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  • 1922 COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, CITY DIRECTORY with WHITES & BLACKS "COLOREDS" in SEPARATE SECTIONS 1922 COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, CITY DIRECTORY with WHITES & BLACKS "COLOREDS" in SEPARATE SECTIONS

    WALSH'S COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1922 CITY DIRECTORY. This Directory puts its Residents in Two Separate Sections, White Residents at the front and Black Residents at the rear in a section titled "COLORED DEPARTMENT". Makes this Columbia, South Carolina, Directory a True Document of the JIM CROW SOUTH that tried to keep the races separate.

    The General Index states: "Gen'l Directory of WHITE NAMES 101-426" and "Gen'l Directory of COL. (COLORED)

    Names 429-540". Published by House Of Directories, and Printed by the Miller Press, Asheville, North Carolina, 1922. This is the Original, Vintage Directory published in 1922. Original hardcovers, printed cloth covered boards and spine, 6x9.5 inches, thick volume, 610 pages. Contains numerous advertisements of the day. These directories were published…

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    WALSH'S COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1922 CITY DIRECTORY. This Directory puts its Residents in Two Separate Sections, White Residents at the front and Black Residents at the rear in a section titled "COLORED DEPARTMENT". Makes this Columbia, South Carolina, Directory a True Document of the JIM CROW SOUTH that tried to keep the races separate.

    The General Index states: "Gen'l Directory of WHITE NAMES 101-426" and "Gen'l Directory of COL. (COLORED)

    Names 429-540". Published by House Of Directories, and Printed by the Miller Press, Asheville, North Carolina, 1922. This is the Original, Vintage Directory published in 1922. Original hardcovers, printed cloth covered boards and spine, 6x9.5 inches, thick volume, 610 pages. Contains numerous advertisements of the day. These directories were published as advertising vehicles so ads are everywhere, including the covers and stamped on the page edges. This volume was part of the amazing SUTRO GENEALOGICAL LIBRARY of SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. There is a Sutro Library bookplate on the front pastedown, and Sutro Library ink stamps and associated library marks and stamps here and there throughout. The Sutro Library was (and to a large part still is) a treasure trove of genealogical books collected by Adolph Sutro and donated to the City of San Francisco. The collection was pretty much neglected by the City until, in 2012 the City gave the collection to the library of San Francisco State University. Before and after the move to SFSU, quite a few volumes from the Sutro genealogical library were, sadly, deaccessioned, so that the collection would fit it into its new space. In its new home the Sutro Library is still considered to have the best genealogical collection west of Salt Lake City, and is now much better cared for, it's just not as large as it was. Once these wonderful deaccessioned Sutro genealogy books find new homes they will likely not be seen again for some time. FAIR CONDITION: The spine is rubbed at its ends and folds, has the ghost of a shelving label, and its gilt lettering has rubbed and faded away; the front and rear covers are bumped and worn through at the corners, are soiled, and the front cover has some waviness at the top area; nonetheless these original covers are solid and doing their job. Internally, the front and rear inner hinges are cracked but holding, the signatures composed of pages 315 to 318 and 411 to 414 were disbound but have been reinserted and bound in with clear tape at the gutter edges leaving their front edge overhanging the other pages, that overhang is worn; there are some spots, smudges, and creases here and there, there are some small previous owner's marks here and there (i.e. small x's beside some names), there are Sutro Library labels and marks as noted above; otherwise a complete, solid, copy of this ORIGINAL 1922 COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA DIRECTORY. About the SUTRO LIBRARY (from where this book was deaccessioned): ******The Sutro Library holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830-1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor. The library has a large collection of publications and items dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries. It also has one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S. Adolph Sutro's heirs donated his collection to the California State Library in 1913 with the requirement that the collection stay within the city of San Francisco. After operating in various locations in the city for almost 100 years, the Sutro Library moved to a permanent home at San Francisco State University in 2012.****** INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This book will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the additional charges and be able to accept or reject them before your payment is processed. Or you can contact us ahead of time to find out the shipping charge to your country. Thanks.

