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1961 Bob Dylan Handwritten Set List & Original Art

Starting Bid - $2,500.00 , Sold For - $6,462.50

Presented is a fascinating early Bob Dylan item, dating from 1961. This notebook cover may be familiar to Dylan collectors and historians, as it is the cover from a tablet of songs neatly handwritten by Bob Dylan that was saved as a cherished keepsake by Peter MacKenzie, the son of the family with whom Dylan lived in Greenwich Village during the early 1960s, and many of his most famous songs were written at this time. When the entire notebook with songs was offered years ago as a single entity by rock specialists Its Only Rock N Roll, the item as a whole was more than any collector at the time could afford. By necessity, the notebook was later broken up and the pages were sold individually, each for thousands of dollars. But what happened to the cover, that was one of the most interesting aspects of notebook? Well, here it is!

Presented is the cover from the famous MacKenzie Dylan song notebook. In fact, this is the entire balance of the notebook, with all the interior pages with songs neatly written removed. But what remains, on the cover, is extraordinary: a set list in Dylan's hand from a concert given by Bob Dylan in the summer of 1961, and also an original artwork by Dylan below. The set list includes numerous traditional folk and country blues standards in addition to a few unusual choices. Dylan has written shortened titles to some of the songs. Included are: The Cuckoo (Is a Pretty Bird) , Snow White Dove (presumably Railroad Boy ), Will The Circle Be Unbroken , Pretty Polly , Man of Constant Sorrow , Great Divide , Highway 51 , and Lady of Carlyle . Three others are of origin unknown: On My Journey Home, Trying To Get Home, and Battleship of Maine. Drawn below in pencil is a guitar and musical notes. Of great significance is the fact that the guitar drawn by Dylan here is very similar in style and composition to another guitar drawing made by him that was used as the cover artwork for the book Writings and Drawings by Bob Dylan (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1973), a copy of which is included in this lot. The set list, written in two shades of blue ballpoint, and the drawing are found on the inside cover of a 5 x 8-inch writing tablet that originally contained other writings of Dylan’s. The notebook cover exhibits a horizontal middle fold across the neck of the guitar drawing, and a tear along the left border. Five unused sheets of paper are still in the tablet. Very Good condition overall. This is an extraordinary Dylan item, dating from the earliest days of his rise to national prominence, directly relating to his career as an artist, and ideal for display with the later published Dylan book, a copy of which accompanies. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $6,462.50


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