Osgood, Henry O. So This is Jazz. Boston: 1926. First Edition.

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Osgood, Henry O. So This is Jazz. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1926. First Edition.

Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Good Condition (Ex-Library). Dust Jacket Condition: Missing Dust Jacket. Size: 8"-9" - Octavo (8vo). Item Type: Book.

A good reading copy of this first book-length treatment of jazz, written by a music editor and critic.

Osgood begins in his foreword: "This book is, as far as I know, the first attempt to set down a connected account of the origin, history and development of jazz music. It is not a technical treatise, but a story for the reader who would like to know a little something more about what he has been enjoying -- or detesting -- for the last decade." Osgood sought to define the newly emerged genre of American music.

Although he acknowledges the African-American roots, his focus is on white musicians who developed the notation for the music. This is reflected the men discussed in the book and the fact that only one of the 11 full page plates is of an African-American musician: W.C. Handy. The other plates are of Paul Whiteman, Whiteman's 1926 Concert Orchestra, Zez Confrey, Ferdie Grofe, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Ted Lewis, Vincent Lopez, Ben Bernie and Isham Jones.

There are 27 extended examples of music notation (plus several smaller excerpts), as well as lyrics.

The cloth has worn through at the corner tips and foot of the spine; fraying at the head of the spine. The front and rear hinges were broken. The paper has been re-glued and reinforced with fabric.

The text block is tight. The pages are slightly toned from age and there are a handful of pages showing erasures from pencil notations. The top page edges have the publisher's blue stain, which shows a little spotting. No foxing in this copy.

Ex-Lib with a Withdrawn stamp on the free front end paper and stamps marked out with black marker on the front pastedown, free rear end paper and bottom page edge. The pocket is still glued into the rear pastedown and the barcode has been covered with a white label.

Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 11 oz. Category: Music; United States; 1920s; ISBN: No ISBN. Library of Congress No: ML3561 .O74. Dewey Code: 785. Inventory No: 1078.
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