Bound galley (stated) of the first edition of Butler's post-apocalyptic novel, sent by the publisher to James Sallis, who was one of Butler's instructors "where Octavia got her start" (Carl Brandon Society) — at the 1970 Clarion Writers Workshop.
First printing of this novel about Black man just released from prison, "the bright boy of infinite promise [...] and the very old parolee of twenty-two, who sees little difference between the prison world and the world outside."
Edited by Countee Cullen with decorations by Aaron Douglas, with works by Paul Laurence Dunbar, W.E.B. Du Bois, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Anne Spencer, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Jessie Fauset and others
First printing of this collection of Black poetry from the late nineteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance, compiled by one of the period's "most talented writers" (Finkelman, 526).
First trade edition in first-state jacket, warmly inscribed in the year of publication: "11/30/76 / Tom and Barbara McDermott, / I want to join Stan and / Marilyn in wishing you a / Very Merry Christmas! / Alex Haley."
First printing of this youth poetry anthology, reflecting the urgency of the Civil Rights Movement, the '68 Chicago riots, the Vietnam War, illustrated with prize-winning children's photographs of urban scenes.
First edition, first printing of this Black romance from the Starlight series led by the influential Black editor Veronica Mixon — written by editor Vivian Stephens's sister and one of the founding board members of the RWA.