Lot 605: Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter

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2015-12-18 17:00:28

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Lot 605: Signed book: Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly by John A. and Alan Lomax. First edition. NY: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Hardcover, 7.5 x 9.5, 242 pages. Signed on the first free end page in fountain pen, "My name is Huddie Ledbetter. Born in La near Shreveport La. Makes up songs words and music. Don't Read music…music i make for some one els to read. Born in 1889-20th of January to Day is the 12-day of april Don't for get iona not stop makeing yet." A collector's notation below indicates he wrote this in 1942. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/None. Autograph material from Ledbetter is extremely scarce, and with interesting autobiographical content this is a fabulous example. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $5000-6000
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