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STEARNS, Marshall.

The Story of Jazz.

Published: New York: Oxford University Press, 1956

Stock code: 83686

Price: £450

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First edition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For Libby – you know [underlined] who my favourite sister is!” A landmark jazz history by the founder of the Institute of Jazz Studies. One of the most influential, if controversial, of all jazz studies, translated into twelve languages and never out of print since its first publication in 1956. Stearns was one of the first jazz scholars to examine in detail the West African musical tradition and to argue for the vital role role it played in the development of jazz. Not often found in collectable condition, rarer still inscribed.

Octavo, original blue cloth, title in silver to the spine. In the dust jacket. 16 plates. Cloth very lightly rubbed at the tips, light partial toning to front free endpaper. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with a few nicks and short splits and faded spine panel.

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