DescriptionJoel 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 page 9, and the advertisements on page  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). Publisher's mustard 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. Corners lightly rubbed and soiled, with some minor loss at spine ends. Spine somewhat sunned. Rear hinge broken, front reglued. Slightly cocked. Generally, very good."With respect to the Folk-Lore series, my purpose has been to preserve the legends themselves in their original simplicity, and to wed them permanently to the quaint dialect -- if, indeed, it can be called a dialect -- through the medium of which they have become a part of the domestic history of every Southern family; and I have endeavored to give to the whole a genuine flavor of the old plantation" (Introduction).
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