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Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, Transcribed for Piano by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Op. 59. With a Preface by Booker T. Washington
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1905. First Edition. Landmark collection of African-American spirituals, by the first African-American to gain true eminence as a composer in the European classical style. Somewhat scarce in dustwrapper. Quarto (32cm). Original card wrappers; dustjacket; (xiv), 125pp. Near Fine in the scarce printed dustwrapper, chipped at corners and...
[Item #14080]
Price: $125.00
 
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Beside Myself
New York: Flatiron Press, 1962. First Edition. A significant association, joining two of the great figures of the 1960s folk revival. Allan Block (1923-2013) was the long-time proprietor of the Allan Block Sandal Shop, on West 4th Street, which would become one of the twin hubs of the Greenwich Village...
[Item #26448]
Price: $200.00
 
Beside Myself. Allan BLOCK.
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Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry as Found in the Secular Songs of the Southern Negroes [in] The Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol. XXIV no XCIII (July - Sept 1911) and Vol. XXIV No. XCIV (October-Dec 1911)
Lancaster: American Folk-Lore Society, 1911. First Edition. Odum's important treatise on African-American secular folk-song, a sequel of sorts to his Religious Folk-Songs of the Southern Negroes (1909) and a precursor to his classic Negro Workaday Songs of 1925. The current essay was never published in book form, this fragile journal...
[Item #31159]
Price: $350.00
 
Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry as Found in the Secular Songs of the Southern Negroes [in] The Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol. XXIV no XCIII (July - Sept 1911) and Vol. XXIV No. XCIV (October-Dec 1911). Franz BOAS, Howard W. Odum.
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American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1975. First Edition. Standard and definitive collection of labor songs from the late Colonial period through the Progressive Era. A great copy. Quarto. Blue cloth boards; dustjacket; xvii, 356pp; illus. Fine, tight, unmarked copy in a crisp and unworn jacket, Near Fine.
[Item #20138]
Price: $25.00
 
American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century. Philip S. FONER.
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Folklorist of the Coal Fields: George Korson's Life and Work
State College: Penn State University Press, 1980. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth boards; dustjacket; 200pp; illus. Slight sun-fading to jacket spine panel, else a Fine, apparently unread copy. Biography of folklorist and folk song collector George Korson, whose compilations of coal-mining songs remain one of the key contributions to Pennsylvania folk history.
[Item #26467]
Price: $20.00
 
Folklorist of the Coal Fields: George Korson's Life and Work. Angus K. GILLESPIE.
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Original Silkscreen Poster: Untitled [Portrait of Pete Seeger]
N.p. 1965. Striking portrait of a folksinger with a twelve-string guitar. Though untitled, the image bears a strong resemblance to Newman's 2009 poster-portrait of Pete Seeger, who we strongly suspect is the subject of this piece as well. Rare image by the talented West Coast printmaker Earl Newman (b. 1930)...
[Item #16063]
Price: $600.00
 
Original Silkscreen Poster: Untitled [Portrait of Pete Seeger]. GRAPHICS & ORIGINAL ART, Earl NEWMAN.
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Corpus (Inscribed)
N.p. by the author, 1967. First Edition. Octavo. Printed, staple-bound wrappers; 46pp. Limited to 100 copies, printed at the Hooiberg Printing Co., Epe, Netherlands. Inscribed below limitation statement: "For the promoter of good music & poetry - Izzy Young / Ted Grieder," undated. Mild external dusting, else Fine. Izzy Young...
[Item #26451]
Price: $45.00
 
Corpus (Inscribed). Ted GRIEDER.
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Where Have the Heroes Gone (Inscribed)
N.p. by the author, n.d. (ca 1967). First Edition. Octavo. Printed, staple-bound wrappers; 46pp. Limited to 50 copies. Cover design and illustrations by Bernice Mast. Inscribed below limitation statement: "Copy for Izzy Young for his collection. When he collects this, he collects everything / Ted Grieder," undated. Mild external dusting...
[Item #26453]
Price: $45.00
 
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American Folksong [Lengthily Inscribed, with Original Watercolor]
New York: Moe Asch / Disc Company of America, 1947. First Edition. An important Guthrie book, containing a number of his best songs; one of his toughest to find in acceptable condition, and very rare signed. In addition to the colorful watercolor presentation, this copy includes an extraordinary, lengthy inscription...
[Item #26141]
Price: $17,500.00
 
