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Image for Manual of the Corporation [Common Council] of the City of New York, for 1866

Manual of the Corporation [Common Council] of the City of New York, for 1866

By: d.t. valentine

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Edmund Jones & Co., NY: 1866

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: k191118a

Condition: Fair


1st ed., 12mo. publisher's embossed brown cloth with seal of New York on front and spin. [xvi], 820 pp. Chromolith title page, 11 color plates [4 folding] and dozens of b/w illustrations, maps, and tables. Condition is fair: Text block is clean and tight overall with occasional foxing. Fold-out map and diagram to accompany “The Great Fires in New York City in 1776 and 1778], opposite p. 786, is detached and tattered. Covers: Corners rubbed, front hinge cracked at both ends with chipped lower gutter; rubbed at both spine ends; 1” cracks at both ends of rear cover. Presentation copy from F... View more info

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Devere's Negro Sketches / Recitations and End-Men's Gags

By: Devere, William

Price: $17.50

Publisher: Charles T. Powner: 1946

Seller ID: 111102


1946 reprint of a book first issued in 1924. 8vo illustrated wrappers. 130 pp. A collection of minstrel gags, jokes, and speeches 'adapted to the use of amateurs and professionals.' Fine copy; no chips or tears - mild age-toning to the news pulp pages. View more info

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Fair Angelica / Black Cargoes - Original screenplay about revolt on an American Slave ship during the middle passage, circa 1835

By: Matthiessen, Peter

Price: $4,500.00

Publisher: 1972

Seller ID: s180622m


Original unpublished and unproduced screenplay about revolt on an American Slave ship [the Fair Angelica] navigating the middle passage, circa 1835. A very unusual subject for Matthiessen. “Fair Angelica” is a first draft, typed carbon, 123 loose leaves -- an agency copy used to solicit producers and investors -- one of whom was the progressive filmmaker Martin Ritt. “Black Cargoes” is a revised and retitled draft, 112 pp. in black studio 2-post covers. Mostly mimeographed, but with a dozen typed and corrected pages interleaved; numerous holographic additions or changes throughout b... View more info

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The Balance and Columbian Repository - Hudson, New York: Mar 20, 1804. "Ode on Seeing a Negro Funeral"

By: [Slavery] Bryant Edwards

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Hudson NY, The Balance and Columbian Repository : 1804

Edition: 1st edition

Seller ID: k200225e

Condition: Poor


Vol III No. 12. 8 pp., 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Possibly the first American printing of the poem “Ode on Seeing a Negro Funeral"by Bryant Edwards, first published in Jamaica in 1792. The ode voices the imagined feelings of slaves as they accompany the body of Mahali to his burying place. They begin by rejoicing in his death as a release ‘from slav’r’s chain and restoration to his native Skies and long lost African homeland.” ##### Also an Article defending Aaron Burr by Aristides [pseudonym either of William Peter Van Ness. a friend of Aaron Burr wdho served as his second in his duel ... View more info