Premium pages left without account:

The Negro and His Music - inscribed by the founder of the Harlem Renaissance to famed singer Marian Anderson

Archive
Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200
Price realised:  US$900
Lot number 391, Views: 30

Title: The Negro and His Music - inscribed by the founder of the Harlem Renaissance to famed singer Marian Anderson Author: Locke, Alain Place: Washington, D.C. Publisher: Associates in Negro Folk Education Date: 1936 Description: Bronze Booklet Number 2. 142 pp. Original decorative boards. First Edition. Inscribed on flyleaf: “For Marian Anderson, in deep appreciation and friendship, Alain Locke 1939”. A superb association book of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s, of which Howard University Professor Locke was “philosophical architect” and “ideological genius”. Locke’s book traces African-American music from slave spirituals and “minstrelsy” through Ragtime and Jazz. In his chapter on “Negro Musicians To-day”, he highlights Marian Anderson (misspelling her first name in both the book and inscription), “who has achieved international fame as ‘one of the greatest voices of this generation’”. That Locke presented this copy to Anderson three years after its publication prompts speculation that he may have given it to the internationally-acclaimed singer on the occasion of her legendary concert at the Lincoln Memorial in April 1939. Lot Amendments Condition: Lightly rubbed at extremities, a few faint marks to rear cover; offsetting at title page; very good. Item number: 235627

Informations about the auction
Auction house: PBA Galleries
Title: Sale 503: Rare Americana - African American History
Date of the auction: 28 Mar 2013
Address: PBA Galleries
1233 Sutter Street
94109 San Francisco, CA
United States
[email protected] · +1 (0)415 9892665 · +1 (0)415 9891664