Songs of the Old South, Verses and Drawings by Howard [Maria] Weeden.
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900. 8vo, xii; 96pp. 6 plates in color, including frontispiece (with tissue guard), and 12 plates in black and white after watercolor paintings by the author. Original ribbed gray cloth. Spine and front cover gilt lettered, color plate mounted on front cover. Covers soiled with a small scrape at lower fore-corner of front cover. White linen endpapers. Some splitting to gutter between front free endpaper and the rest of the text. Pencil inscription to recto of first leaf, with faint stamp to top edge above inscription: 9D 2.50. Pages untrimmed and many unopened. A very good copy. First edition. Maria Howard Weened (1847-1905), who never used her first name, was a frail spinster in Huntsville, Alabama. She helped support her war-impoverished family by the sale of her delicate watercolor paintings and her poems, a number of which were set to music. Her favorite subjects were African-Americans, and, despite the unfortunate dialect of most of her verses, her images and writings are always affectionate and respectful. Joel Chandler Harris was highly enthusuastic about her work. The Weeden home in Huntsville, a Federal building dating from 1819, is now a museum. Afro-Americana 11038. Work, p. 436.
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