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  • 1979 CELEBRATE BLACK WOMANHOOD Laney College POSTER by INKWORKS PRESS Berkeley 1979 CELEBRATE BLACK WOMANHOOD Laney College POSTER by INKWORKS PRESS Berkeley

    CELEBRATE BLACK WOMANHOOD : A BLACK WOMEN'S CONFERENCE. September 22, 1979. Laney College. POSTER. Printed in black on white paper. It measures 17x22.5 inches. The poster was printed by INKWORKS PRESS. Its small Union Mark is printed at the bottom right corner. Though not stated, the poster was drawn by SARITA JOHNSON and printed for LANEY COLLEGE in 1979. An image of, and information about, this poster can be found on the Inkworks Press online archives. (Inkworks Press, Berkeley, was an important radical and socially active press that was founded in 1974. It only recently closed its doors for ever.) VERY GOOD condition, there is some light age toning to the white border; there are some corner tip creases and…

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    CELEBRATE BLACK WOMANHOOD : A BLACK WOMEN'S CONFERENCE. September 22, 1979. Laney College. POSTER. Printed in black on white paper. It measures 17x22.5 inches. The poster was printed by INKWORKS PRESS. Its small Union Mark is printed at the bottom right corner. Though not stated, the poster was drawn by SARITA JOHNSON and printed for LANEY COLLEGE in 1979. An image of, and information about, this poster can be found on the Inkworks Press online archives. (Inkworks Press, Berkeley, was an important radical and socially active press that was founded in 1974. It only recently closed its doors for ever.) VERY GOOD condition, there is some light age toning to the white border; there are some corner tip creases and a few small edge scrapes; the lithograph was stored rolled and there are some light creases from having been thus stored. The poster will be sent safely rolled in a sturdy mailing tube.

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  • BLACK SPIRITUAL & GOSPEL SONGS FROM SOUTHEAST GEORGIA a Comparative Study 1978 by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje BLACK SPIRITUAL & GOSPEL SONGS FROM SOUTHEAST GEORGIA a Comparative Study 1978
    Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

    AMERICAN BLACK SPIRITUAL AND GOSPEL SONGS FROM SOUTHEAST GEORGIA: A Comparative Study, by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje.

    Published by the Center for Afro American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1978. Published as Monograph Series No. VII.

    Wrappers / softcovers, 6x9 inches, 105 pages.

    VERY GOOD condition, just lightly used, still tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

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  • CECIL BROWN, Black Author and Screenwriter, TYPESCRIPT DRAFT of "DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER" + a FIRST EDITION SIGNED & INSCRIBED by CECIL BROWN CECIL BROWN, Black Author and Screenwriter, TYPESCRIPT DRAFT of "DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER" + a FIRST EDITION SIGNED & INSCRIBED
    CECIL BROWN

    Typescript Draft of the novel DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER by CECIL BROWN, an African-American author and screenwriter.

    Copy of an original draft typescript. This early photocopy of the original typed pages was probably made for distribution to agent, editor and/or publisher.

    The last page is Signed and Dated: "July 3, 1981 / Hollywood-Berkeley 1979, 81 / Cecil Brown" (again, this is a draft COPY of the actual signed page, not a hand signature on this draft) . The author's typed name "Brown": is at the top of every page. 296 pages, printed on plain 8.5x11 inch paper, printed on one side only (i.e. there are 296 sheets of paper).

    Accompanying this typescript draft is a HAND SIGNED and INSCRIBED First…

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    Typescript Draft of the novel DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER by CECIL BROWN, an African-American author and screenwriter.

    Copy of an original draft typescript. This early photocopy of the original typed pages was probably made for distribution to agent, editor and/or publisher.

    The last page is Signed and Dated: "July 3, 1981 / Hollywood-Berkeley 1979, 81 / Cecil Brown" (again, this is a draft COPY of the actual signed page, not a hand signature on this draft) . The author's typed name "Brown": is at the top of every page. 296 pages, printed on plain 8.5x11 inch paper, printed on one side only (i.e. there are 296 sheets of paper).

