INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES
HUGHES, Langston. Famous Negro Music Makers. New York, 1955.
First edition of Hughes' important volume of 18 essays on Black music and musicians, enriched by "Hughes' liveliness and depth of feeling as a poet," this rare copy warmly inscribed by him in the year of publication to the founder and owner of Franklin Watts publishers and his wife, author and editor Helen, who together published all five of Hughes' critically acclaimed books with titles beginning, "First Book," starting with First Book of Negroes in 1952. In this very memorable presentation/association copy, Hughes writes across an entire page, "Inscribed especially for Frank and Helen, my 'Firsts' publishers, sincerely, Langston, New York, September, 1955." $3500.