Lot #605
Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter

“My name is Huddie Ledbetter,” the proud folk legend pens, “Makes up songs words and music”
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Estimate: $5000+

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“My name is Huddie Ledbetter,” the proud folk legend pens, “Makes up songs words and music”

Signed book: Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Lead Belly by John A. and Alan Lomax. First edition. NY: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Hardcover, 7.5 x 9.5, 242 pages. Signed on the first free end page in fountain pen, “My name is Huddie Ledbetter. Born in La near Shreveport La. Makes up songs words and music. Don’t Read music…music i make for some one els to read. Born in 1889-20th of January to Day is the 12-day of april Don’t for get iona not stop makeing yet.” A collector’s notation below indicates he wrote this in 1942. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/None. Autograph material from Ledbetter is extremely scarce, and with interesting autobiographical content this is a fabulous example. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs And Artifacts
  • Dates: December 16 - January 13

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