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(LEADBELLY.) LOMAX, John A. & Alan.

Negro Folk Songs as sung by Lead Belly.

"King of the Twelve-String Guitar Players of the World," Long-Time Convict in the Penitentiaries of Texas and Louisiana. Transcribed, Selected and Edited by...

Published: New York, The Macmillan Company, 1936

Stock code: 40972

Price: £850

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First Edition. The “Birth of the Blues” in the wider American consciousness. Recorded by the Lomax brothers as part of a Library of Congress project to preserve American folklore, Leadbelly became a sensation. Brought North by the Lomaxs he was befriended and championed by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie as part of the burgeoning New York folk scene, and in 1939 was the subject of a 3pp. article in Life magazine “Lead Belly – Bad Nigger Makes Good Minstrel”, illustrated with image used here for the frontispiece and dust jacket design. An uncommon book, particularly so in the fragile dust jacket.

Large octavo. Original light tan buckram lettered in red on spine and upper board in dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece. Very good in a slightly rubbed and chipped dust jacket, sunned at the spine, buy remarkably well preserved.

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