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1 Niles, John J. Singing Soldiers
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1927 First Edition Hardcover Good+ Illustrated by Margaret Thorniley Williamson 
Hardcover is dark blue with yellowish lettering on front and spine. Even with weak hinges, the text block is tight and intact with cover. Illustrated in b/w with drawings and musical scores. Has 29 songs in the book, music and/or words. "In the early summer of 1918 .....put myself out of the way to find a chance to come in contact with the negro soldier, who, as far as possible, put a little music into everything he did, be it marching, digging, cooking, travelling, unloading ships, or any of the thousand and one jobs soldiers always have to do. The negro soldier not only had the mellow, resonant vocal qualities so necessary in singing, but he had abandon and an emotional nature which, with his ability to dramatize trivial situations, many times produced the most affecting performances...." A unique look at American history, African-American history, and World War I history, as well as cultural history and music. ; Ex-Library; B&W Drawings and music; 6 1/2 x 9; 171 pages; Cover has bumping, rubbing/scuffing, shelf wear, fraying, top 1/4" of spine cover is missing; weak front and rear hinge; owner's name very tidily written in black ink under the drawing on title page, dated 2/15/29. Typical former library markings, stamps on top and bottom of text block. 
Price: 35.25 USD
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