1921 edition; "With Over 100 Illustrations by A.B. Frost"; Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, New York; hardbound in tan textured boards with red and black lettering on spine; very good condition with unmarked pages and wonderful early illustrations; dust jacket is not good with tears and missing pieces - see pic; overall: a very good condition book with a poor condition dust jacket.
From Introduction -
I am advised by my publishers that this book is to be included in their catalogue of humorous publications, and this friendly warning gives me an opportunity to say that however humorous it may be in effect, its intention is perfectly serious; and, even if it were otherwise, it seems to me that a volume written wholly in dialect must have its solemn, not to say melancholy, features.
With respect to the Folk-Lore scenes, my purpose has been to preserve the legends themselves in their original simplicity, and to wed them permanently to the quaint dialect—if, indeed, it can be called a dialect—through the medium of which they have become a part of the domestic history of every Southern family; and I have endeavored to give to the whole a genuine flavor of the old plantation.
Each legend has its variants, but in every instance I have retained that particular version which seemed to me to be the most characteristic, and have given it without embellishment and without exaggeration...