New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. First Edition. Quarto. American folk and blues musicologists John and Alan Lomax's book on Lead Belly, comprised of five biographical pieces, and forty-eight songs, transcribed and with commentary. Lead Belly and the Lomaxes collaborated on the book in the mid-1930's. During this time, John was Lead Belly's manager, an arrangement that would end badly before publication, with a successful lawsuit brought by Lead Belly demanding full wages and a release from his management contract. The book, though not successful on release, has endured. Light wear and soiling to the edges of the covers, bottom front corner tapped, hint of foxing to the gutter of the rear endpapers; a sharp, near fine copy in a better than very good dust jacket, lightly faded at the spine, corners clipped, with wrinkling at the spine head, a chip to the edge of the back cover, a faint stain at the top of the back fold, two small closed tears repaired by tape at the verso. Excellent example of the fragile dust jacket: the front panel illustrated with black and white photographic portrait of Lead Belly is remarkably clean and bright, with no fading to the orange. Despite these small defects, an incredible copy.