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Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy
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Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy

By Nathan, Hans; Emmett, Daniel Decatur

Norman, Ok.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962 xiv, 496 pp. [Including a selection from the works of Dan Emmett and others. With illustrations, including portraits and musical illustrations, and with a bibliography.] Small chips and tears to the edges, sunning to the dust jacket, book very good or better. Inscribed to Saul Novack, musicologist, by the author. From the jacket copy--''The blackface theater that flourished in nineteenth-century America had roots had roots extending across the Atlantic to the England of the late seventeenth century, when writers, poets, dramatists, and musicians were composing a literature of sympathy and protest against the perversity of the slave trade. In America the initial and tentative stages of Negro impersonation and song came between 1815 and 1830 with the creation of two 'Negro stage characters'--one, the southern plantation hand, the other, the ludicrous black replica of the white dandy of Main Street. // By the late thirties Daniel Decatur Emmett--banjoist, fiddler, sing, comedian, composer, and writer of lyrics, stump speeches, and plays--had arrived on the minstrel scene. His first song was sung at the Cincinnati Circus in 1838, and nearly twenty years later he wrote was has since become the most popular song in America--the immortal ''Dixie.'' This book is a first, combining history, biography, musicology, and bringing to the public a piece of long-needed Americana, including the early songs, lyrics, and dances of minstrelsy. Together with the southern folk hymn, the music of the minstrel theater represents the most typically American music of the past century.''. Inscribed By Author. First Edition,. Cloth. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$149.10

Richard Wagner; As He Lived

By Wallace, William

New York: Harper Bros., 1925 313 pp., frontis. K-2 on verso of TP. . Cloth. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.10

Haydn: a creative life in music
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Haydn: a creative life in music

By Geiringer, Karl; Geiringer Irene

New York: W.W. Norton, 1946 342 pp., [16] pp. plates, illustrations, musical examples. No dj, wear to spine and corners of cloth. Sunning to spine. Contents: Instroduction: The Haydns and the Kollers; 1. Rohrau and Hamburg 1732-1740; 2. At St. Stephens, 1740-1749; 3. Making Something out of nothing, 1750-1759; 4. The Honorable Official of a Princely House, 1760-1766; 5. At Esterhaza, 1766-1779; 6. Love and Friendship, 1780-1790; 7. Sweet Liberty, 1790-1792; 8. Vienna or London?, 1792-1795; '9. ''So Much Yet to Be Done . . .'' 1795-1801; 10. Retiring from Life, 1801-1809; 11. An Incongruous Postlude.Works: Introduction, The Sources; 12. Youth, The First Period, 1750-1759; 13. A Phase of Transition, 1760-1769; 14. Storm and Stress, The Third Period, 1770-1779; 15. Maturity, The Fourth Period, 1780-1789; 16. Consumate Mastery, The Fifth Period, 1790-1803; Epilogue, Bibliography, Index.. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$22.10

Louise Bogan: A Portrait
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Louise Bogan: A Portrait

By Frank, Elizabeth

New York: Knopf, 1985. 460 pp. Almost no wear to book and dj. and no significant faults. P.O. signature (copy editor and professor). || Reviews from Vogue and The New Yorker and Knopf's Pulitzer announcement, presumably from the New York Times, included. ||'By temperment she was not a euphoric character and in her life she had much to endure. What, aside from their technical excellence, is most impressive about her poems is the unflinching courage with which she faced her problems, her determination never to surrender to self-pity, but to wrest beauty and joy out of dark places . . . It was a privilege to have known her.'--Auden. ||'The poetry is there, too, and Frank's sensitive exegesis should prove a joy to admirers of Bogan's work. . . . But there is something more. Louise Bogan: A Portrait is a moving and intelligent tribute--it should chasten those of us whose heroes have gone down in flames rather than clinging, unsullied, to standards.--Tracy Young. ||Over thirty photos on 16 pages including protraits of W. H. Auden, Theodore Roethke, William Maxwell, John Hall Wheelock, Edmund Wilson, and May Sarton.. First Edition. Quarter Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$22.00

