A Book about Jazz.
First Edition. “Quite simply, But Beautiful is one of the most astonishing books I’ve ever read. An impressionistic, semi-fictionalised series of portraits of early jazz legends – Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Ben Webster, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus et al – it’s also one of the great books about popular music, period” (Dan Hill in his respected architecture, design, and urbanism blog cityofsound. Uncommon signed.
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Octavo. Original canary yellow boards in unclipped dust jacket. Illustration to the half-title, Milt Hinton’s photograph of Ben Webster, Red Allen, and Pee Wee Russell. Top corners very slightly bumped, but a very good copy.