By James Weldon Johnson The Books of the American Negro Spirituals

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Negro-Spirituals. - Johnson, James Weldon (ed.)
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Book Description New York : Viking Press, 1926, 1926. 187 S. Gr. 8vo. OLn. Rücken gering beschabt. en. Bookseller Inventory # 78074

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Johnson, James Weldon, ed
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1925. 187p., second printing, minor scuffing on boards. Bookseller Inventory # 31041

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Johnson, James Weldon
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1925. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Musical Notation (illustrator). Second Printing. Second printing. Original cloth with cover decoration, with minimal wear along the extremities, very good plus. Covers a bit dustly but overall very presentable copy. Bookseller Inventory # 006182

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James Weldon Johnson
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Book Description Viking. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible - Good. 1926 - Hardback. Fourth Printing. No dustjacket. Book is in good condition. Book has previous owners name on first page, shelf wear on edges and corners, curl to corners, yellowing to pages, rubbing mark on back cover, sunning and fading to spine. Free tracking with domestic orders. MD SKU-8708194 Rare. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-8708194

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Johnson, James Weldon (ed.)
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1925. 187 pp. 1 vols. Tall 8vo. Book Condition: Original cloth. Near Fine. First edition, second printing. First edition, second printing. 187 pp. 1 vols. Tall 8vo. The classic work. Johnson wrote the Preface (pp. 11-50), in which he provides a detailed analysis of the musical heritage and accomplishments of African Americans. And it was Johnson and his brother who wrote "Lift Every Voice and Sing", which became so popular that it was known as "The Negro National Anthem". Bookseller Inventory # 62492

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Johnson, James Weldon (editor)
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1925. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 4to. Aside from light rubbing to spine ends and ownership inscription (dated 1925) to front end page, a very lovely copy of this important work. The ownership inscription may be from Johnson, it reads "For Louise from J[??] - Christwastide 1925". Bookseller Inventory # 19886

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Johnson, James Weldon (ed.) and J. Rosamond Johnson (musical arrangements)
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Book Description The Viking Press, New York, 1926. 187; 189 pp. 1 vols. Tall 8vo. Second printing of the first title & first edition of the second. 187; 189 pp. 1 vols. Tall 8vo. INSCRIBED TO RALPH VAN VECHTEN. The first title is inscribed by both Johnson brothers to Ralph Van Vechten, the older brother of Carl Van Vechten. The second title is inscribed to Ralph by J. Rosamond Johnson. Ralph Van Vechten died on June 28, 1927. When Ralph's widow, Fannie, died in 1928, Carl Van Vechten inherited $1,000,000 and invested wisely and was not hurt by the crash. Carl never wrote another book but took to portrait photography, capturing many of the important artists, writers and performers of the Harlem Renaissance.In addition to his editing of the classic The Book of American Negro Spirituals, and its companion volume, James Weldon Johnson and his brother wrote "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which became so popular that it was known as "The Negro National Anthem". Original cloth. The first title in tan dust jacket Second printing of the first title & first edition of the second. Bookseller Inventory # 267816

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Book Description 1925. 4to., original cloth lettered on spine and upper board. A very good copy. First edition. Inscribed by James Johnson "For George Gershwin, Sincerely James Weldon Johnson". Howard Pollack in his George Gershwin: His Life and Work comments "Of the black artists associated with Van Vechten, Gershwin established a special closeness with brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson. In earlier years, the Johnsons had been a songwriting team much like the Gershwins with attorney James Weldon the scholarly lyricist and New England Conservatory graduate J. Rosamond the well trained composer. In the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, the Johnson brothers also cultivated an interest in African American folk music. In 1925 and 1926, at the movement's zenith, they brought forth two volumes of Negro Spirituals. Each spiritual bore a dedication to some friend or hero including Booker T Washington and W.E.B, Du Bois, dedications that taken together helped chart the social terrain of the Harlem Renaissance. They dedicated "In Dat Great Gittin' Up Mornin'" (In the Second Volume) to Gershwin who was, with Percy Grainger and Fritz Kreisler, one of the small number of white composers so honoured.James Weldon, on hearing of Gershwin's death, sent Ira a telegram stating, "America has lost a great composer. Personally I feel his loss as a friend." The importance of Negro spirituals on Gershwin is readily apparent. In 1925, the year this book was published, he declared "I think it [Jazz Opera] should be a Negro opera, almost a Negro 'Scheherazade'. Negro, because it is not incongruous for a Negro to live jazz. It would not be absurd on the stage. The mood could change from ecstasy to lyricism plausibly because the Negro has so much of both in his nature. That type of opera could not, I am afraid, be done at the Metropolitan. It is a typically opera comique venture. I would like to see it put on with a Negro cast. Artists trained in the old tradition could not sing such music, but Negro singers could. It would be a sensation as well as an innovation." Pollack again comments, "Throughout the remainder of 1925, Gershwin occasionally voiced his intention of writing an opera for African American singers, adding that Carl Van Vechten was helping him find "a suitable libretto". "I shall certainly write an opera", he stated in the fall. "I shall write it for niggers. Blacks sing beautifully. They are always singing; they have it in their blood. They have jazz in their blood too, and I have no doubt that they will be able to do full justice to a jazz opera." The gestation of Gershwin's 'jazz opera' into Porgy and Bess did not see fulfilment until the 1930's. "The opera's distinctive absorbtion of African American oratory and music underpins its great individuality, including allusions to a wide range of black popular music from W.C. Handy to Cab Calloway; and black folk music, from street cries and children's ditties to, above all, the Negro spiritual, which informs not only many of the opera's songs and choruses but its recitatives as well.". Bookseller Inventory # 2079768

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