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Roots, Haley, Alex
1 Haley, Alex Roots
New York Doubleday 1976 0385037872 / 9780385037877 First Hardcover Very Good Near Fine 
First Edition. First Printing. From the Donald Olsen collection of modern firsts. A very good copy in an unclipped and near fine dustjacket. One small faded spot to the top page edge only. The dustjacket is protected in archival cover and there is just very light edgewear to the front upper panel--no chips. Signed by the author (signature only) to the front free endpaper. Researched extensively--this book won Haley the Pulitzer Prize and became a well received television adaptation. 587 pp. Uncut fore edge. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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Pinktoes (First Printing), Himes, Chester
2 Himes, Chester Pinktoes (First Printing)
New York Stein and Day (Putnam) 1965 First Hardcover 
First Edition/First Printing 1965. A handsome copy--fine in a near fine price clipped dustjacket--This copy has the usual light fading to the pink coloring seen in this title. Only very mild rubbing to the DJ and one tiny chip at head of spine--otherwise a nice collectable clean copy. An interracial satire written in the 1960's when subjects like these were just coming into mainstream view. This book had to be first published in Paris by the Olympia Press--before it was accepted in America. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Motley, Willard
3 Motley, Willard Let No Man Write My Epitaph
New York Random House 1958 First Cloth Near Fine Near Fine 
First Printing. A handsome copy in near fine condition in an unclipped ($4.95) and near fine dustjacket. Tangerine cloth with white and black lettering. 467 pp. Front free endpaper is loose at the top. Light age toning to tangerine cloth. Dark gray top stain. Dustjacket is unclipped and lightly age toned with a bit of soiling. Tiny bit of chipping to the head and heel of the spine--otherwise a nice solid collectable copy with a bright dustjacket cover. This novel was the follow up to "Knock On Any Door" from 1947. The recounting of life whose tendency to decency are beaten down by a Chicago slum upbringing. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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