So This Is Jazz - Henry O. Osgood 1926 - Little, Boston - First Edition ‘Jazz! The word is new and different, just as the thing itself.’

‘... the first book-length effort to define the nature and scope of jazz’
– Jeffrey Magee

A bright copy of the this important musical historiography, considered the first American book on jazz.

Osgood writes chapters on jazz vocalists, piano jazz, and the jazz orchestra, together with portraits of some of the leading jazz musicians and composers of the time, including Paul Whiteman, Ferdie Grofé, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Vincent Lopez, among others.
  Born in Massachusetts, educated in Boston and later in Germany, France, and Italy, Henry Osbourne Osgood began contributing journal articles about jazz to various publications as early as 1924. He served as Assistant Conductor at the Munich Royal Opera House before returning to America at the outbreak of WWI. A composer and contributor to musical journals, he was also an editor of the Musical Courier of New York City.

References: Hardie,
Jazz Historiography 36-42. Magee, The Uncrowned King of Swing 97.

Octavo (14.5 x 22 cm). pp. viii [4] 258 [2]. Publisher’s red cloth, blocked and lettered in black to upper cover, black titles to spine, in original orange illustrated dust jacket.
  Condition: Very good, 2 cm split to cloth at head of spine, a touch of fraying and fading to spine ends, in very good price-clipped dust jacket, chip to spine head and tail, a few short nicks to corners, some light wear along panel edges.   Ref: 108474   Price: HK$ 1,900