Bound for GloryGUTHRIE, Woody
New York: E.P.Dutton & Co. 1943.
First edition. Large 8vo. pp. 427. Black cloth with gilt-stamped title & vignette to upper board. Some fading and bumping to corners. In the extremely scarce original illustrated dust jacket with a photograph of Guthrie on the back. The jacket is in a protective wrapper and is overall sound but with light loss to corners and top of spine with an approximately one inch square patch missing from the foot of the spine. It has also been trimmed very slightly (by about 2mm) along the bottom edge so that only part of the original price is showing. Internally very good with only the lightest of toning towards the edges. Illustrated in the text with line drawings. Fore-edges deckled. Previous owner's pen inscription to front free endpaper. 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.