A first edition, hardcover book with dust jacket, Five Plays by Ed Bullins. The dust jacket features a full-page black-and-white photograph of Ed Bullins in front of the New Lafayette Theater. Bullins is seen from the waist up, facing the camera, wearing a black long sleeve shirt, unbuttoned at the neck. He is also wearing a thick, chain with large pendant around his neck. Behind his proper left shoulder is the sign for the theater with a black and white stylized face above black text that reads [THE NeW / LaFaYeTTE / THEaTRe]. Behind his proper right shoulder is a pair of glass doors. The lower half of the cover features the book title in red stylized text written over Bullin's shirt, [FIVE PLAYS / BY ED / BULLINS]. Along the bottom edge of the front cover in white text is [WINNER OF THE 1968 VERNON RICE AWARD]. The spine of the dust jacket is white with black, narrow, text [FIVE PLAYS BY ED BULLINS / BOBBS-MERRILL]. The back cover of the dust jacket is white with black text that features two Bullins’ play reviews by Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. The interior front and back flaps of the dust jacket feature a review of Bullins’ plays and short biography written by Black Theatre. The book has a black cloth binding. The exterior spine of the book is embossed with metallic red text that spans the entire length of the spine, [FIVE PLAYS BY ED BULLINS / BOBBS-MERRILL]. Both the front and back covers of the book are blank. The book features five plays include Goin’ a Buffalo; In the Wine Time; A Son, Come Home; The Electronic Nigger; Clara’s Ole Man. The title pages for each play are preceded by a black-and-white image from a live performance of that play. The book is two hundred and eighty-two (282) pages long. There are inscriptions in ink and pencil on the front free endpaper.
A paperback journal with black cover, The Drama Review: Volume 12, Number 4. The subtitle of this volume is Black Theater. The front cover is black with white text and illustration. At the top of the cover is the masthead with the publication’s subtitle [BLACK / THEATRE] with the title of the publication [tdr / the drama review] in a white outlined block in the lower right corner of the subtitle. Below the masthead is a black and white illustration of a poster covering the text of a billing block. The poster illustration features a silhouette of a man holding a shotgun on the upper left quadrant. In the upper third of the poster is black text in a mix of typeface and handwritten style text: [THE / BLACK / ARTS / ALLIANCE / PRESENTS / A BENEFIT FOR / THE BLACK PANTHER / PARTYFOR SELF DEFENSE / THURSDAY MAY 25 /8:00PM / FILLMORE AUDITORIUM / 1805 GEARY BLVD. / SAN FRANCISCO]. The bottom third of the poster features the text [SPEAKERS] followed by the names of the following individuals [HUEY P. NEWTON / MINISTER OF DEFENSE / FOR B.P.P.S.D], [LeRoi Jones/ [---?] / [---?]], [Stokley Carmichael / FORMER CHAIRMAN / OF SNCC] [PLUS / BLAX DRAMA AND MUSIC / [---?] /[---?]]. In the bottom right corner of the front cover in white text is [$2.00 15s]. The spine is black with white text at the spine head that reads [tdr/the drama review] and [new york university T40] at the spine foot. The back cover features an advertisement for Century Theatre Lighting. The book is one hundred and eighty pages long. Inscription in pencil on the page preceding the table of contents.