One-Way Ticket. Inscribed to Moses Asch
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. The inscription likely refers to Hughes's 1955 recording for Moe Asch's recording company, Folkways, titled The Glory of Negro History - one of several spoken-word collaborations between Hughes and Asch in the decade of the Fifties. Asch was a pioneer not only of recorded folk music - pressing the first commercial sides of artists as diverse as Pete Seeger and Leadbelly - but also a staunch supporter of the civil rights movement, as evidenced by his numerous collaborations with African-American poets and musicians throughout the post-war years. A terrific association. Octavo. Canary-yellow boards backed in navy blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; dustjacket; 136pp. Inscribed by Langston Hughes on front endpaper: "Especially for Moe Asch - and our record - Sincerely, Langston," dated New York, August 1955. A tight, Near Fine copy in lightly worn dustwrapper with small loss near crown (not affecting text); VG to Near Fine.