillian Gish and Lars Hansen. Scarborough published other novels dealing with African Americans, tenant farmers, sharecroppers, cowboys, and women of all sorts and conditions-- ['In the Land of Cotton' (1923), 'Can't Get a Redbird' (1929), and 'The Stretch-Berry Smile' (1932)]. Through all of these books, Scarborough continued her academic career at Columbia, gaining a promotion to lecturer in the year our book was published, 1919; and further promotions to assistant professor in 1923, and to associate professor in 1931. In her Columbia career, centering on creative writing classes, Dorothy Scarborough made a further, most notable, contribution to modern Southern literature. Carson McCullers took her first college writing class from Scarborough while she attended night classes at Columbia University (as Lula Carson Smith). This well preserved copy of Dorothy Scarborough's first literary work in prose appropriately belonged to just the sort of reader she hoped, in her "foreword" to find. The front free endpaper of this copy has the pencil signature of "Wm. P. Boatwright" dated 1920. This was William Penick Boatwright (1866-1949) who was born in Danville, Virginia, the son of John Guerrant Boatwright, Civil War Surgeon in charge of the Blackie Hospital. The elder Boatwright graduated in medicine from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia after having spent two sessions at the University of Virginia, and practiced his profession in Buckingham until the Civil War and was made an Army surgeon on the staff of the General Hospital of Confederacy at Farmville, Prince Edward County in 1862. After the war he moved with his family to Danville, Virginia. The unusually detailed Boatwright family genealogy includes a picture of the handsome frame house in Danville that the owner of our copy built in 1901 and lived in for the rest of his life. It is most gratifying to report that the main feature of the facade of William Penrick Boatwright's house, with excellent fretwork and nice proportions, is a large, curved porch. [See OCLC Number: 1263963] 
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