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Slave Songs of the United States. (The first published collection of American folk music; and the first published collection of African-American music of any kind.)
A. Simpson & Company, New York 1867 - Bound in blue-green textured cloth-covered boards with blind stamped rules bordering the edges. The spine is brightly stamped in gilt, italic lettering and the publisher’s initials at the bottom. With light fading to the top 2" of the front boards; wear, and puckering to the cloth on the front boards. Touch of wear and light fraying to the top and bottom of the spine ends, not affecting the two horizontal gilt rules at the top and bottom ends. Wear to the corners. Scattered foxing to the paste-downs and the front and rear endpapers. With the exception of a few marginal smudges, very clean and tight throughout. The printed music section is exceptionally clean and bright. With two pages of "Directions for Singing." Sections of the Unites States covered in this work: Part I: South-Eastern Slave States, including South Carolina, Georgia, and the Sea Islands. Part II: Northern Slave States, including Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Part III: Inland Slave States, including Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Mississippi River. Part IV: The Gulf States, including Florida and Louisiana: Miscellaneous. An attractive copy of a rather scarce book: The first published collection of American folk music. Slave Songs of the United States is a collection of African American music consisting of 136 songs. Published in 1867, it was the first, and most influential, collection of spirituals to be published. The collectors of the songs were Northern abolitionists William Francis Allen, Lucy McKim Garrison, and Charles Pickard Ware. It is a "milestone not just in African American music but in modern folk history." It is also the first published collection of African-American music of any kind. The making of the book is described by Samuel Charters, with an emphasis on the role of Lucy McKim Garrison. (Wikipedia) First Edition with matching dates on the title and copyright pages. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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