Le Jazz Hot - Présenté par Louis Armstrong; Préfacé par Eugène Marsan; Dessins de Roger Chastel. - Hugues Panassié 1934 - Editions R.-A. Corrêa, Paris - First Edition ‘As a lover of Hot Music as well as a player, I take great pleasure in introducing a book on Hot Music which is written by that wonderful little critic on Hot Music, Mr Hugues Parnassié’ – Louis Armstrong, from his introduction

A bright copy of one of the earliest and most important works on jazz, written by the founder of the Hot Club de Paris, Hugues Parnassié, at the age of just twenty-two, and presented here with the rare orange wrap around band.

Wonderfully illustrated with colour frontispiece by Roger Chastel and 10 black and white photographs of prominent jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Colman Hawkins, and Duke Ellington. Text in French, with Armstrong’s introduction in French and English. Index features an impressive 58-page list of ‘disques hot’.
  The first book of jazz criticism, Le Jazz Hot put jazz on the map in Europe and in its own country. Parnassié’s passionate work was translated into English in 1936 as Hot Jazz.

‘Parnassié had found what he believed to be the most beautiful music in the world, and his book rings with superlatives and clarion bursts’
– American Musicians: 71 Portraits in Jazz

References: Balliett, ‘Parnassié, Delauney et Cie’ American Musicians: 71 Portraits in Jazz.

Octavo (14.5 x 23 cm). pp. 432 [6]. Publisher’s cream wrappers printed in red and black, upper cover design by Roger Chastel, verso of wrappers with vintage, music-related advertisements, with original orange wrap around band printed in black.
Two loose sheets of note paper with numerous songs, musicians, and record labels listed in pencil, laid in.

Collated June 17, 2016 –
10 black and white photographic plates facing pages 96, 112, 116, 124, 144, 192, 224, 240, 272, 304, plus colour frontispiece.
  Condition: Near fine, occasional faint spotting to wrappers, hint of wear to extremities, spine slightly toned and creased, wrap around band opened at front fold.   Ref: 107994   Price: HK$ 5,500