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    [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.

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     "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."  

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