New York: Diploma, 1924 Institute of Musical Art / Press of G. Schirmer, Inc.), 1925.
Hardcover. First Edition. Quarto. 93pp. Dark blue cloth with gilt title and decoration on the front cover. A few small marks on rear boards. Clumsy repair at bottom corners of p.39-43. Still a bright, otherwise near fine copy. Armorial bookplate of Leonard Outhwaite on the front pastedown. Presentation copy from George Foster Peabody to Leonard Outhwaite with Typed Letter Signed laid in on his letterhead from Saratoga Springs in the year of publication: "My dear Mr. Outhwaite: I hear from Doctor Woofter that you have taken special interest in some of the Negro folk songs and music. I am, therefore, giving myself the pleasure of sending to you a copy of the St. Helena Spirituals, which not only has a number of new songs but has a foreword that I am sure you will find of interest. I am Very Truly yours, George Foster Peabody." The letter is paper-clipped to the right front flyleaf leaving a faint impression on the title page. George Foster Peabody's calling card is neatly affixed.
Outhwaite worked as a consultant, anthropologist, and author. He was a staff member of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial from 1923 to 1928 where one of his fields of interest was American race relations.
Peabody was raised in Columbus, Georgia and moved to New York shortly after the Civil War, where he became a banker and philanthropist. He was a social activist, and major benefactor of the University of Georgia. The Peabody award for excellence in journalism was named after him. He also had an association with the author of this book, Nicholas G.J. Ballanta, who was a Sierra Leonean music scholar, composer, and educator who conducted field research of the music of West Africa in the early 20th Century. Peabody persuaded Ballanta to visit Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina to better understand the music of African-Americans and funded Ballanta's field research from 1924 to 1926 in Gambia, Sierra Leone, Gold Coast (Ghana), and Nigeria.