Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    [Featured Lot]. [Slave Songs]. [William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware and Lucy McKim Garrison, editors]. Slave Songs of the United States. New York: A. Simpson & Co., 1867. First edition. Scarce. Publisher's pebbled cloth with spine titles in gilt. Spine and board edges sunned. Corners and spine ends bumped and showing. Some rubbing, soiling and edgewear to extremities. Front and rear hinges cracked. Some minor foxing and toning scattered throughout. Owner's ink signature. Good.

    More Information:

     "The First Collection of Negro spirituals." LCP Negro History Catalogue. The book is "of even more value" for the "scholarly preface. No amateur musicologist, Allen analyzed rhythms, lyric adaptations, and variations; indicated the occasions when the songs were sung; gave directions for singing them, complete with interjaculatory phrases; and fully described the 'shout,' a dancing song. The essay has further significance for its discussion of the dialect of the Port Royal Blacks and those of South Carolina in general." Id. Allen's effort began in 1861 with the Northern capture of Port Royal and the South Carolina Sea Islands. He acknowledges the assistance of Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Charlotte Forten, among others. In the March, 1998 issue of O.P. World (put out by Interloc), in an article titled "Books on the Blues", Paul Garon says for Blues Collectors, this is the "Foundation Stone."  

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    12th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 296

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 27 Domain Names Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $615,551