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Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings - HARRIS Joel Chandler - 1881. 
1881 - HARRIS, Joel Chandler. Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation. With Illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser. New York: D. Appleton, 1881. Octavo, original gilt- and black-stamped pictorial green cloth, butterfly patterned blue-grey endpapers. Housed in a custom slipcase. $8500.First edition, first state, of the first and most beloved Uncle Remus book by Harris, the one American writer of the Reconstruction who "has made the most permanent contribution," with eight plates and numerous text illustrations by Church and Moser, in original bright gilt cloth."Harris' main concern in setting [the stories] down was to preserve the remnants of a folklore which he was sufficiently farseeing to know would one day perish from the earth unless someone who understood the racial psychology and social philosophy behind it acted as amanuensis to its surviving narrators" (Twenty-three Books, Winterich, 102). "Of all the American writers of [the Reconstruction] period, Joel Chandler Harris has made the most permanent contribution" (Braithwaite, in The New Negro, 32). "It will live as long as Aesop's fables" (John Bigelow). First state, with "presumptive" in the last line of page 9 and no mention of Uncle Remus in the publisher's advertisements. BAL notes four cloth variants and three endpaper variants, no priority. BAL 7100. Laid-in partial leaf (3 by 5 inches) with bibliographic notations in an unidentified manuscript hand.Interior generally fresh and clean with only minor edge-wear to one plate leaf not affecting image (118), minor restoration to spine ends and front inner paper hinge. A lovely near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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