Frederic Ramsey; Charles Edward Smith.


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Rare first edition of the first ever jazz history book published in the United States. The only example on the market in the UK.

Jazzmen helped to establish the story of early jazz as well as renewing interest in Jazz and its early players.

"In the spring of 1939, the jazz writer Charles Edward Smith spent several weeks in New Orleans, as part of the research he and other writers were doing for the book Jazzmen. He found the inspiration for his writing not only by talking with the veteran musicians who could take him back to the old days, but also by hanging out in the clubs that still were open".

First edition, first impression. A  good example with rather a lot of edgewear and nicks to the dustjacket but overall in good conition, the dustjacket being a remarkable survivor in such condition. A lovely copy.

Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1939.