Sunday, February 2, 2014

A nod to Black History Month

The shortest month of the year, but it is a whole month. Black studies and Africa used to be a larger part of my business. My first print catalog was of Africa and included over seven hundred items. Outside of my business interests both areas continue to be of daily interest to me. Below are a few interesting items from my current holdings. As would be expected they have a link to Jewish interests. Feel free to email me if you are interested in receiving a complete list of my holdings.

Caplan, Marc and Linzer, Lori, edited by. Research Report. Uncommon Ground: The Black African Holocaust Council and Other Links Between Black and White Extremists. New York, Anti-Defamation League, 1994. Quarto, paper covers, 21 pp. Softbound. Very Good.  (68225)     $15.00

 Fisk, Alfred & Thurman, Howard. The First Footprints. The Dawn of the Idea of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples: Letters Between Alfred Fisk & Howard Thurman 1943-1944. San Francisco, California, 1975. Octavo, paper covers with minor soiling and wear to the covers, light wear to the free front endpaper, iv, 55 pp. Softbound. Good. Foreword by Howard Thurman. Inscribed by Thurman to Rabbi Saul White and his wife Ruth White. (70236)  Fisk and Thurman were important and popular Christian ministers in San Francisco. Together they created the first inter-racial ministry. They were very active in Ecumenical relations. A history of their church can be found at: Rabbi Saul White was the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco for almost fifty years. He was a constant frustration to the local Jewish establishment, never willing to forgive their anti-Zionism and their lack of concern for the Jews of Nazi Europe. He was well-enough regarded by Thurman that we was invited on a number of occasions to preach at the Fellowship.    $35.00

Green, Ber, edited by. Zamlungen. Fertlyor-Shrift far Literatur Kritik un Kultur-Gezelshaftlekhe Shtudyen. Harbst 1964, Tsenter Yorgang, 31. Gevidmet dem Kamf fun Neger-Folk far Galykhe Recht. [Commemorating the African-American Struggle for their Civil Rights]. New York, Yidishn Shreyber-Fareyn beym YKUF, 1964. Octavo, paper covers, 128 pp. Softbound. Very Good. Text is in Yiddish. (66455)      $18.00

Japtok, Martin. Growing Up Ethnic: Nationalism and the Bildungsroman in African American and Jewish American Fiction. Iowa City, the University of Iowa Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-87745-923-1. Octavo in dust jacket, xii, 201 pp., notes, works cited, index. Hardbound. Very Good.  
           "Growing Up Ethnic examines the presence of literary similarities between African American and Jewish American coming-of-age stories in the first half of the twentieth century; often these similarities exceed what could be explained by socio-historical correspondences alone. Martin Japtok argues that these similarities result from the way both African American and Jewish American authors have conceptualized their “ethnic situation.”
         The issue of “race” and its social repercussions certainly defy any easy comparisons. However, the fact that the ethnic situations are far from identical in the case of these two groups only highlights the striking thematic correspondences in how a number of African American and Jewish American coming-of-age stories construct ethnicity. Japtok studies three pairs of novels-James Weldon Johnson's Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man and Samuel Ornitz's Haunch, Paunch and Jowl, Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun and Edna Ferber's Fanny Herself, and Paule Marshall's Brown Girl, Brownstones and Anzia Yezierska's Bread Giver—and argues that the similarities can be explained with reference to mainly two factors, ultimately intertwined: cultural nationalism and the Bildungsroman genre." text from the dust jacket. (36126)      $20.00

 Jiggetts, J. Ida. Israel To Me: A Negro Social Worker in Israel. New York, Bloch Publishing Company, 1957. Octavo in dust jacket with minor edgewear, xxiv, 274 pp., b/w photos, bibliography. Hardbound. Very Good-. Preface by Abraham I. Katsh. Signed by the author on the free front endpaper. The first account of the new state of Israel from an African-American point of view. Ralph Bunche could have written something very interesting but never did. (8597)      $35.00

 Lazerson, David. Sharing Turf: Race Relations after the Crown Heights Riots. Miami Beach, Florida, Ballad Productions, 2004. ISBN: 0-9753663-0-0. Octavo, glossy paper covers, vi, 278 pp., b/w photos. Softbound. Very Good.  (32436)   For more on Lazerson see his own website at: A very interesting person.  $18.00

Melnick, Jeffrey. A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1999. First Edition. ISBN: 0-674-76976-7. Octavo in dust jacket, x, 277 pp., notes, index. Hardbound. Very Good. An essential treatment of the complicated relationship between Jewish and African-American interests in the history of American Popular Music. (38517)      $18.00

 Michelson, Richard. As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. First Edition. ISBN: 978-0-375-83335-9. Quarto in dust jacket, 40 pp., color illustrations by Raul Colon. Hardbound. Very Good. Winner of the 2009 Sydney Taylor Jewish Book Award. (50304) $8.50

Novik, P. Di Rol fun Yidn in di Neger-Kamfn: Vos Kumt For Tsvishn di Neger? Vos Darf Zeyn Di Rol fun Yidn? Vos iz Forgekumen in Los Andzsheles? Faktn -Tsifern - Bilder. New York, Morning Freiheit, 1965. Small octavo, stapled paper covers, 22 pp. Softbound. Very Good. Text is in Yiddish(43573)      $25.00  

Saul, Shura. The Right to be Different: Twenty-Five sketches of those who sought a better world. [Chicago], Friends of the Family of Lionel Picheny in the Midwest Section, National Jewish Welfare Board, 1961. Royal octavo, thick stiff paper covers, 160 pp., b/w photos and drawings. Third edition, 1967. Softbound. Very Good. Designed and illustrated by Peggy Lipschutz. Edited by Elias Picheny. A text to teach Jewish leadership. Closes with chapters on Martin Luther King and on Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman.  (28301)      $18.00

Schorsch, Jonathan. Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004 [2009]. First paper edition. ISBN: 978-0-521-52723-1. Octavo, paper covers, xiv, 546 pp., a few b/w illustrations, Names of Slaves Belonging to Sephardic Jews of Barbados (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries), Names of Slaves Belonging to Sephardic Jews of Jamaica (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries), Names of Slaves Belonging to Sephardic Jews of Surinam (Eighteenth Century), Names of Slaves Belonging to Sephardic Jews of Curacao (Eighteenth Century), Names of Slaves Belonging to Sephardic Jews of Jamaica (Died Before 1800), Names of Slaves Belonging to Sephardic Jews in Curacao (Died Before 1800), glossary, notes, works cited, index, remainder mark. Softbound. Very Good.  (65212)      $17.98

 Stock, Ernest. Ha-Tsibur ha-Yehudi Nokhah ha-Antishemiyut ha-Kushit/ American Jewry Confronts Black Anti-Semitism. Jerusalem, the Institute of Contemporary Jewry/ Sprinzak, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1970. Duodecimo, paper covers, 60 pp. Softbound. Very Good. Text is in Hebrew (18963)     $18.00

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