1881. New York: D. Appleton, 1881.
8vo, 231, [viii] ads pp. Illustrations by Frederick Church and James Moser. Original red cloth stamped in gold and black, a unusually bright, near fine copy with only faint soil to the backstrip and lower board. Enclosed in a modern, custom box.
§ First edition, first issue, with presumptive mis-spelled on p.9 bottom line and without ads for this title in rear. This red color binding is not listed in BAL and is exceptionally rare. A classic of American children’s literature. This is the Michelson copy and was last seen in the Grolier Club catalogue and exhibition One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature, New York, December 10, 2014 to February 7, 2015. “Harris was not the first to record the stories of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear, which he heard in the cabins of slaves on Georgia plantations, but his retellings made them a favorite with American children” Grolier Children’s 100 , this copy. See also Peter Parley to Penrod p.56, BAL 7100, Grolier, 100 American Books, 83. Item #122747