Near Fine. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Light green cloth, lettered in gilt. Minor shelf wear, slightly sunned spine panel. Firm binding, clean interior beyond former owner's signature on front flyleaf (folklorist Samuel Bayard). xii, 321 pp. Text block slightly toned by age.
Very Good. xii, 321 pp, with bibliography, indices. Light soiling and shelf wear to boards, spine slightly sunned; internals clean and sound. No dust jacket. From the Introduction: "The folk-songs in this book, representing a large body of collectanea in my possession, have had widespread oral circulation among the people of Mississippi; have sustained intimate relation to the lives, character, and interests of the folk who sang them; exhibit features in part inherited from Old World traditions and in part growing out of the conditions indigenous to American life; and possess qualities of popular literature that make them comparable in variety, richness, and excellence with some of the best extant regional collections of American folk-song." Includes sections on ballad-singing communities, imported folk-songs, ballads and songs of outlaws and criminals, songs of the Civil War, nursery songs, songs used in singing games, and more.
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