    Accompanying this typescript draft is a HAND SIGNED and INSCRIBED First Edition of DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER. Hardcover book in dustjacket, 5.5x8 inches, 250 pages. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 1983. "First Edition 1983" stated on the copyright page. The inscription is on the front free endpaper: "To Stanley / Here's to the new friendship! / Cecil Brown / Sept. 6 1987".

    The TYPESCRIPT is in GOOD condition: the pages are lightly age toned; the first page has some closed edge tears, corner creases, and edge wear; the first 25 pages have corner creases; the last 10 pages have corner creases; the last several pages have edge wear, closed edge tears, and creases; the last page has a lot of creasing and edge tears; there are early photocopy machine smudges, marks, and lines here and there throughout. Overall, ALL PAGES, including the first and last page, remain bright and clear. The BOOK is in NEAR FINE condition, tight, bright, clean and clear; the DUSTJACKET is in GOOD condition, substantially sunned / faded at the spine, otherwise solid and bright. A nice, signed, first edition copy.

    SCARCE WORKING DRAFT of the BITTER & FUNNY NOVEL "DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER" by the BLACK NOVELIST and SCREENWRITER CECIL BROWN, along with a first edition, signed and inscribed copy of the published book.

    About CECIL BROWN (from Wikipedia):

    ******Cecil Brown, b.1943, is an African-American author, screenwriter, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His noted works include The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger and work as a screenwriter on the 1977 Richard Pryor film Which Way Is Up?

    Born in rural Bolton, North Carolina, Brown attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University of Greensboro, North Carolina, where he earned his B.A. in English in 1966. He later earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies, Folklore and Narrative from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a Professor at U.C. Berkeley in the African American Studies Department. His published books include: The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger (1969); Pryor Lives (1969); Days Without Weather (1983); I, Stagolee (1993); Stagolee Shot Billy (2003); and Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department? (2007).

    Awards include: Professor John Angus Burrell Memorial Prize, Columbia University, 1966; Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for DAYS WITHOUT WEATHER, 1984; Berlin Literary Fellowship, 1985; UC Berkeley, Mentor Fellowship, 1992.******

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  • DYING FOR A MENTHOL? Rare DEAD PEOPLE CIGARETTE PACK Anti Smoking POSTER African American Ad Campaign DYING FOR A MENTHOL? Rare DEAD PEOPLE CIGARETTE PACK Anti Smoking POSTER African American Ad Campaign

    DYING FOR A MENTHOL? A Rare and Hauntingly Disturbing San Francisco Bay Area Public Transit Anti-Smoking Advertising Campaign Poster. Using Ominous Imagery to educate African American smokers about the unique Dangers of menthol cigarettes, this Award winning Ad campaign featured Provocative Billboards and Bus Transit Posters showing an open menthol Cigarette Box packed with dead Black smokers instead of Cigarettes.

    Scarce Original POSTER. Published by Crossover Creative Group, creative director Steve Climons, copywriter Terri Murray and photographer Sven Widerholt, for the California Department of Health Services Tobacco Control. 2005 First and only printing. 24" x 16" Photo Off-Set Lithograph on white paper. FINE CONDITION: carefully stored for the past 15 years, as new.

    Crossover Creative Group is an independent…

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    DYING FOR A MENTHOL? A Rare and Hauntingly Disturbing San Francisco Bay Area Public Transit Anti-Smoking Advertising Campaign Poster. Using Ominous Imagery to educate African American smokers about the unique Dangers of menthol cigarettes, this Award winning Ad campaign featured Provocative Billboards and Bus Transit Posters showing an open menthol Cigarette Box packed with dead Black smokers instead of Cigarettes.

    Scarce Original POSTER. Published by Crossover Creative Group, creative director Steve Climons, copywriter Terri Murray and photographer Sven Widerholt, for the California Department of Health Services Tobacco Control. 2005 First and only printing. 24" x 16" Photo Off-Set Lithograph on white paper. FINE CONDITION: carefully stored for the past 15 years, as new.

    Crossover Creative Group is an independent award winning African-American owned urban advertising and marketing communications agency based in Richmond, California.

    Will be shipped carefully rolled in a sturdy mailing tube.