American Folksong [Lengthily Inscribed, with Original Watercolor]. Woody GUTHRIE.
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Bound for Glory
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1943. First Edition. A decent example of Woody's great autobiography, an enduring classic of American Depression-era writing. First Printing. Octavo; black cloth, with titles and illustration in gilt on spine and front panel; yellow topstain; 428pp. Gilt moderately oxidized, with dustiness to boards and a trace...
[Item #11750]
Price: $400.00
 
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California to the New York Island: Being a Pocketfull of Brags, Blues, Bad-Men Ballads, Love Songs, Okie Laments and Children's Catcalls
New York: The Guthrie Children's Trust Fund, 1958. First Edition. Notes and text to 29 songs, including some of Guthrie's most popular ballads: "Bound for Glory," "Hard Travelin'," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Talking Dust Bowl," and "This Land Is Your Land." Edited by Millard Lampell, with a 2pp introduction by Pete...
[Item #26404]
Price: $125.00
 
California to the New York Island: Being a Pocketfull of Brags, Blues, Bad-Men Ballads, Love Songs, Okie Laments and Children's Catcalls. Woody GUTHRIE, Millard songs: LAMPELL.
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California to the New York Island: Being a Pocketfull of Brags, Blues, Bad-Men Ballads, Love Songs, Okie Laments and Children's Catcalls
New York: The Guthrie Children's Trust Fund, 1960. Second Edition. Notes and text to 29 songs, including some of Guthrie's most popular ballads: "Bound for Glory," "Hard Travelin'," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Talking Dust Bowl," and "This Land Is Your Land." Edited by Millard Lampell, with a 2pp introduction by Pete...
[Item #26422]
Price: $60.00
 
California to the New York Island: Being a Pocketfull of Brags, Blues, Bad-Men Ballads, Love Songs, Okie Laments and Children's Catcalls. Woody GUTHRIE, Millard songs: LAMPELL.
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The Woody Guthrie Songbook
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [1976]. First Edition. First printing, wrapper issue. Quarto (27cm.); original black pictorial card wrappers; 253,[3]pp.; plain photographic illus., sheet music. Extremties rubbed, most notably to spine foot, else Near Very Good. Includes music and lyrics for sixty original songs, as well as "Writings, Drawings, Memorabilia...
[Item #21301]
Price: $25.00
 
The Woody Guthrie Songbook. Woody GUTHRIE, design Will Hopkins, Harold Leventhal, eds Marjorie Guthrie.
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Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920. Follow-up volume to the author's highly-regarded Cowboy Songs (1910), collecting 74 cowboy songs and ballads broken up into three sections: "Cowboy Yarns," "The Cowboy Off Guard," and "Cowboy Types." With a foreword by William Lyon Phelps. Scarce in dustjacket. Second Printing. Octavo (19.5cm): rust-colored...
[Item #26403]
Price: $200.00
 
Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp. John A. LOMAX.
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Jazz 'n Pops. A complete catalog of Jazz and Popular Longplay Records. Run of 21 issues.
New York: Long Player Publications, 1957-59. First Edition. A substantial run of early issues of this seminal periodical catalog, which amounts to a nearly-complete discography of popular, folk, blues and jazz albums released during the late 1950's. This grouping is of particular importance as it documents the transition to stereo...
[Item #27401]
Price: $300.00
 
Jazz 'n Pops. A complete catalog of Jazz and Popular Longplay Records. Run of 21 issues. LONG PLAYER PUBLICATIONS.
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The Ewan MacColl - Peggy Seeger Songbook
New York: Oak Publications, 1963. First Edition. Quarto. Pictorial card wrappers; 94pp; illus. Minor external scuffing to wrappers, internally clean and unmarked; Very Good. Introduction by Irwin Silber. A clean, attractive copy.
[Item #26493]
Price: $20.00
 
The Ewan MacColl - Peggy Seeger Songbook. Ewan MAcCOLL, Peggy Seeger.
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Look What They Done To My Song
New York: Random House, 1974. First Edition. Octavo. Green cloth-backed boards; dustjacket; 251pp. Tight, Near Fine copy; remainder mark to bottom edge of text block. In the original pictorial dustwrapper, slightly toned at extremities but still sharp and unworn; Very Good Plus. Erratum slip included. Jazz novel; first book by...
[Item #20215]
Price: $45.00
 
