New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1860. Second Edition. Item #418
12mo. 195 x 120 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches). iv, 214 pp. Illustrated with 12 plates. Bound in publisher's brown cloth, blind-stamped with gilt title on spine. Corners rubbed with some fraying to head and foot of spine. Spine rolled, but binding sound. Slightly foxed throughout.
Presentation copy signed by the publisher "J. A. Harper," and dated September 1860. Joseph Abner Harper was the son of John W. Harper, one of the original two brothers who started J. and J. Harper publishing.
Stated Second edition, originally published in 1835 as a collection of newspaper clippings written by Longstreet about life in the South. Along with Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Longstreet's work is considered one of the earliest examples of Southern literary humor.
Illustrator is unknown, but Murrell offers insight into the book: "The search for other interesting examples of humorous book illustration of this period has proved regrettably unsuccessful, with the notable exception of Harper's 1840 edition of Longstreet's very popular Georgia Scenes. This is illustrated with fourteen [?] small etchings by an unknown hand. The little plates are very skillfully done, and although the drawing betrays indebtedness to Cruikshank the sensitiveness and whimsicality displayed are the qualities of a true graphic artist."
Howes L 488. Sabin 41936. Wright i, 1722. Murrell. A History of American Graphic Humor Vol 1, 166. Augustus Baldwin Longstreet's "Georgia Scenes" Completed: A Scholarly Text, edited by David Rachels, 269; American National Biography.