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    First Edition of the First "Uncle Remus" Book

    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 page 9, and the advertisements on page [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 green 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 a few tiny chips to cloth at spine extremities. Binding shaken, with hinges holding by the mull cloth. Previous ownership signature on front blank. Pages 23-34 with one-inch to two-and-one-half-inch marginal tears, with some text affected. Binding cracked in a few places. Engraved plate facing page 97 detached. An excellent candidate for minor repairs, in overall very good condition.

    "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).

    "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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