A Man of Influence: The Extraordinary Career of S. G. Warburg: The Story of the Warburg Dynasty . . . And of the Banking Genius Who Changed the Face of Modern International Finance
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A Man of Influence: The Extraordinary Career of S. G. Warburg: The Story of the Warburg Dynasty . . . And of the Banking Genius Who Changed the Face of Modern International Finance

By Attali, Jacques

Bethesda, Maryland: Adler & Adler, 1987. 380 pp. Jacket is complete but has rubbing, some small tears and a price sticker. Book nearly perfect but for a bit of dust atop the pages. Jacques Attali was the financial advisor to Mitterand. He is the author of Bruits : essai sur l’économie politique de la musique (Noise: The Political Economy of Music), perhaps the most valuable writing on the sociology of music since Adorno. . First American Edition. Quarter Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good-. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$25.00

Leigh Hunt and His Circle
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Leigh Hunt and His Circle

By Blunden, Edmund

New York: Harper Brothers Puplishers [sic], 1930. 402 pp. Spine has faded and has 1/4-inch tear at top which is holding up nicely. Nicely done p.o. bookplate on pastedown. Would be VG+ but for spine problems. P.O. Bookplate on pastedown. Stated First Edition (F-E)CONTENTS: Preface; I Parentalia. 1750-1791; II The Fortunate Bluecoat Boy. 1791-1799; III Ver et Venus. 1800-1803; IV The Three Brothers. 1804-808; V 'The Examiner' in Action. 1808-1811; VI The Wit in the Dungeon. 1811-1814; VII The Descent of Liberty. 1814-1815; VIII Young Poets. 1815-1817; IX With Shelley. 1817-1818; X Music and Discord. 1817-1819; XI The Friend of Keats. 1819-1821; XII Won and Lost. 1822; XIII Byron Stands in Shelley's Place. 1822-1823; XIV North and South. 1823-1824; XV The Refugee. 1825-1827; XVI The Book about Byron. 1828-1832; XVII Hunt at Fifty. 1830-1835; XVIII Ghosts of Chelsea. 1834-1840; XIX The Poetical Horizon. 1840-1847; XX The Youngest Son. 1847-1852; XXI The Great Beneficence.1852-1859; XXII Kensal Green and Beyond; Appendices: I A List of Leigh Hunt's Works; II A View of his Intimate Circle. By Thornton Hunt; Ill His Collection of Locks of Hair; IV Some Authorities; ILLUSTRATIONS: Leigh Hunt, aged 36. engraved by J. C. Armytage (from an unfinished miniature by Joseph Severn) Frontispiece; Leigh Hunt, aged about 7 yeers (from a miniature); A corner of Christ's Hospital in Leigh Hunt's day; Leigh Hunt's Chelsea; Leigh Hunt in theatrical costume (from an oil painting probably by B. R. Haydon); Charles Lamb. (The artist was at Christ's Hospital in Hunt's day); The Vale of Health, Hampstead, showing Hunt's house (from an engraving of 1827); Thomas Moore; Keats, by Marianne Hunt (from a silhouette in the possession of the Rt. Hen. Sir William Bull, Bart.); Byron. Mrs. Hunt's silhouette; Shelley. Wyon's medallion, based on Mrs. Hunt's bust of Shelley; Leigh Hunt, aged 50, author of Byron and His Contemporaries; Leigh Hunt, G. H. Lewes, Vincent Hunt, and W. B. Scott (etched by W. B. S.); Tennyson; Leigh Hunt, by his wife (from a silhouette in the possession of the Rt. Hon. Sir William Bull, Bart.); Leigh Hunt's monument in Kensal Green cemetary; Appendix III: Leigh Hunt's collection of locks of hair: 'We pass to that of the next friend, admirable also for his genius and only less dear to us, because we had not had occasion to know him under so many endearing circumstances. How we loved him, need not be added. Mr. Keats’ hair was remarkable for its beauty,—its flowing grace and fineness. It was a kind of ideal, poetical hair; and the locks we possess (for we have two) are beautiful specimens, calling up the instant admiration of the spectators. They are long, thick, exquisitely fine, and running into ringlets. The colour is brown, of that sort which has a yellowish look in it in some lights, and a darker one or auburn in others. They remind us of the love-locks of the cavaliers. Colonel Hutchinson might have had such, or young Milton. They are tresses--things rarely seen nowadays, of a natural growth, on the heads of young men: and remember the poet was a young man, and manly in spirit as his locks were beautiful.'. First Edition. Cloth. Good+/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$24.00

