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.
Milwaukee: Mary Ellen Shadd, 1959. Original illustrated card wrappers; 72pp; illus; adverts. Brief ink notation to front cover. Light external wear; still a clean, complete, VG copy.
Scarce Negro directory, issued by the publisher of the Milwaukee Defender, Wisconsin’s only black-owned paper. Includes hundreds of ads for black-owned businesses, nearly all in Milwaukee. Quite uncommon.
The first major work by Steward under his Phil Andros pseudonym, now considered a classic of gay literature. Steward, who spent most of his adult life in Chicago, had a PhD in English and taught at a variety of institutions through the mid 1940’s. He left academia and made a name for himself as one of the leading tattoo artists of his day, for a time serving as the official tattoo artist for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in the Bay Area. He lived an open, renegade homosexual lifestyle, meticulously documenting his sexual conquests and escapades in diaries and a box marked “Stud File.” After meeting Alfred Kinsey in 1949, he spent a number of years working for the Institute for Sex Research in an unofficial capacity, openly sharing the details of his sexual records and introducing Kinsey to large numbers of sexually active men in the Chicago area. In 1966, thanks to changes in American publishing laws, he published $tud under the Guild Press imprint, a novel told in a series of 18 episodes. It’s the story of “a cocky male hustler who made no bones about his illicit profession, nor his countless erotic encounters.” Like his character, Steward was “a macho rebel and a proud gay man writing at a time when many similar stories were still drenched in shame and guilt” (Peters, Brooks. Lover Man: The Samuel Steward Story). The rare dustjacket shows superb wraparound artwork, designed by homoerotic illustrator “Etienne” (pseud. of Dom Orejudos). Though the book was reprinted in the early 1980’s by Alyson Books, the first edition is rare.
"The story of a black, happy-go-lucky vagabond’s life among the drifters who live along the waterfront in Marseilles during the 1920’s; his friend, Ray, is his antithesis (and resembles the author), an intellectual in search of himself, a man who articulates McKay’s disillusionment with the Harlem Renaissance" (PERRY, Margaret. The Harlem Renaissance: An Annotated Bibliography and Commentary, p.119). An accurate social perspective of Negro life in southern France, drawn directly from McKay’s experience living in Marseilles.
Original pennant for the New York Black Yankees, a prominent Negro League baseball team active in the Negro National League from 1936-1948. The team was originally founded in Harlem as the Harlem Black Bombers in 1931 by financier James “Soldier Boy” Semler and dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The team was alternately based in New York City, Rochester, and Paterson, NJ, with notable players including Satchel Paige, Fats Jenkins, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, and Willie Wells. A rare and well preserved ephemeral survival of the Negro Leagues.
A selection from our Catalog 19 (shipping tomorrow!) - PIECE NOW, PIECE NOW, an original lithographed poster, ca.1968-1970.
A striking poster, featuring two rifles with scopes at center, each with the slogan “PIECE NOW” directly above. Likely produced during the late 1960’s as a play on the pacifist cry of “Peace Now,” so often heard during the anti-war rallies of that tumultuous period. A scarce poster; we find no examples for sale in the trade (2014), with the only example known to us sold at Swann (2013).