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VAN DER ZEE, James.DODSON, Owen.BILLOPS, Camille.MORRISON, Toni, foreword.

Published by Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, 1978, ISBN:0871001527 (1978)

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About this Item: Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, 1978, ISBN:0871001527, 1978. VAN DER ZEE, James, Owen DODSON, and Camille BILLOPS. The Harlem Book of the Dead. With a Foreword by Toni Morrison. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan & Morgan,(1978). First Paperback Printing. Pp. (10),1-85,(1). Illustrated in blackand white. Large 8vo, photo-illustrated white card covers with brown lettering and borders to front cover, brown lettering to spine. "'The Harlem Bookof the Dead' with its photographs, poems and text are more than representational reflections of mourning rites. They reveal the history of a time inHarlem, now past, when society cared for both the living and the dead, thebelief that we must presrve a standard of pride representing order high inspiritual and temporal values. There is a purging of sorrow in the very pageantry of funerals. Carelessness about death might reflect a carelessness about life. The examples in ritual as prsented in this volume are as universal as death -- and there are Harlems everywhere." - from the rear cover. With 39 photograph illustrations. Light flaring to front cover, small stickerresidue to upper left front corner of cover, else a very good copy. 125.00. Seller Inventory # 108497

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Van Der Zee, James, Owen Dodson, Camille Billops (with a Foreword by Toni Morrison)

Published by Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA (1978)

ISBN 10: 0871001527 ISBN 13: 9780871001528

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About this Item: Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA, 1978. Soft Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. James Van Der Zee, Photography (illustrator). First Edition. White pictorial wrapper. Owners stamp on the half title page. Volume has wear to all edges, a small tear at the top of the front spine fold, light soil to covers. Now in protective wrap. James Van Der Zee, Photography; Owen Dodson, Poetry; Camille Billops, Text "The Harlem Book of the Dead with its photographs, poems and text are more than representational reflections of mourning rites. They reveal the history of a time in Harlem, now past, when society cared for both the living and the dead, in the belief that we must preserve a standard of pride representing order high in spiritual and temporal values. There is a purging of sorrow in the very pageantry of funerals. Carelessness about death might reflect a carelessness about life. The examples of ritual as presented in this volume are as universal as death - and there are Harlems everywhere.". Seller Inventory # 13582

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VAN DER ZEE, James, Owen Dodson, and Camille Billops; Toni Morrison, foreword

Published by Morgan & Morgan [1978], Dobbs Ferry, NY (1978)

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From: Lorne Bair Rare Books, ABAA (Winchester, VA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Morgan & Morgan [1978], Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1978. Paperback. First Edition. Collected post-mortem photographs taken by James Van Der Zee in Harlem morgues and funerals from approx. 1916 to 1969, many with lavish overlays of religious subjects. Most of the subjects are African-American, though he was hired to photograph a few white funerals. Includes many young children, some hit by cars, but many of whom died of pneumonia living in unheated apartments. A number, though not all, are accompanied with quite detached explanations by the photographer (pp.82-85), the most striking of which describes the death of a young female subject: "She was the one I think was shot by her sweetheart at a party with a noiseless gun. She complained of being sick at the party and friends said, 'Well, why don't you lay down?' and they taken [sic] her in the room and laid her down. After they undressed her and loosened her clothes, they saw the blood on her dress. They asked her about it and she said, 'I'll tell you tomorrow, yes, I'll tell you tomorrow.' She was just trying to give him a chance to get away" (p. 84). Text accompanying the photographs include untitled poems by Harlem Renaissance writer Owen Dodson and an interview with the photographer. With a brief foreword by the Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison. Quarto (26.5cm.); original white glossy photo-illustrated wrappers; [10],85pp.; illus. throughout. Wrappers slightly edge worn, old dampstain affecting latter half of textblock with subsequent cockling, else About Very Good. Seller Inventory # 27736

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