[Jazz & Song] Armstrong, Louis. (1901–1971) [Goffin, Robert. (1898–1984)]

Horn of Plenty - INSCRIBED BY MANY

New York: Allen, Towne & Heath, Inc.. 1947. First edition. Story of Louis Armstrong, inscribed by Armstrong beneath his photograph opposite the title, "Best Wishes from Louis Armstrong," and on the verso title and half title by Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Cozy Cole, Arvall Shaw, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Otis Rene, and Velma Middleton. First edition in English, published in French, in Paris, in the same year. Hardcover, original blue bloth, title in gilt to spine, treble clef embossed to the upper board. Portrait frontispiece, 304 pp. Endpages heavily toned, somewhat shaken but solid. Remnants of DJ only.

Robert Goffin and Armstrong were close friends and although the volume is credited to Goffin, the later publication of his notebooks makes amply clear that he was in fact acting as Armstrong's paid amanuensis, much of the included material being drawn from Armstrong's own manuscript autobiography. (10324)