Contemporary Portraits (Fourth Series)
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Contemporary Portraits (Fourth Series)

By Harris, Frank

New York: Brentano's, 1923. 318 pp. Spine very dull with some white stains, else very good, clean and bright inside. The contemporary book sticker of the Gotham Book Mart on rear pastedown. Fascinating biographical essays including Richard Wager, Ivan Turgeniev, Charlie Chaplin, John Tyndal, Ernst Haeckel, Grant Allen, Leonard Merrick, Herbert Trench, Max Beerbohm, Henri Matisse, H. L. Mencken, La Follette, Twain, Gorki, Trotsky, Emma Goldman, Sarah Bernhardt and more.. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.00

The Wages of Expectation: A Biography of Edward Dahlberg
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The Wages of Expectation: A Biography of Edward Dahlberg

By DeFanti, Charles

New York: New York University Press, 1978. Some tiny bumps on corner. 'DeFanti's portrait re-creates Dahlberg's picaresque journey, from his impoverished days in his mother's Kansas City barbershop, to his vagabond wanderings throughout America, his expatriate period during the 1920s, his complicated (often comic) involvement with American radicalism, and his subsequent rejection of his early style and the re-emergence, following a long literary silence, of his grand autobiographical works, most notably, Because I Was Flesh.'. First Edition. Trade Paperback. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$18.00

Staying on Alone: Letters of Alice B. Toklas
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Staying on Alone: Letters of Alice B. Toklas

By Toklas, Alice B.; Edited By Edward Burns

New York, U.S.A.: Liveright, 1973. 426 pp. 36 illustrations. Introduction by Gilbert Harrison. The cloth is showing some fading, top edge speckled. Toning to top edge of a complete mostly uncreased dj. Toklas's letters, from 1946-1966. . Cloth. Very Good-/Very Good-. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.00

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius

By Damrosch, Leo

Wilmington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Fine in a very good dj with slight wear. A silver National Book Award Finalist medal affixed to the dust jacket. x, 566 pp., 50 illustrations, map. Contents: The loneliness of a gifted child; The end of innocence; "I desired a happiness of which I had no idea"; Rousseau finds a mother; A year of wandering; In Maman's house; The idyll of Les Charmettes; Broadening horizons : Lyon and Paris; The masks of Venice; A life partner and a guilty secret; A writer's apprenticeship; The beginnings of fame; Rousseau's originality; Lionized in Geneva, alienated in Paris; An affair of the heart; The break with the Enlightenment; Peace at last, and the triumph of Julie; Rousseau the controversialist: Emile and the social contract; Exile in the mountains; Another expulsion; In a strange land; The past relived; Into the self-made labyrinth; The final years in Paris. "Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a teenage dropout who ran away from a hated apprenticeship, spent the next twenty years in apparent idleness punctuated by occasional low-level jobs and until he was well into his thirties seemed to have no future whatsoever. But then, unexpectedly even to those who knew him best, he became one of the most influential writers of his time and, as it would eventually turn out, of the modern world. Rousseau's triumph was the more surprising since, unlike most famous writers then or later, he did not go to school for a single day and was essentially self-taught."--from the introduction. . First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$42.99