Update: WordPress found me this article about James Reese Europe, one of the Harlem Hellfighters, on blackmail4u.com. Europe was an eminent musician and New York City club owner who played an important part in nourishing African American music and culture. I love synchronicity! A link to a video of one of Lt Europe’s compositions, On Patrol in No Man’s Land, is embedded at the end of my post. Thank You Blackmail4u Special Delivery!!
I have the coolest book in my stacks. Well, I have a lot of the coolest books in my stacks. But I sat down with this one today. From Harlem to the Rhine: The Story of New York’s Colored Volunteers by Arthur W. Little, copyright 1936. Little created this detailed and well written history from his first hand experiences, as detailed in his own war diary.
The author details the abuse and threat the African American soldiers suffered on their own American home soil before they even left for the war. Little goes on to catalog in clear and unexaggerated prose these soldiers’ bravery, resourcefulness, great strength of character, senses of humor and musical talents. They endured great privation and danger within the warzone and without. They served our country with the greatest of bravery and honor.
The “Men of Bronze”, Harlem’s Hell Fighters, one of the great fighting units in the the shock division of Gourard’s Fourth Army of France, are well represented here and I am grateful. Many black and white photo illustrations are included, courtesy of Major Gourard himself and of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The book is indexed and contains appendices of letters and military communication.
I consider From Harlem to the Rhine a primary source on World War I history, African American History and a deeply affecting book. Our popular / mass media and education system still has not gotten the memo that white Europeans were not the only key players in our history and culture. It chaps my book loving a– er, my book loving cheeks. The only thing I wish is that we had narrative from the soldiers themselves. Works like this are ever so important to help remedy the ‘colorblindness’ that erases the immense contributions offered and trauma endured by our brothers and sisters of nonwhite ethnicity since the birth of this nation and continuing today. We are not color blind. We are colluding with the whiteout. Books like this can help us right the wrongs done by our dominant and oppressive culture.
I hope your Chanukah and Thanksgiving and any other holiday to include lazing about, introspecting, eating, being with family, escaping from family, being thankful or worrying or commemorating… I hope you are well and wish you a close of the year celebrating and remembering as appropriate, and a fresh hopeful New Year.
Eat and drink for tomorrow we die. Not really, I hope. My heart is with those who struggle and hurt and my joy is in my family, mi vida. And books of course. Give generously to the charity of your choice (find out which charities use your money the way you intend at Charity Navigator) and then remember that charity, and changing the world, begin at home. Mwah.
So here are photos of three lovely books for this year. I have some wonderful Judaica as well and will share those. Please contact me at winecountrybooksnapa at gmail if one looks interesting to you. More will be listed in the coming days. Warmest wishes.
Beasley’s Christmas Party Booth Tarkington
Yes Santa, there is a Charlie Brown
The First Christmas
February 1999 is a fun issue – the risks, beauties and tomfoolery of purchasing collectible books on eBay is a good read nearly 20 years later. $7 includes shipping within the US and great articles including
Collecting William F. Nolan
The Many Lives of Norman Mailer “Charming, pugnacious, arrogant, brilliant, fearless, Mailer has always been controversial…”
The Power of Access “Booksellers who have access to the Internet have speedy, easy access to information about books and a place to interact…”
The Internet Follies, or Dancing on eBay
If you are a collector or simply love a particular author, I have a select few back issues of Firsts the Book Collector’s Magazine in very good condition.
Firsts sells these on their website; as mine are used, I will of course drop the price.
All prices include shipping and handling within the US. Outside the US, contact winecountrybooksnapa at gmail to inquire about international shipping rates.
Are you a book collector or book lover? You may find our collection of vintage copies of Firsts The Book Collector’s Magazine worthwhile. Each issue is $7, shipping is free in the United States. For shipping outside the US, contact us at winecountrybooksnapa at gmail.
June 1998 Contains articles including
Worldwide Detectives “Where there are human beings, there is crime. Detectives may ply their craft at any time in history or any place on the globe. We look at three very different and far-flung detectives…”
The Firsts Guide to Grading Books Part 5 ” Firsts concludes its series by examining conditions that render a book uncollectable… incomplete and unattractive…”
Collecting Charles Willeford “When Miami Blues was first published in 1984…”
Casing K.C. Constantine “… this author has managed to guard his true identity for more than a quarter of a century while writing a series of fascinating mysteries set in fictional Rocksburg, PA…”
Winter is coming.
For koselig (“cozy” in Norwegian ) armchair vintage travel dreams on long winter evenings- beautiful black and white and color illustrations of 1958 Norway landscapes wildlife and outdoor life.
As a special bonus, the dinner menu for the Norwegian American Line’s North Cape Balkan Summer Cruise, Thursday August 7th 1958, is laid in.
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Complimentary copy from the Norwegian American Line North Cape-Baltic Summer Cruise, M/S Bergensfjord, Thursday August 7 1958. Large folded dinner menu card laid in. Owner name on front end paper. Color or black and white photos on every page. Linen textured and glossy pages are toned and foxed but clean and tight. Orange cloth cover with gilt flower stamp on front is clean and bright. Dust jacket has edge wear chips creases and soiling.
The Rise and Destiny of the German Jew 1934 Union of American Hebrew Congregations
According to a review in Foreign Affairs, April 1935,
A scholarly account of the Jews since 1871, the author maintaining that they will stay in Germany and adjust themselves to new conditions.
Text block is darkened with age. Black cloth cover is lightly faded but overall clean and clear with silver gilt and red stylized stamped round motifs relevant to Jews in Germany in 1934- swastika, menorah, industry, burning at the stake. Former owner bookplate on front end paper. Text block lightly darkened with time otherwise tight and clean. Corners lightly bumped with two corners beginning to fray.