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  • Life of CECIL F. POOLE First BLACK U.S. ATTORNEY & Notable CIVIL RIGHTS JURIST by Cecil F. Poole, Carole Hicke Life of CECIL F. POOLE First BLACK U.S. ATTORNEY & Notable CIVIL RIGHTS JURIST
    Cecil F. Poole, Carole Hicke

    CIVIL RIGHTS, LAW, AND THE FEDERAL COURTS: THE LIFE OF CECIL POOLE, 1914-1997.

    An ORAL HISTORY transcribed from INTERVIEWS with Cecil Poole conducted by Carole Hicke in 1993.

    Published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, as part of its Northern California U.S. District Court Oral History Series, 1997. Copyright The Regents of the University of California.

    First Edition. This is copy number #22 as stated on the copyright page.

    Hardcovers, blue cloth covered boards, gilt titling on the spine, 8.5x11 inches. Pagination [16], vii, 248 pages. Laid in is an information and order sheet printed on UC Berkeley letterhead dated January 1998. At that time copies could be ordered for $65…

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    CIVIL RIGHTS, LAW, AND THE FEDERAL COURTS: THE LIFE OF CECIL POOLE, 1914-1997.

    An ORAL HISTORY transcribed from INTERVIEWS with Cecil Poole conducted by Carole Hicke in 1993.

    Published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, as part of its Northern California U.S. District Court Oral History Series, 1997. Copyright The Regents of the University of California.

    First Edition. This is copy number #22 as stated on the copyright page.

    Hardcovers, blue cloth covered boards, gilt titling on the spine, 8.5x11 inches. Pagination [16], vii, 248 pages. Laid in is an information and order sheet printed on UC Berkeley letterhead dated January 1998. At that time copies could be ordered for $65 plus $4 shipping.

    NEAR FINE condition, just lightly used, still sharp, tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

    True FIRST EDITION of this important work, published by the University of California, Berkeley in 1998.

    About CECIL F. POOLE (from Wikipedia):

    ******Cecil Francis Poole, b.1914 d.1997, was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and a United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. He was the first African American to serve as a United States Attorney (outside of the United States Virgin Islands), the first African American to serve as a Judge of the Northern District of California and the second African American to serve as a Judge of the Ninth Circuit.******

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  • LUCILE PRESTON her WWII Journey From CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI to RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA in 1942 by Lucille Preston, Judith K. Dunning LUCILE PRESTON her WWII Journey From CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI to RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA in 1942
    Lucille Preston, Judith K. Dunning

    LUCILLE PRESTON. A WORLD WAR II JOURNEY from CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI to RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, 1942. Part of the ON THE WATERFRONT: AN ORAL HISTORY OF RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA series.

    An ORAL HISTORY transcribed from an Interview Conducted by Judith K. Dunning in 1985.

    Published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California. Copyright The Regents of the University of California, 1992.

    Photocopied pages with simple clear plastic covers bound with black cloth tape at the spine. I don't know if this is an original publication or was a copy of the original, but it is my only copy. This copy is stated "Copy Number 3", but that may be the number of the original copy this…

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    LUCILLE PRESTON. A WORLD WAR II JOURNEY from CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI to RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, 1942. Part of the ON THE WATERFRONT: AN ORAL HISTORY OF RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA series.

    An ORAL HISTORY transcribed from an Interview Conducted by Judith K. Dunning in 1985.

    Published by the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California. Copyright The Regents of the University of California, 1992.

    Photocopied pages with simple clear plastic covers bound with black cloth tape at the spine. I don't know if this is an original publication or was a copy of the original, but it is my only copy. This copy is stated "Copy Number 3", but that may be the number of the original copy this was photocopied from. Again, I do no know.

    There are 17 introductory pages plus 47 pages of the transcribed interview.

    GOOD condition, the photocopied pages have photomachine smudges and marks, and black areas near the spine, but none affecting text.

