1883. Boston: James Osgood and Company, 1883.
8vo, xxxvi, (ii), 416 pp. Frontispiece, 19 plates and 2 in-text illustrations. Publisher's pictorial gray cloth, upper cover stamped in black and gold. A very good example of the gray binding, a few small bumps and trivial rubbing to the head and foot of the backstrip, pages slightly browned, one or two plates and rear pastedown with small old stains. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1883 on front free endpaper.
§ Second collection of Uncle Remus stories. BAL7109. Joel Chandler Harris, a white Southern journalist, collected these folktales from enslaved and formerly enslaved African Americans on Georgia plantations. Serialized in newspapers across the country, they proved hugely popular and the first collection (Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings) published by Appleton in 1881 was bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. The books were responsible for compounding racist stereotypes and disseminating them across generations of readers, as well as popularizing a false and rosy picture of the antebellum South. At the same time, Harris was the first folklorist to make a serious effort to preserve the Southern black oral traditions and his books have proved an important resource for ethnologists and contemporary African American writers seeking to reconstruct and reclaim traditional folktales. Item #123794