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LOMAX, John A.

Adventures of a Ballad Hunter.

Published: New York: The Macmillan Company, 1947

Stock code: 88028

Price: £350

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First edition, first impression. This copy inscribed on the half-title; “Yours sincerely, John A. Lomax, Dallax, Tex., March 1, 1947”. Entertaining autobiography of the pioneering American folklorist and musicologist, the man who “discovered ” Lead Belly, from hard-scrabble Texas farm to the Library of Congress. The book was optioned for a movie to star Bing Crosby as Lomax and Josh White as Huddie Ledbetter, but never went into production. An uncommon book inscribed, Lomax died of a stroke just 10 months after publication.

Octavo. Original red cloth, title in blue, guitar device to the front board. With the dust jacket. Chapter headers by Ken Chamberlain. Slight lean, else very good in slightly rubbed jacket with some minor chipping and splitting to the edges, internal; repairs with archival tape.

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