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  1. 133585comp
    First edition, first impression of this history of jazz by American jazz critic and enthusiast, Rudi Blesh (1899-1985). This copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Frances Reitmeyer - a true devotee of the "righteous" jazz - with best personal wishes, Rudi Blesh, November 12, 1946" on recto, and his... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 133585

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  2. 131804comp
    First and sole edition, limited to 400 copies, the present example not numbered and the edition may never have been published as the Hampshire Typothetae ceased operation in 1986 (see Five College Archives & Manuscript collection online, retrieved 13.03.19); in addition, it is clear from the presence of silk retaining bands... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131804

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  3. 126893
    Two rare original programmes from the 1931 and 1933 Christmas shows given by inmates at New York's Sing Sing Prison. The shows, produced and staged annually by the prison's Mutual Welfare League from 1919 on, showcased the talents of the inmates as singers, instrumentalists, and technicians, while also raising funds to provide... Learn More
    £1,750

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  4. 130229
    Appealing, highly characteristic letter evoking Gershwin's easy-going sociability. Writing to Friede - at the time vice-president at Boni & Liveright, later cofounder of Covici-Friede, publishers of Radclyffe Hall, Wyndham Lewes, Nathaniel West and Steinbeck, later still husband of M.F.K. Fisher - Gershwin regrets that due... Learn More
    £3,750

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    First edition, signed limited issue, association copy, with the ownership inscription of Jazz Age lyricist Ira Gershwin to the front free endpaper. Ira Gershwin often collaborated with his younger brother, George, starting with Lady, be Good, in 1924. George Gershwin is mentioned numerous times throughout the book, with... Learn More
    £775

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  6. 128523
    First edition, first impression. "Billie Holiday remains among the most difficult of jazz artists to understand or study. Surrounded by a disturbing legend, it is very difficult to hear her clearly. The legendary suffering and mythopoeic pain which countless admirers have actively sought out in her work make it difficult... Learn More
    £450

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  7. 120747
    Excellent original caricature of Ellington (dated '32), a copy of the famous Al Hirschfeld caricature, in itself a superbly stylised rendering and first published on 19 April 1931 in The Des Moines Register. The signature appears to be an attempt to reproduce Hirschfeld's famous "concertina-ed" autograph. "Al's iconic caricature... Learn More
    £850

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  8. 125300
    First edition, signed on the upper panel of the wraps, and with two pages of autograph manuscript in black felt tip pen on the stationery of The Argent Hotel, San Francisco, charts in preparation for his Ornette Coleman Quartet SF Jazz Festival concert in November 2005, loosely inserted, together with concert ticket stubs.... Learn More
    £4,000

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  9. 124913
    First Russian edition. This detailed overview of the trends in jazz current in the late 60s - early 70s was written in Czech by noted jazz critic Lubomír Doruka (1924-1970), and published by the state-run record label Supraphone in 1970, and it would appear that a copy was brought to the USSR and translated in Belarus soon... Learn More
    £2,000

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    Second edition in French (following the first of 1950), originally published in the US in 1946. Boldly signed by Mezzrow in blue biro on the half-title, along with the signatures of four other jazz musicians: French pianist Claude Bolling, New Orleanian trumpeter Lee Collins, trombonist Jimmy Archey, and drummer Fred Moore;... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 123411

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  11. 67123
    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... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 67123

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