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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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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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Welcome the Traveler Home: Jim Garland's Story of the Kentucky Mountains
Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1983. First edition. Posthumously-edited autobiography of the great Kentucky folksinger and activist, with much on his early life as a miner and the coal wars of the twenties and thirties. A scarce title in nice condition; most copies seem to have gone to libraries...
[Item #11254]
Price: $85.00
 
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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
 
Where Have the Heroes Gone (Inscribed). Ted GRIEDER.
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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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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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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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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
 
A Garland of Mountain Song from the Repertoire of the Ritchie Family of Viper, Kentucky. Jean RITCHIE, Alberta Sordini, illus, Merle Armitage, design.
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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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People's Songs - Vol.1, No.12 (January 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. Early issue of this important folk music journal, the present issue containing an early contribution by Woody Guthrie, by way of a letter to the editor and a glowing review of George Thompson's "Marxism and Poetry." Also included are brief pieces by Waldemar Hille, Lee...
[Item #19082]
Price: $50.00
 
People's Songs - Vol.1, No.12 (January 1947). Pete SEEGER, Woody GUTHRIE, contributor.
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People's Songs - Vol.2, No.4 (May 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. Early issue of this important folk music journal. The center spread is dedicated entirely to Woody Guthrie's contributions - three songs about miners ("Miners' Kids and Wives," "Talking Miner," and "The Dying Miner"). Also includes protest, farmer, and prison songs. REUSS 72. Quarto (27.5cm); black...
[Item #19083]
Price: $75.00
 
People's Songs - Vol.2, No.4 (May 1947). Pete SEEGER, Woody GUTHRIE, contributor.
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People's Songs - Vol.2, No.5 (June 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. Early issue of this important folk music journal, the present issue containing an early contribution by Woody Guthrie ("So Long, It's Been Good To Know You"), as well as a small piece on Paul Robeson, whose portrait graces the front cover. REUSS 74. Quarto (27.5cm);...
[Item #19081]
Price: $75.00
 
People's Songs - Vol.2, No.5 (June 1947). Pete SEEGER, Woody GUTHRIE, contributor.
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People's Songs - Vol.2, No.11 (December 1947)
New York: People's Songs, 1947. The Christmas, 1947 issue of this long-running American folk music periodical, with content dedicated primarily to holiday music. "Christmas is a time for singing, and it is also a time when millions remember the words of one who preached the brotherhood of man. What better...
[Item #19176]
Price: $50.00
 
People's Songs - Vol.2, No.11 (December 1947). Pete SEEGER, Waldemar HILLE.
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North Pennsylvania Minstrelsy as Sung in the Backwoods Settlements, Hunting Cabins and Lumber Camps in Northern Pennsylvania, 1840-1910
Altoona: Altoona Tribune Company, 1919. First Edition. Collection of ballads and work songs from Pennsylvania's north woods, collected by Shoemaker with the assistance of native ballad singers John French and John Chatham (whose portraits appear as frontispieces). Reissued in 1923; the first printing is notably uncommon in commerce. COHEN ("Work...
[Item #34023]
Price: $175.00
 
North Pennsylvania Minstrelsy as Sung in the Backwoods Settlements, Hunting Cabins and Lumber Camps in Northern Pennsylvania, 1840-1910. Henry W. SHOEMAKER, compiler.


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