New York: Mercury Music Corporation, 1947. First Edition. Item #6263
First Printing, with wrappers measuring 30.7cm x 23cm. Slim quarto (30.7cm); original printed wrappers; 9,pp. Signed by Bowles on the front wrapper, beneath his printed name. Light wear to extremities, faint foxing to wrappers, with some light erasure to upper left corner of front wrapper, spine fold reinforced with clear tape along the inner seam, and a thin 2.25" tape ghost at lower right corner of rear wrapper; Very Good+. "These Folk Preludes are based on songs which were popular toward the middle of the 19th century. Sung by minstrels, ballad-singers and the people themselves, they contain English, Irish and Negro elements, and are typical of the many-hued fabric which is our American cultural heritage" (from the introductory matter). Contents include "Petery Gray," "Ching A Ring Chaw," "Whar Did You Cum From," "Oh! Potatoes They Grow Small Over There," "Cape Ann," "Ole Tare River," and "Kentucky Moonshiner." Miller E37a.