Laguerre: A Gascon of the Black Border. Ambrose E. GONZALES.

Laguerre: A Gascon of the Black Border

Columbia, SC: The State Company, 1924. First Edition. Octavo (20.25cm.); publisher's cloth in pictorial dust jacket; xvi,318pp.; photographic frontispiece, three leaves of plates. Jacket quite dust-soiled and worn along the edges with a number of closed tears, some with subsequent creasing, splitting to top and bottom two inches of front flap, small circular paper flaw to spine from previously removed sticker, dampstain to upper jacket panel sligthly bleeding into textblock, corners bumped, else a Near Very Good copy in the uncommon, complete jacket. Item #917

The last of the author's "Black Border" series, an encyclopedic compilation of 145 Gullah tales once finished. Having grown up on a slave-holding plantation in South Carolina, Gonzales learned the creole Gullah dialect at a young age and his four volumes of tales would be the first works to document and provide a vocabulary of the language, though previous attempts, including by Edgar Allan Poe, had been made to mimic the language. All four volumes of the "Black Border" series were published by the State Company, publisher of Columbia's "State" newspaper, which Gonzales and his brother had founded in 1891.

Reference: Christopher R. Fee and Jeffrey B. Webb, eds. American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore, p. 423.

Price: $250.00