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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. 
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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 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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4 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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5 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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