EVENING TALES. Joel Chandler Harris.


Done into English from the French of Frederic Ortoli. Authorized Edition. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893. Original terra-cotta cloth decorated in black and silver.

First Edition of this collection of Uncle Remus-like animal stories by the French author Ortoli, "done into English" by Harris. The first one, "A French Tar-Baby," is essentially the identical story to Harris's, but features Brother Rabbit and Brother Goat; other tales involve Mr. Snail, Brother Wolf, Teenchy Duck, Daddy Sheep, etc. This book actually was a production not only of Harris but also of his wife, née Essie LaRose -- whose French ancestry and French Canadian birth was vital in the translation.

The binding, though unsigned, is by Margaret Armstrong (an atypical one for her, with rabbits, snails and ducks cavorting across the front cover under a silver moon). This is a near-fine copy, with less rubbing of the front cover silver than is often the case. Blanck 7127; Gullans & Espey 181. Item #14300

Price: $295.00

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