Lot 807: Rare 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. Three pieces of ephemera are affixed inside, the most notable being an ALS written by his wife, Martha Promise Ledbetter, two pages, 5.75 x 9, October 26, 1948, to his manager Marjorie Fairbanks. In part [spelling and grammar retained]: "Well everything is going alone all right Now Huddie did his last program on the air on W.N.Y.C. Sunday he is suppose to start to work next week his leg is doing ok but he still hop on it other than that he is all right I however heard from your Son but I think we Will See him soon. Will how is everything over in France…Nuthing new here to talk about every thing is sky high here yet and dont look like any thing going down." Also affixed inside is a TLS in French by well-known radio personality Arno-Charles Brun, one page, May 3, 1949, saying he is unable to attend Ledbetter's performance on May 9. A rare publicity flyer with a full-length image of Ledbetter is also affixed to the first free end page. In very good condition, with dampstaining to corners of the front cover, light toning and soiling, and some rusty staple holes and small tears to the top edges of the pieces affixed inside. The authors of the book discovered Ledbetter and brought him to national attention, and the additions of a letter from his wife to his manager and material from his only European tour make this a decidedly unique piece.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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