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1 Anonymous. CONFESSIONS OF A NEGRO PREACHER.
The Canterbury Press [Chicago]. 1928. (1928). First Edition Hard Cover 
1st edition. 297pp. 8vo. Orange cloth with black-lettered front cover & spine, both bearing a small decorative device in black. Title page illustrated with a racist caricature of an Afro-American man in a tall hat. Despite often being attributed to Opie Percival Read, there is no documentation to support his authorship. The only bibliography online for Read does not list this title. [http://www.utc.edu/Academic/TennesseeWriters/authors/read.opie.html]; the U.S. Copyright Office lists the title as being copyrighted by the publisher; the LOC lists the author as anonymous; Charles L. Blockson (Damn Rare: The Memoirs of an African-American Bibliophile) does not attribute the book to Read or anyone else. Spine very slightly faded with the lower 1/4 showing some darkening, a line of darkness in the bottom of the front cover's groove, top edge dusty & others slightly tanned o/w Very Good, i.e. signs of careful use with no significant defects. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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2 Anonymous. CONFESSIONS OF A NEGRO PREACHER.
The Canterbury Press [Chicago]. 1928. (1928). First Edition Hard Cover 
1st edition. 297pp. 8vo. Orange cloth with black-lettered front cover & spine, both bearing a small decorative device in black. Title page illustrated with a racist caricature of an Afro-American man in a tall hat. Despite often being attributed to Opie Percival Read, there is no documentation to support his authorship. The only bibliography online for Read does not list this title. [http://www.utc.edu/Academic/TennesseeWriters/authors/read.opie.html]; the U.S. Copyright Office lists the title as being copyrighted by the publisher; the LOC lists the author as anonymous; Charles L. Blockson (Damn Rare: The Memoirs of an African-American Bibliophile) does not attribute the book to Read or anyone else. Top of the spine has a 3/4' h. x 5/8' w. section of the spine cover missing, bottom of the spine has a smaller area where the spine cover is worn through, faint dampstained areas on the front cover & spine, scattered faint spots of dampstain over the back cover, a 1 1/8' section of heavy rubbing at the bottom of the outer edge of the front cover, top edge dusty & others slightly tanned, a previous owner's name in ink on the front endpaper o/w Good, i.e. obvious signs of use with no major defects. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 Caskoden, Edwin [pseudonym of Charles Major]. WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER, Or The Love Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor the King's Sister, & Happening in the Reign of His August Majesty King Henry the Eighth.
Bobbs-Merrill [Indianapolis, IN]. No date. (1898, 1901). Hard Cover 
359pp. + 10pp. publisher's ads. sm8vo. Light blue cloth with the front cover decorated with a divided panel created by double-rulings in red. The left side contains in the title printed in red, & the right a sketch of a castle in red. The author's name appears in red just below the panel. The spine is lettered in red & bears a large red flower. Frontispiece of Julia Marlowe (unsigned) on coated paper. Very unusual 'commercial breaks' are provided by 10 tipped-in b/w plates on glossy paper scattered throughout the text with (mostly) illustrated advertisements including American Lady Corset Co., Stuart's Dyspepsia, Borden's Malted Milk, Pompeian Cream, Waterman Fountain Pens ('Clip-Cap' shown), 3 in One Oil, Vapo-Cresolene, Mennen's Powder, etc. Fair: EX LIBRARY ('American Library League') with the library's rules pasted on the front paste-down endpaper, a small blurb about the book pasted on the back endpaper, & a '3' in ink on the spine; front hinge is cracked & both hinges have been reinforced with white library tape; top edge soiled; frontispiece detached; spine is a bit faded with worn sides; covers have normal wear. 
Price: 3.00 USD
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4 Corrothers, James D. THE BLACK CAT CLUB: Negro Humor & Folklore.
