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  • Seller image for The Weary Blues for sale by Oddfellow's Fine Books and Collectables

    Hughes, Langston

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1931

    Seller: Oddfellow's Fine Books and Collectables, Topeka, KS, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition; Fifth Printing. First printed in 1926. Ex-library from the Topeka Public Library with the usual markings. Light rubbing at cover edges. Binding very slightly strained but remains undamaged. Text is unmarked though it shows signs of repeated reading. The jacket is rubbed at all edges and folds with loss at the corners and spine ends. Jacket was previously taped to the covers leaving a tape stain on the end pages. ; Inscribed, dated March 3, 1932, and signed by the author on the front endpage. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall; 109 pages; Signed by Author.

  • Langston Hughes

    Seller: George's Books & Autographs, Memphis, TN, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. F. THE WEARY BLUES,Inscribed and Signed. Not a first and no dj. Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for Signed Copy of the The Weary Blues Langston Hughes for sale by Max Rambod Inc

    Hughes, Langston

    Seller: Max Rambod Inc, Woodland Hills, CA, U.S.A.

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    [African American] Hughes, Langston. The Weary Blues. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First edition, 11th printing. Signed and inscribed by Langston Hughes. Yellow cloth hardcovers with green titling. No dust jacket. Octavo. 109 pages. This is Hughes's very first collection of poems, created at the age of 24. In The Weary Blues, Hughes began to address the preoccupations that carried through his later work. The poems follow "a self-assured and lyrical pace-partly because Hughes expected them to be performed with musical accompaniment in the famous Harlem clubs of that era". He asserted his poetic philosophy of speaking not only for himself, but also the whole African American population. The book is split into seven thematic sections: The Weary Blues, Dream Variations, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, A Black Pierrot, Water Front Streets, Shadows in the Sun, and Our Land. After its publication the book won several awards, and the prize money allowed Hughes to complete his college education in Lincoln, Pennsylvania. Hughes explores the Black experience and highlights the emerging culture in Harlem, but also reflects upon Hughes' travels in the early 1920s, in Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean. Hughes inscribes and signs the front flyleaf "For Majorie Samuel - With all my best - Sincerely, Langston Hughes. Hughes's inscription covers the entirety of the page. New York, March 15, 1953." An influential text on the expressive culture in Harlem, this book is in very good condition.

  • Hughes, Langston

    Published by Alfred Knopf. NY, 1929

    Seller: Riverby Books, Fredericksburg, VA, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Alfred Knopf. New York. 1929. Fifth Printing, Jan 1929. Hardcover, 109 pages. Bound in green cloth with gold lettering on the spine (somewhat dulled) and front cover. Very good condition. Clean and tight. SIGNED BY LANGSTON HUGHES on the front endpaper, Langston Hughes, Cleveland, February 2, 1931 Signed by the previous owner, Alan Harvey, on the inside front cover. A few poems are have checks or stars by the titles in pencil; these are poems that the previous owner marked after having heard Hughes read them aloud. This is Langston Hughes first book. The first publications of the poems which would come to stand for a generation of Americans, black and white, ushering in a new age for the country. The Harlem Renaissance, desegregation. I am Negro: / Black as the night is black, / Black lihe the depths of my Africa. / I ve been a slave: / Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean. / I brushed the boots of Washington. / I ve been a worker: / Under my hand the pyramids arose. / I made mortar for the Woolworth Building This is a very nice copy. Please email with questions or to request photos. [stored in the safe]. Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for The Weary Blues for sale by Rivelli's Books

    Hughes, Langston

    Published by Knopf, 1935

    Seller: Rivelli's Books, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.

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    Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First Edition 7th Printing. Original green cloth with gilt to front and spine. Author's first book in second state jacket with the advertisement FINE CLOTHES TO THE JEW on rear panel. Jacket price of 2.00 is intact. Signed and dated by Hughes on the front free endpaper. A one inch closed tear to the front upper edge. There is splitting at the jacket folds but this fragile jacket remains intact. Book itself is tight and clean with an evenly faded dark top stain to the text block. Text has a deckled edge. An impressive example of this title with elusive jacket. Signed by Author(s).

  • Seller image for The Weary Blues Signed presentation copy: "For Mrs. Lester Holt, with my thanks for a delightful afternoon at the Nineteenth Century Woman s Club, Sincerely, Langston Hughes/ New York, November 14, 1945." On the front endpaper. for sale by Brainerd Phillipson Rare Books

    Attractively bound int finely woven yellow cloth stamped in blue lettering on the front boards and on the spine. Lightly soiled boards, but very clean and tight throughout. In a striking pictorial dust jacket by Covarrubias featuring a black piano player evoking a shimmering burst of light over his piano. With a 1" diagonal tear and missing pieces across the bottom of the spine; faint tape residue to the verso. Chipping to the top and bottom of the spine ends. Original price of $2.00 net at the top of the front flap. This copy is signed in bold, black ink on the front endpaper:"For Mrs. Lester Holt, with my thanks for a delightful afternoon at the Nineteenth Century Woman s Club, Sincerely, Langston Hughes/ New York, November 14, 1945." "When it first appeared in 1926, The Weary Blues evoked the rarest praise, and poets as well as reviewers unanimously foretold a bright career for its young author he was then only 23. The fulfillment of their prophecy is well known now,now, and there can be no more telling proof of its continuing than the present edition the ninth of this first volume. Expressing the joy and pathos, the beauty and ugliness of the lives of the colored race, the poems witch comprise it have taken rank with the foremost in our literature. " Dust jacket blurb. James Mercer Langston Hughes (1901 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the Negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue."[2]Growing up in a series of Midwestern towns, Hughes became a prolific writer at an early age. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. He graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio, and soon began studies at Columbia University in New York City. Although he dropped out, he gained notice from New York publishers, first in The Crisis magazine, and then from book publishers and became known in the creative community in Harlem. He eventually graduated from Lincoln University. In addition to poetry, Hughes wrote plays, and short stories. He also published several non-fiction works. From 1942 to 1962, as the civil rights movement was gaining traction, he wrote an in-depth weekly column in a leading black newspaper, The Chicago Defender. (Wikipedia) Later printing with : "Ninth printing, February, 1944" on the copyright page.