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Lawrence, Dorothea Dix & Rosemont, Walter.

Published by New York: The Dorothea Dix Lawrence Folklore Society, 1959, Limited edition. (1959)

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About this Item: New York: The Dorothea Dix Lawrence Folklore Society, 1959, Limited edition., 1959. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. . (illustrator). Limited Edition. Very Good: solid; 4" wrinkle, top front corner, light external soil; contents fine. Soft Cover, 9" x 12", 132 pp, Number 737 of limited edition, SIGNED by both authors. A scarce book, with arrangements for about 50 American folk songs collected mainly by the singer, lecturer and authority on Americana, Dorothea Dix Lawrence. Arrangements by Rosemont; commentaries by Lawrence on most songs. Many titles are uncommon: The Louisiana Lowlands; Louzy Miner; Mitad De Mi Vida; Money; Nadie Mi Quiere; Noria Miego; Ohio River; Old Oak Tree; etc. No Folklore Map present (book and a map were originally offered separately or as a pair) . Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 12095.6

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Dorothea Dix Lawrence

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About this Item: 1946. No Binding. Condition: Fine. Date: 1946 (Published) New York Dimensions: 23.25 x 31 inches (59 cm x 78.7 cm) This fascinating, colorful map of the United States depicts American folk music and the influences which shaped it in each area of the country. Various regional songs are depicted pictorially with the title of the song, a line of musical notes, and a corresponding whimsical vignette illustrating the song. Across the top of the map is an inset with the words “Explanation to Illustrations and Music on Map”. Below it are short descriptions or simply names of various nationalities whose influence helped shaped folk music in different parts of the country. Along the northeastern seaboard are vignettes suggesting the influence of the first explorers, of British sailors, of the Pilgrims, and a ballroom scene suggesting Continental European influence in the colonies. Farther south are depicted African Americans engaged in various industries, farming enterprises and indigenous peoples in their brightly-colored costumes. Farther inland and toward the west coast vignettes are effectively used to convey the sense of time and place for different sorts of music. The border contains lovely illustrations of musical instruments of sundry origins, from ancient to modern. Some of the songs depicted include Bayou ballads, Creole folk songs, early California music, songs of the open range, Louisiana folk music, folk hymns, African American spirituals, and songs for children. Seven Zuni Indian symbols and colors representing the notes of the musical scale also appear in the upper border. Dorothea Dix Lawrence was a successful opera singer in the 1930s and 1940s, and then became a leading champion and scholar of American folk music. She gave hundreds of lecture-recitals across the United States and Europe. In these recitals, she sang American Indian songs in their original language as well as art songs by established composers. In 1945, she produced the "Folklore Music Map of the United States," which was widely distributed in American schools. She later published her songs in the book Folklore Songs of the United States. She gave "Musically Mapping America" talks throughout the United States and Mexico until her retirement in 1970. Her papers are in the Dorothea Dix Lawrence Collection at the Library of Congress. Condition: This superb linen-backed pictorial map is in A condition. Inventory #10937. Seller Inventory # ABE-1511892727654

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DOROTHEA DIX LAWRENCE

Published by PLAINFIELD NEW JERSEY NJ DAYTONA FLORIDA FL (1890)

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About this Item: PLAINFIELD NEW JERSEY NJ DAYTONA FLORIDA FL, 1890. Condition: Very Good. On offer is an interesting, modest group of original, manuscript and typed correspondence to or by the famed early 20th Century opera singer and recitalist, Dorothea Dix Lawrence. While she was a successful opera singer, Lawrence is perhaps best known today as the creator of the Folklore Music Map of the United States, a colorful 1946 pictorial map showing the origins of various songs and styles across the USA. All told there are 47 pieces of correspondence, dated from the 1890s to the 1950s. Most are letters written to Dorothea, including several written by a Morgan Lawrence, presumably a sibling; a few more are written by friends or acquaintances; a large group are on business letterhead from the Encyclopaedia Britannica for whom she wrote an article on "Christmas Cards" and Hagstrom Publishing, the publishers of her map. Also included are some carbons of a strident and angry letter she wrote to a critic who criticized her map and questioned her knowledge of the origins of various tunes. Overall VG. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Manuscript. Seller Inventory # 0002212

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