Look What They Done To My Song. John McCLUSKEY.
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Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music
Chapel Hill: Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, 2002. First Edition. Thick quarto. Green cloth boards, 1002pp. Fine, unmarked and apparently unread copy. Now the standard discography of American traditional music, and one of the greatest subject discographies ever compiled. Arranged with separate sections for...
[Item #26491]
Price: $100.00
 
Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music. Guthrie MEADE, Douglas S. Meade Dick Spottswood.
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Tragedy of Naomi Wise and How She Came to Her Untimely End by Jonathan Lewis and Life of Andrew Jackson. Published by Colonel I.J. Brittain [...]
Winston-Salem, NC: I.J. Brittain, N.d. [ca 1920?]. An odd piece of North Carolina mendicant literature, published by "...an old, disabled Confederate Veteran" who implores his reader: "...never loan this book to any one. I will keep these Books in stock. Tell them to confine four dimes between two Postal Cards...
[Item #29623]
Price: $450.00
 
Tragedy of Naomi Wise and How She Came to Her Untimely End by Jonathan Lewis and Life of Andrew Jackson. Published by Colonel I.J. Brittain [...]. MENDICANT LITERATURE, Braxton Craven, Colonel I. J. BRITTAIN.
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The Man Who Adores the Negro: Race and American Folklore
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008. First Edition. Octavo. Blue cloth boards; 210pp. Fine, unmarked copy. Issued simultaneously in wrappers; this is the somewhat less common hardcover edition. No jacket, perhaps as issued.
[Item #26459]
Price: $25.00
 
The Man Who Adores the Negro: Race and American Folklore. Patrick B. MULLEN.
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Woke Up This Mornin': Poetry of the Blues
New York: Bantam Books, [1973]. First Edition. 12mo (17.5cm.); original black pictorial card wrappers; [16].122pp. Textblock uniformly toned, else Fine. Collection of lyrics by the major blues singers, including Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bukka White, and Howlin' Wolf. With an introduction by Nicholas.
[Item #25876]
Price: $20.00
 
Woke Up This Mornin': Poetry of the Blues. A. X. NICHOLAS, ed., Muddy Waters Leadbelly, B. B. King, contributors.
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Le Point - Revue Artistique et Litteraire, XL (Janvier 1952). Le Jazz
Paris: Le Point, 1952. First Edition. Entire issue devoted to (mostly American) jazz, with articles by Hugues Panassie ("Le Jazz, musique vivant"), Madeleine Gautier ("Le Blues"); Big Bill Broonzy ("Lowland Blues"), others. Many full-page photographs featuring portraits of Don Byas, Zutty Singleton, Mezz Mezzrow, Louis Armstrong, and others; 10 photos...
[Item #20005]
Price: $100.00
 
Le Point - Revue Artistique et Litteraire, XL (Janvier 1952). Le Jazz. Hugues PANASSIE, Madeleine Gautier, Big Bill Broonzy.
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The Muse of Parker Street - More Songs by Malvina Reynolds
New York: Oak Publications, 1967. First Edition. Quarto. Pictorial card wrappers; 96pp. Clean, tight and unmarked copy with a bit of external rubbing to wrappers; Very Good Plus. The second collection of Reynolds's original compositions to be published by Oak. Reynolds is best known as the author of the folk...
[Item #26494]
Price: $45.00
 
The Muse of Parker Street - More Songs by Malvina Reynolds. Malvina REYNOLDS.
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A Garland of Mountain Song from the Repertoire of the Ritchie Family of Viper, Kentucky
New York: Broadcast Music, Inc, 1953. First Edition. Collection of Appalachian mountain songs and ballads as sung by Jean Ritchie on her various iconic folk albums of the Fifties, here arranged for piano by Hally Wood Gordon. The illustrations are by Alberta Sordini, and the book was designed by Merle...
[Item #32180]
Price: $100.00
 
25.

The Bells of Rhymney and Other Songs and stories from the singing of Pete Seeger
New York: Oak Publications, 1964. First Edition. Quarto. Pictorial card wrappers; 120pp. Small area of scuffing to front cover, else a clean, unmarked copy, Very Good. Lyrics and notation for some of Seeger's best-known songs, including "I Never Will Marry," "The Foolish Frog," "No Irish Need Apply," etc.
[Item #26500]
Price: $20.00
 
The Bells of Rhymney and Other Songs and stories from the singing of Pete Seeger. Pete SEEGER, illus Dan Seeger.


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