This book by Stefan Grossman offers an impressive collection of solos by Rev. Gary Davis. As most of you know, Gary Davis was a blind guitarist who played in a complicated, syncopated ragtime style somewhat reminiscent of Blind Blake. Apparently, Grossman took some lessons from Davis in New York City.
The book includes a generous selection of transcriptions, all accompanied by informative comments, an interview with Reverend Davis, and helpful photos of hand positions.
Unfortunately, the tablature is a bit of a mess as it is placed on pages separate from the notation. And the tablature does not contain rhythm markings. Thus, to a guitarist who relies on tablature, the interpretation of the rhythms will be frustrating and maybe even impossible. This book is an ambitious effort but with no companion recording it is possibly of marginal value to non-readers.
But those who can read basic music notation and have fairly good fingerpicking technique will find a lot of great guitar music here. The songs contain a lot of fascinating ideas that can be added to your own fingerpicking style.