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Rare African American Studies Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

From signed autobiographies of Frederick Douglass to incredibly moving first edition copies of books by Langston Hughes, there are some truly astounding books in the rare African American History books section of the Biblio Rare Book Room. Some of the books featured below serve as a stark reminder of some of the more depressing parts of American history, and others serve as a testament to human resiliency and spirit. Be sure to look through some of the best books Biblio has to offer below.

Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. performed by order of the Government of the United States, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke [sic]. Published from the official report by LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and William CLARK (1770-1838)

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814. Quarto. (10 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches). Half-title, 1p. publisher's advertisement at end. 1 folding engraved map by Neele, five engraved plans on 3 plates. (Worm track to outer blank margins of leaves from 4E1...

From Donald Heald Rare Books


Science: The Negro's Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America by Sheets, Millard

Washington, D.C., ca. 1939. Conté crayon drawing on Illustraton board. 14.5 x 10.5 inches on board 20 x 15 inches. Authenticated by the artist's son, Tony Sheets, on the verso. One of four drawings for murals at the Department of the Interior...

From Alan Wofsy Fine Arts


Vida de J.J. Dessalines, gefe de los negros de Santo Domingo; con notas muy circunstanciadas sobre el origen, caracter y atrocidades de los principales gefes de aquellos rebeldes desde el principio de la insurreccion en 1791 by DUBROCA, Jean-Louis

Mexico: en la oficina de Mariano de Zuniga y Ontiveros, 1806. Hardcover. Near Fine. First Mexican edition. Small quarto. Frontispiece and nine plates engraved by Jose Ambrosi Carraro, three of which have handsome and vivid contemporary hand coloring. Co...

From Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA


Chinese Art of World Renown by Stanley Charles Nott

USA: The Record press, Inc. St AugustineFlorida, 1944. first. S. Very Good. Numbered edition: . no. 14 An Illustrated Record of the Stanley Charles Nott collection of Chinese Jades co 257 and signed An Illustrated Annotation on the Working and Dating of...

From Bredie Books


A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade; Addressed to the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of Yorkshire by WILBERFORCE,William

Octavo, 23.0 x 15.0 cm, uncut in the original sheets, stab holes, pp.(2) +396 + (4), printing flaw on page 276 affecting part of the text on 11 lines, publishers adverts dated December 1806, advert leaves browned, an excellent copy, a remarkable survival ...

From Hamish Riley-Smith Rare Books


The Snowy Day by Keats, Jack Ezra

New York: Viking Press, 1963. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on half-title page - " For Dana Ericson - best wishes Ezra Jack Keats". Stated Second printing February, 1963, with Caldecott Award medal front panel, $3.00 price with Caldecott mentio...

From Dale Steffey Books


Candle-Lightin' Time by Dunbar, Paul Laurence

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1901. First Edition. Near Fine. First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Laurence Dunbar on the front free endpaper. Bound in publisher's green cloth with elaborate stamping to upper board and spine; with title...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Primitive Negro Art, Chiefly from the Belgian Congo by Culin, Stewart

42 pp. exhibition catalog, illustrated with 8 plates. 8vo. Very good overall, with faint, barely visible traces of pencil underlining to three pages of text. Housed in a custom mustard linen clamshell box with gilt title badge. Stiff wraps, illustrated wi...

From Arthur Fournier Fine & Rare


Native Son by Wright, Richard

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940. First Edition. Fine/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's dark blue cloth with titles blocked in red and off-white. Pages toned, previous owner name to front paste down and foxing to en...

From Burnside Rare Books, ABAA


Africa, Manuscript Map, 1830 (Society of Friends) by Phebe Varney

Map Details:dimensions: 18 ¾" x 23 1/8" within neat lines, 19 ½" x 23 ½" overall condition: as found, generally good, 6" vertical tear, some edge wear, completeMap Description:This hand drawn map is signed "Phebe Varney, 1830. Dover Duchess County" o...

From Original Antique Maps


Observations On the Inslaving, Importing and Purchasing of Negroes… The Uncertainty of a Death Bed Repentance (with two other titles) by Benezet, Anthony

8vo, original bull sheep with four raised boards, iii-viii, 280,168, 16pp. Benezet title is bound at the end (16 pp.). Binding very worn and rubbed, hinges weak, binding slightly warped, missing endpapers, pages 53-56 are torn, page 5 and 6 is torn in ha...

From Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints


Daily Resolves by Washington, Booker T

New York: E. P. Dutton, 1896. Hardcover. Very Good. 24mo, 4 x 5.5, 15 unnumbered pages with 7 chromolithographs. Half white pebbled cloth stamped in gilt with chromolithograp of maple leaf and hour glass on the other half . Washington's very rare a...

From Digital Editions


The Modern Democratic Creed! Letter of John Brodhead, Democratic Candidate for City Treasurer… by [Slavery and Abolition]

Letterpress broadside, 18 7/8" x 11 3/4", bold black type for highlighted words. Paper evenly toned, some wrinkling, considerable archival conservation and restoration with archival paper repair; despite the imperfections it is still a decent copy with a...

From Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints


Putting The Most Into Life by Washington, Booker T

New York, New York,: Thomas L. Crowell Co, 1906. Book. Good. Hardcover. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. 1906 Thomas L. Crowell FIRST Edition/First printing of this slim volume. With an EXTRAORDINARY & RARE INSCRIPTION & SIGNATURE: "To my...



Invisible Man by Ellison, Ralph

London: Victor Gollancz, 1953. 1st. Hardcover. Fine/fine. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Some overall spot foxing to the edges. Some foxing to dust jacket. Text is tight. Better than it sounds. ...

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