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  • PATTI LABELLE in YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD Theatrical Program 1982 by Vinnette Carroll PATTI LABELLE in YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD Theatrical Program 1982
    Vinnette Carroll

    Theatrical Program for the 1982 Production of YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD by VINNETTE CARROLL. This 1982 production starred PATTI LABELLE in her FIRST THEATRICAL ROLE. Earlier productions did not star Patti LaBelle. Program, soft covers, 9x11.5 inches, side stapled, 24 pages including covers. Filled with b&w photographs from the production. Published by Festival Ventures, (1982). GOOD condition, some light vertical creases, perhaps from being rolled up at one point, overall tight, bright, clean, and unmarked. A solid, nice copy. This 1982 program of the production with Patti LaBelle is hard to find. From the Estate of Albert Birdsong and Barbara Ruth Richardson Birdsong, of Benicia, California. Barbara Birdsong outlived her husband and died in 2018. She…

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    Theatrical Program for the 1982 Production of YOUR ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX WITH GOD by VINNETTE CARROLL. This 1982 production starred PATTI LABELLE in her FIRST THEATRICAL ROLE. Earlier productions did not star Patti LaBelle. Program, soft covers, 9x11.5 inches, side stapled, 24 pages including covers. Filled with b&w photographs from the production. Published by Festival Ventures, (1982). GOOD condition, some light vertical creases, perhaps from being rolled up at one point, overall tight, bright, clean, and unmarked. A solid, nice copy. This 1982 program of the production with Patti LaBelle is hard to find. From the Estate of Albert Birdsong and Barbara Ruth Richardson Birdsong, of Benicia, California. Barbara Birdsong outlived her husband and died in 2018. She was originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. The Birdsongs had an interesting gathering of African American literature and ephemera.

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  • RAMSESS - BLACK LEIMERT PARK LOS ANGELES ARTIST - Collection of 11 JAZZ ART CALENDARS, 6 SIGNED 2002-2012 by Kisasi RAMSESS RAMSESS - BLACK LEIMERT PARK LOS ANGELES ARTIST - Collection of 11 JAZZ ART CALENDARS, 6 SIGNED 2002-2012
    Kisasi RAMSESS

    RAMSESS an AFRICAN-AMERICAN, LEIMERT PARK NEIGHBORHOOD of LOS ANGELES BASED, ARTIST. Lot of ELEVEN of his ORIGINAL, SELF-PRODUCED, JAZZ CALENDARS (including two duplicates). The Jazz Calendars measure 24x11 inches and have metal spiral bindings at the top. Each inner monthly page has a beautiful drawing of a Jazz musician or singer, mostly in b&w. Cover page drawings are in color. Calendar pages are printed on one side only, each suitable for framing imho. Every drawing in the calendars is unique (i.e. no drawings are repeated year to year). The calendars are UNUSED and in NEAR FINE condition, with perhaps just a touch of corner tip and/or spiral wear to a few. These RAMSESS JAZZ CALENDARS are collectible printed artworks. Though…

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    RAMSESS an AFRICAN-AMERICAN, LEIMERT PARK NEIGHBORHOOD of LOS ANGELES BASED, ARTIST. Lot of ELEVEN of his ORIGINAL, SELF-PRODUCED, JAZZ CALENDARS (including two duplicates). The Jazz Calendars measure 24x11 inches and have metal spiral bindings at the top. Each inner monthly page has a beautiful drawing of a Jazz musician or singer, mostly in b&w. Cover page drawings are in color. Calendar pages are printed on one side only, each suitable for framing imho. Every drawing in the calendars is unique (i.e. no drawings are repeated year to year). The calendars are UNUSED and in NEAR FINE condition, with perhaps just a touch of corner tip and/or spiral wear to a few. These RAMSESS JAZZ CALENDARS are collectible printed artworks. Though limitation is not stated it is known that these were all printed in limited numbers. SIX of the calendars are SIGNED by RAMSESS on the front cover, some somewhat obscurely with pen, some boldly with black marker; most are also DATED. The eleven calendars are for the years: 2002 (signed and dated 2001 at the bottom, above the printed name of Lester Young); 2003 (signed and dated 2002 at the bottom, just above the printed date of 2003); 2004 (signed and dated 2003 at the bottom white area); 2005 (signed and dated 2004 in the bottom area of the blue jacket image); 2007 Two Copies (ONE copy is signed along the white side margin); 2008 Two Copies (ONE copy is signed along the at the bottom); 2009, 2010, 2012. (The dated copies are each dated in the year prior to the year of the calendar because calendars are always printed well before the year they are marking.) Kisasi Ramsess, known as RAMSESS, was part of the revival, and has become part of the heart and soul, of the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. Leimert Park has, over the years, become the L.A. center of both historical and contemporary African-American art, music, and culture. From the Estate of Albert Birdsong and Barbara Ruth Richardson Birdsong, of Benicia, California. Barbara Birdsong outlived her husband and died in 2018. She was originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. The Birdsongs had an interesting gathering of African American literature and ephemera. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: These 11 large format calendars are heavy and will be expensive to ship Internationally, requiring substantial additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the additional charges and be able to accept or reject them before your payment is processed. Or you can contact us ahead of time to find out the shipping charge to your country. Thanks.

