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(ARMSTRONG, Louis.) GOFFIN, Robert.

Horn of Plenty. The Story of Louis Armstrong.

Translated from the French by James F. Bezou.

Allen, Towne & Heath, Inc., New York , 1947 Stock Code: 77102
£1,250.00
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First edition in English, published in French as Louis Armstrong. Le Roi du Jazz, in Paris in the same year. This copy signed by Armstrong beneath the portrait. Goffin was a Belgian lawyer, poet and author, a Stormy Petrel of the Nazi invasion, and 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. Goffin and Armstrong were close friends, and although Goffin is credited as the author, Armstrong's involvement in the book went far beyond acting as the co-operative subject. The 1999 publication of the Goffin Notebooks, part of the Louis Armstrong In His Own Words collection, showed that Satchmo was paying Goffin to act as his amanuensis, much of the material being drawn from his won manuscript autobiography covering his life from 1918-31. Having allowed his 1936 "autobiography" Swing that Music to be heavily ghosted, he decided to set the record straight.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to the spine, treble clef in embossed to the upper board.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece.

Condition

Slightly rubbed, a little bubbled on the upper board, differential browning to the endpapers, marginal toning, a very good copy.

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