Mann’s account of Robinson’s rise from the Negro Leagues to become the first African American baseball player to break the color barrier and play for the major leagues. Wrappers are illustrated with still photographs and scenes from the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story, directed by Alfred E. Green, with a screenplay written by Mann and starring Jackie Robinson and Ruby Dee.
Typescript broadside laid in, which includes corrections to this issue of the Young Libertarian, as well as a short message from Tom Speck, “YPSL Member at Large,” addressed in manuscript “Comrades.” Speck announces that this is in fact the first issue under this title of “what we hope will be a serious discussion forum.” Three lines regarding the YPSL’s reputation have been redacted in ballpoint pen in ?his hand. Not in OCLC.
Presentable copy of this uncommon underworld novel, written to expose the illegal betting industry, carried on in America’s pool-rooms “behind an elaborate veil of secrecy…that finances many of the nation’s most corrupt political machines.”
Inaugural issue of the long-running literary organ of the CPUSA. For the first year, publication continued in this large quarto format, with impressively illustrated covers reminiscent of the original Masses and Liberator and with content echoing those predecessor publications’ irreverent and independent spirit. New Masses remained in production until 1948, but, to quote Walter Goldwater, after the first few issues the magazine “lost all independent character.” Early issues are notoriously difficult to find.
La Habana [Havana]: Confederación de Trabajadores de Cuba, . First May Day address by Fidel Castro as Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba. Issued as “folleto no. 6 de adoctrinamiento Sindico-Revolucionario”, by the Cuban Confederation of Workers (CTC). Includes a 2-pp preface by Jose Aguilera, Secretary of Propaganda for the CTC. The address appears to share its title with another speech delivered by Fidel in March, 1960, condemning the sinking of the Cuban transport ship “Coubre.”
Account of life and labor in the mills of North Carolina, with much on the actions of the CP-affiliated National Textile Union during the Gastonia strike. Concludes with a proclamation by the NTU, “A Call To Action for All Textile Workers,” calling for shorter hours, higher pay, and better working conditions. Myra Page was also the author of three Rideout-listed novels, “Gathering Storm” (1932), “Moscow Yankee” (1935) and “With Sun In Our Blood” (1950). The current work somewhat uncommon, especially in nice condition.
New Arrivals: A nice run of paperback novels by Philip K. Dick, including a First Edition of his first book - THE SOLAR LOTTERY (1955). There’s enough drugs, paranoia, and space madness to keep you occupied for months here…
Today’s overwhelming staff favorite among the new arrivals: Safe Conduct Pass to Hippie-Land - ca 6” x 6” leaflet on thin paper. Probably a Tuli Kupferberg thing (it has that air of wacked-out brilliance to it, and we can imagine him handing these out on Bleeker Street in 1969), but we may never know for sure who to thank for this one!
50 years before Amadou Diallo, there was the case of William Milton, shot to death on his stoop in Williamsburg for the crime of ordering a beer. This great piece of Brooklyn Communist Party ephemera is one of the only published records of the event. For more on this all-but-forgotten story of NYPD racist violence, go HERE.
Dobler’s second book, a novlized account of the five months he spent touring and visiting various prisons within the Illinois penal system, interviewing and speaking with everyone from convicts to prison staff. An uncommon title inscribed.