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Longstreet, Augustus Baldwin. Georgia Scenes, Characters, Incidents

Augusta, GA: S.R. Sentinel office, 1835

Original cloth-backed boards, remains of printed paper label on spine. A very good copy. Cloth case.

First edition of “the foundation stone in the development of native humor” and a landmark of Southern literature (DAB). This is the Bradley Martin copy of Longstreet’s first book, preceded only by two short pamphlets. “A landmark in American literature, and among the earliest works of the tradition that led to Clemens” (Streeter).

Longstreet later wrote that, “the aim of the author was to supply a chasm of history which has always been overlooked—the manners, customs, amusements, wit, dialect, as they appear in all grades of society to an ear and eye witness of them.” “Longstreet’s colorful descriptions of horse swaps, dances, fights, gander pullings, horse races, and shooting matches made the work a popular success”(ANB).

BAL 12946.