Bound for GloryGUTHRIE, Woody
New York: E.P.Dutton & Co. 1943.
First edition. Large 8vo, 217x155mm. 427pp, Black and white frontispiece & line vignettes. Text block is tight and internally clean with only the lightest of toning towards the edges. Fore-edges deckled. Internal hinges very slightly loosened but holding. Black cloth with gilt-stamped title & vignette to upper board (gilt quite faded and boards slightly faded and bumped to extremeties). In the extremely scarce original illustrated DJ with photograph of Woody on the back (jacket is in protective wraps - overall sound but with shelfwear and light loss to corners and top of spine with an approx 1 x 1 inch patch absent from foot of spine). Previous owner's pen inscription to ffep.
SIGNED to the half-title page by Biily Bragg (a devotee of Guthrie's) with the inscription: "Woody Guthrie lies exactly between Walt Whitman & Bob Dylan. As he said: 'Take it easy, but take it'. Billy Bragg 2012." Very scarce in a first edition, let alone in the original dust jacket this memoir gave America a no-holds barred picture of the travelling life during the dustbowl years and the great depression. Guthrie was. arguably, the lode-stone of post-war folk music.