Louis Armstrong. Le Roi du Jazz.
First edition. Goffin was a Belgian lawyer, poet and author, a Stormy Petrel of the Nazi invasion, who fled to the USA in 1939. In 1932 he had published Aux Frontières du Jazz., one of the earliest serious analyses of the jazz, and contributed “The Best Negro Jazz Orchestra,” translated by Beckett, to Nancy Cunard’s Negro anthology. In exile he supported himself by his writings, including a number of novels on the Nazi occupation of Belgium – La Colombe de la Gestapo and Passeports pour l’Audelà – and lectures, in 1942 collaborating with Leonard Feather to teach what is considered the first course ever on jazz history and analysis, held at the New School for Social Research in New York City
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Octavo. Original pictorial card wraps. 12 plates. Wraps slightly rubbed, marginal toning.