NY: D. Appleton and Co. 1881. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Original bright green pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and black; octavo, 231 pp. Engraved illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser. 8-page publisher catalogue at rear. Endpapers with butterfly pattern printed in gray-olive. Barely perceptible repairs to spine ends, top edge a bit dusty, spine slightly dulled, spotting to front flyleaf, else fine, a beautiful copy. Very good. Item #19430
Fine first edition of this iconic work of juvenile literature and African-American folklore. BAL first issue points: page 9, last line ". . . presumptive . . ." (instead of . . . presumptuous . . ."; first page of catalog at rear with reviews of New Books. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine . . ." BAL 7100.