The Kingdom of Swing - Signed - Benny Goodman, Irving Kolodin 1939 - Stackpole Sons, New York - First Edition Signed by the great Benny Goodman on the frontispiece portrait, a nice example in the scarce and rather delicate dust jacket.

The Kingdom of Swing," written in collaboration with Irving Kolodin, might be called "From Rags to Riches." It's the narrative of a boy who learned to play clarinet in a synagogue music class for "maybe a quarter a lesson," and who has risen, by way of jazz, to an eminence where he earns maybe a quarter a note for playing the instrument as leader of one of the most famous of all dance bands.

The Kingdom of Swing" is a success story, but it's more than a chronicle of afflatus and affluence. It "sets" swing music in a clear perspective, explains it, gives out, as swingumbobs have it, with solid stuff about an important musical influence.’ – taken from a 1939 review by Robert A. Simon, music critic for The New Yorker.

With five full page black and white photographic illustrations.

My memory of those early days is hazier than that of most kids, because we moved around a lot. But I can remember a time when we lived in a basement without heat during the winter, and a couple of times when there wasn't anything to eat. I don't mean much to eat. I mean anything. That isn't an experience you forget in a hurry. I haven't ever forgotten it.
  Octavo (book size 21 x 13.5 cm), pp. 265 [3]. Publisher's black polished cloth, spine lettered in silver, emblem blocked in silver to front board, top edge stained black. Dust jacket priced $2.00 to lower corner of front flap. [Collated correct 19/6/2019]   Condition: Near fine, some wear to edges and corners, a small number of finger marks and spots to the last few pages, in very good dust jacket, light wear to corners and spine ends with a little loss, 3cm closed tear to lower edge of rear panel, damp stain to tail of spine.   Ref: 109335   Price: HK$ 18,000