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  • The Poet And Other Poems SIGNED by Harlem Renaissance Black Jazz Poet 1920 Rare by Raymond Garfield Dandridge The Poet And Other Poems SIGNED by Harlem Renaissance Black Jazz Poet 1920 Rare
    Raymond Garfield Dandridge

    THE POET AND OTHER POEMS By Raymond Garfield Dandridge. Privately Printed, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1920. First Edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by African American Poet RAYMOND GARFIELD DANDRIDGE on the front free end-paper, in black pen: "In grateful appreciation to / Mr Emerson Venable / Ray G Dandridge / July 12, 1920." Hardcover, illustrated paper covered boards, 7.5" x 5", marbled end-papers, 64 pages. This collection is recognized for having the earliest published example of "Jazz Poetry" by a Black Poet (De Drum Majah). A Very Rare Copy - Signed and Inscribed by Controversial Harlem Renaissance Poet Raymond Garfield Dandridge. Dandridge, paralyzed by polio, did not get out much. Books signed by him are extremely hard to find and historically important. Inscribed…

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    THE POET AND OTHER POEMS By Raymond Garfield Dandridge. Privately Printed, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1920. First Edition. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by African American Poet RAYMOND GARFIELD DANDRIDGE on the front free end-paper, in black pen: "In grateful appreciation to / Mr Emerson Venable / Ray G Dandridge / July 12, 1920." Hardcover, illustrated paper covered boards, 7.5" x 5", marbled end-papers, 64 pages. This collection is recognized for having the earliest published example of "Jazz Poetry" by a Black Poet (De Drum Majah). A Very Rare Copy - Signed and Inscribed by Controversial Harlem Renaissance Poet Raymond Garfield Dandridge. Dandridge, paralyzed by polio, did not get out much. Books signed by him are extremely hard to find and historically important. Inscribed to Emerson Venable (1875-1965) noted Shakespearean authority, English Literature Professor at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, editor of Poets of Ohio (1909), and father of Hollywood actress Evelyn Venable. Raymond Garfield Dandridge (1883-1930). Influential African American Poet who overcame debilitating paralysis to become a Celebrated Literary Figure in The Harlem Renaissance and New Negro Movement. His evocative use of Dialect, though controversial, reveals Negro life in America while vividly protesting racial inequality. In 1911, Dandridge caught polio leaving his legs and right arm paralyzed. Confined to his bed he worked as a salesman for a coal company via telephone, and was the Literary Editor of the Cincinnati Journal. He published three books of poetry: Penciled Poems (1917), The Poet and Other Poems (1920), and Zalka Peetruza and Other Poems (1928). His work appears in anthologies of African American poetry, including The Book of American Negro Poetry. Dandridge died at only 47. This Very Rare Signed Raymond Garfield Dandridge First Edition is in VERY GOOD CONDITION: Complete as issued. The covers have light edge and spine-end wear; light age-toning; a touch of wear to the boards and a small stain. Internally, just some stiff upper corner creasing to the last text leaf, otherwise the inner pages are tight, bright, clean and unmarked, and the 1920 signature/inscription is bold and bright.

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