1.A Treasury of Stephen Foster - Ray Lev & Dorothy Berliner Commins (hardcover) $5
Random House 1946. 1st Edition. Foreword by Deems Taylor, illustrated by William Sharp with historical notes by John Tasker Howard. Piano Arrangements by Ray Lev & Dorothy Commins.
Inside the dustcover - THE SONGS of Stephen Foster live in our hearts. They are America's best-remembered folklore and are sung with a joy that makes everyone's voice ring out with rich melody. HERE ARE fifty of Foster's best songs for singing and playing. In the 224 pages of this book of music, text and illustrations are to be found all the tried-andtrue- favorites- My Old Kentucky Home, Camptown Races, Oh! Susanna, Old Black Joe...and many more.
2.Currier & Ives Printmakers to the American People - Harry T.Peters (hardcover) $15
NY: Doubleday Doran, 1942. 1st Edition.
Charles Currier kept many of the original prints moldering under his porch.) Also in the history text is an overview of the company itself, its affect on popular culture, and many of the key artists. For me, most interesting here was the detail on the stone and wax lithographic process completed with artisan detail by hand.
“Go back in time when America was truly a pastoral nation and its authors traditionalists and well trained. All they wanted to do was create beauty and add pleasure to the lives of a young and burdened society. Such love and joy in the photographs. Such a true rendering of early America when it was youthful and innocent. Such a visual delight. We could all use more of that.”
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