Garden City: Doubleday & Co., (1948). Single volume, measuring 11 x 8 inches: , 190. Original pale green pictorial cloth stamped in red, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Musical scores and black-and-white illustrations throughout text. Light shelfwear to jacket.
Early printing of this collection of American folk songs for children, chosen by composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, and drawn from a range of musical traditions: ballads, spirituals, work songs, hollers, and chants. Selections include “Down by the Greenwood Sidey-O,” “She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes,” “Frog Went A-Courtin,’” “Jim Crack Corn,” “Eency Weency Spider,” “Pick a Bale of Cotton,” “John Henry,” “This Old Man,” and “Skip-a to My Lou.” A number of pieces are based on field recordings in the Archive of American Folklore at the Library of Congress. A bright near-fine copy, illustrated by two-time Caldecott medalist Barbara Cooney.