JOHN PHILIP "THE MARCH KING" SOUSA - INSCRIBED BOOK SIGNED 1904 - HFSID 264432
Sale Price $680.00
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
John Philip Sousa inscribes his book The Fifth String.
Book inscribed and signed: "To/Mrs. Letitia May Craig/From/John Philip Sousa/1904". His book, The Fifth String by John Philip Sousa, 125p, hardcover, 5½x7¾. The Bowen-Merrill Company, Indianapolis. Published in 1902. First Edition. It is illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy.John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) is known chiefly for writing over 100 marches, including such classics as The Stars and Stripes Forever and The Washington Post, earning him the title of "The March King". Sousa, who had studied violin and trombone during his childhood, joined the U.S. Marine Band at age 13, playing with the group from 1867-1872. After later playing in popular orchestras, he returned in 1880 as director of the Marine Band, which is called the "President's Own". In addition to his many musical compositions, Sousa wrote five books, including three novels and an autobiography. Sousa composed about 140 military marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1896) and the year he signed this book, "The Diplomat". Soiled, worn and surface scuffed covers and spine which are also stained and have creased corners. Signature page is lightly stained at blank margins. Some pages bear the same stains in margins. Internally sound. Overall, fine condition.
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