Funk & Wagnalls [New York]. 1902. {March}. (1902). First Edition Hard Cover 
1st edition, 1st printing. v, 7-164pp. sm8vo. Red cloth with both covers blindstamped with an overall diaper pattern. Black-lettered spine. Frontispiece & 7 other b/w plates illustrated by J. K. Bryans. Many cuts of various sizes throughout the text also by Bryans whose 'Silhouetteville' cartoons were a feature in most daily & Sunday newspaper of the period. The author (1869-1917) was an Afro-American minister born in Michigan. He was a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago (the location of the fictitious Black Cat Club) and later served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lexington, VA. He was well known as a poet & author of short stories, which were published in leading newspapers. His wife, Rosina Tucker, was the founder & Secretary-Treasurer of the International Ladies' Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, which she also helped establish. Spine worn & faded darkened with extremes worn, corners rubbed & lightly bumped, several very small minor scuffs on the front cover o/w Very Good, i.e. signs of careful use with no significant defects. See PHOTO. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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5 Henderson, Elliott Blaine [E. B.] OLD FASHIONED BLACK FO'KS.
Self-Published [Columbus, OH]. 1913. (1913). First Edition Hard Cover Signed
1st edition. 54pp. Tall 12mo. Pebbled brown cloth with gilt-lettered front cover. Front free endpaper inscribed & SIGNED by the author in pencil: 'To Mr. Eli L. Potts with best regards and affection of his many courtesies. E. B. Henderson. Jan. 30th 1914'. (Eli Potts [1857 - 1917] was a Cleveland police officer. Elliott Blaine Henderson (1877-1944) was an African-American poet born in Springfield, OH, lived in Columbus, OH, and died in New York City. He wrote 12 Books of poetry mostly in African-American dialect. The book is dedicated to a list of some 146 persons whom the author thanks for their encouragement. The poems in this book include: Some Negro Characteristics; Banjo Ditty; A Regrettable Invitation; A 'Possum, Coon Chase; 'Sich an Itchin' in Mah Shin!'; A Surprize Visit; When Summah's Come; Strike Up de Fife an' Drum; Uncle Rufus' Roommatic Cure; Dey Hain't No Sense in Gittin Glum; Fiddle Song; Crispus Attucks; The Old Veterans; De Bes' State in de Lan'; Way Down Souf; When de Fiah am Kindlin' Hot; Kaze de Sun Am Sinkin'; Po' Li'l' Rastus; Courtin' O'r de Phone; Reminiscence. The bottom of the spine has a 1/2' x 3/8' area where the cloth is worn through; all edges rubbed; corners bumped & rubbed; covers & spine show scattered, small spots; back free endpaper is almost entirely missing; several spots of foxing on the back flyleaf & pastedown endpaper o/w Very Good, i.e. signs of careful use with no significant defects. SEE PHOTO. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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6 Porter, Benita. COLORSTRUCK.
B.Q. Press [Bronx, New York]. No date. (1990). Soft Cover 
1st edition, 3rd printing. 662pp. 8vo. Glossy black wraps with white designs & lettering. Colorstruck was published by the author & her husband under the B.Q. Press imprint. None of the printings of the 1st editions were printed with an ISBN. The Author's First Novel, Colorstruck is a monumental novel often described as the first novel which deals effectively with the subject of white-skinned African Americans who are often not accepted by either race. The novel combines the author's literary insight into the her personal experience & the history of race relations in the United States. Set in the film & jazz industries of the early 1900s, the author details the lives of a pair of Black twins, one of whom passes for white. Author's business card covered with & attached to the inside of the front cover with clear tape, slight creases on the tips of the right corners of the front cover o/w Near Fine, i.e. minimal signs of careful use with no significant defects. 
Price: 180.00 USD
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7 Wilcox, Ella Wheeler. AN AMBITIOUS MAN
E. A. Weeks & Co. [Chicago]. 1896. (1896). First Edition Hard Cover 
1st edition. 197pp. 16mo. Red cloth with gilt-lettered front cover & spine decorated with vining passion flowers in yellow & black. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Laid paper leaves. Frontispiece photo of author & her signature in b/w on coated paper. Note: W. B. Conkey published a reprint in same year as Weeks' first edition. Good, i.e. obvious signs of use with no major defects. Covers & spine shown in accompanying scan. Endpapers show heavy paste action, one page has a 1 1/2 edge tear, & back of frontispiece inscribed R. A. Rice Mountain View Ranch Nov. 1896 From Mr. S. in ink. SEE SCAN. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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