LITTLE MR. THIMBLEFINGER and his Queer Country. Joel Chandler Harris.

LITTLE MR. THIMBLEFINGER and his Queer Country.

What the Children Saw and Heard there. Illustrated by Oliver Herford. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. Original tan cloth pictorially decorated in green and dark brown.

First Edition of this curious volume of tales: three little children -- Buster John, Sweetest Susan and Drusilla -- journey to the "queer country" of Mr. Thimblefinger, where they have many adventures with talking animals such as Mr. Rabbit, Chickamy Crany Crow and Brother Terrapin. In his prefatory note, Harris says

The stories that follow belong to three categories. Some of them were gathered from the negroes, but were not embodied in the tales of Uncle Remus, because I was not sure they were negro stories; some are Middle Georgia folklore stories, and no doubt belong to England; and some are merely inventions...

This is a near-fine copy, with very minor darkening of the spine (on the front endpaper is a Christmas 1894 gift inscription from an uncle to his nephew). Blanck 7129. Item #14301

Price: $250.00

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