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Profusely Extra-Illustrated Copy of Stephen Longstreet’s Sportin’ House

A full-page illustration titled “The Professor” of an African-American pianist playing an upright piano with a woman listening, seated to his left, and title-page (iii) is decorated with a full-page watercolor illustration painted over the publisher’s page of a table holding pieces of fruit and a cocktail glass, with the author-artist’s painted signature in full “Stephen Longstreet vi 78”.

 

 

(pseudonym of Chauncey Weiner). Sportin’ House: a History of the New Orleans Sinners and the Birth of Jazz. Los Angeles: Sherbourne Press, Inc., [1965] 26 cm, brick-red paper boards with black lettering and publisher’s colophon on the front cover, endpapers are reproduced sketches of the author-artist. First edition. Extra-illustrated copy, with 20 original watercolor illustrations, 4 added on extra leaves pasted in, and the other extra-illustrations painted directly onto the book’s pages, in addition to the black-and-white and color illustrations of the publisher as issued. Both book and dust jacket are in fine condition. This book is a virtuoso performance, recounting the birth and growth of jazz in the sporting houses of New Orleans, as well as a detailed history of prostitution in New Orleans, brought to vivid life in these extraordinary watercolor extra-illustrations. 

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