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Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands. Music transcribed by Creighton Churchill and Robert MacGimsey. Introduction by Olin Downes.
New York: Creative Age Press, Inc., 1942 - Large octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and upper board in red and white with a plate from a photo to the upper board, red top-stain, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket. Boards very lightly rubbed, spine a bit faded, contents a bit toned with some light spotting. An excellent copy in the rubbed, creased, and chipped jacket. Portrait frontispiece and 24 plates. First edition, first printing of a significant compilation of American roots music. The author spent 25 years living in the sea islands, exploring the region's unique Gullah culture and recording the music that had been passed down from the freed slaves who settled there in the 19th-century. The book presents 60 songs in a variety of genres, as well as photos and information on the customs, religion, and material culture of the islands. This copy is inscribed on the half-title by Ed Ricketts, the American marine biologist and friend of John Steinbeck, to his wife "To Toni on some very special (no doubt) and certainly very pleasant occasion, I've forgot now when or how, 11-11-45, Ed." Ricketts autograph material is very scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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