Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1928. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (23cm). Recently rebound in quarter linen over paper-covered boards; x,-181pp; text diagrams; 17 inserted leaves of photographic plates (halftones) not reckoned in pagination. Closed marginal tear to second flyleaf (blank); minimal aging to text; Near Fine, albeit not in the original publisher's binding.
An important study, documenting the author's procedures and equipment for recording and notating the performances of vernacular musicians in the American South. Metfessel devised a novel form of musical notation to capture the glides and diction unique to African-American blues and gospel performance, with numerous examples in the text. WORK p.438.