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TWO SEMINAL HARDCOVER FIRST EDITIONS IN PAUL OLIVER'S ICONIC "BLUES PAPERBACKS" SERIES—FIRST PRINTINGS OF OLSSON'S MEMPHIS BLUES (1970) & EVANS' TOMMY JOHNSON (1971)

OLIVER, Paul (series editor), et al. Blues Paperbacks. London, 1970-71. Two volumes.

First editions—desirable hardcover issues—of two core works of Paul Oliver's critically-prized series on the origins and influence of the Blues—Bengt Olsson's Memphis Blues and Jug Bands (1970), and David Evan's Tommy Johnson (1971) each richly illustrated. Though referred to as the "Blues Paperbacks" series, these first printings are in original boards and dust jackets. $750.

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"I KNOW BLUES SINGERS DON'T GO TO HEAVEN… BUT ALL THE GOOD ONES GO TO HARLEM"

OLIVER, Paul. Screening the Blues. London, 1968.

First edition of the important third work in Oliver's preeminent series, here exploring the unique and "myriad influences on the development of the blues," a fine copy in the original dust jacket. $400.

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