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    Joel Chandler Harris. Uncle Remus. His Songs and Sayings. The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation. With Illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881.

    First edition, BAL first state, of the author's first book (with "presumptive" in the last line on p. 9, and the advertisements on p. [233] beginning "New Books. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine"). Twelvemo. 231, [1, blank], [8, advertisements] pages. Eight wood-engraved plates (including frontispiece) and sixteen wood-engraved text illustrations (including title vignette).

    Original blue diagonally-ribbed cloth with front cover pictorially stamped in gilt and black and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Back cover ruled in blind. White endpapers printed in gray with a butterfly pattern. Binding somewhat worn, with headpieces and tailpieces chipped away from the spine ends, noticeable edge and fold wear, and bumped corners. Spine mildly darkened. Binding cracked at pages 97 and 120, but still holding for the most part. Dust-soiling to text edges. Scattered minor foxing, but largely the interior of the textblock is clean. All in all, an about very good copy of Harris's classic.

    "The instant success of this first Uncle Remus book caused the greatest flood of dialect literature the country had known" (Grolier, 100 American).

    BAL 7100. Blanck, Peter Parley to Penrod, pp. 56-57. Grolier, 100 American, 83.


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