Thursday, March 10, 2022

Georgia bookseller Lee Linn trades in hard-to-find 1960s and 1970s Black Urban Fiction, and decorative bindings

Lee Linn of The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia, is a longtime exhibitor at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. She made this FIRST LOOK video to highlight some of the items she plans to bring to the book fair in April 

 A selection of titles from Holloway House, a Los Angeles publisher best known for 1960s and 70s Black urban fiction. Ephemera from Norman Studios in Jacksonville, which produced movies in the 1930s with entirely Black casts. Collection includes promotional material sent to theaters. 

One of her favorites, Lee will include books with decorative bindings from early 20th century, featuring such artists as Margaret Armstrong and Harrison Fisher. Also in her collection will be Florida stereo views, including scenes from Jacksonville and Tampa areas, citrus groves, alligators, and foliage. She'll also have cookbooks, ranging from Cross Creek Cookery to Mary Randolph’ s Virginia Housewife to recipes from water skiers in Winter Haven! 

And finally, she'll have a first edition of the Lomax’s Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Leadbelly, with DJ (poor one!) ownership signature of musicologist Rudi Blesh. She also will have a little children’s reading corner with some free books.

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