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This first edition of one of Langston Hughes’s most important collections of stories is one of his scarcest, especially with the rare dust wrapper that is present on this copy.

This facsimile of the original manuscript was privately printed for native Delawarean Eldridge Reeves Johnson (1867–1945), who purchased the manuscript from the renowned Philadelphia bookseller Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach in 1928. Johnson made his fortune as co‑founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and his legacy is maintained at the Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover, Del.

With this acquisition, the University of Delaware Library holds a complete set of the important American printer, papermaker, and paper historian’s books printed at his Chillicothe-based Mountain House Press.

This is a first edition of the first novel by the important Harlem Renaissance author.

This prominent African American poet’s scarce first book was published in the distinguished Yale Series of Younger Poets with a forward by Stephen Vincent Benet.


This selection of twelve poems is the American poet’s first, and scarcest book.  This copy bears Corman’s 1949 presentation inscription.

This is the first edition of one of the twentieth century’s most important and popular novels.

This is one of only three known copies of the African-American artist and author’s first book. Major was just 15 years old when he wrote the book, which his uncle had printed.

One of 13 special copies with an original autograph poem, as well as an original collage by the illustrator Jess Collins, this copy was specially prepared for the publisher Robert Creeley.