"…BUT DONT TROW ME IN DE BRIER PATCH": GULLAH DIALECT VERSIONS OF AFRICAN TRICKSTER TALES
JONES, Charles C., Jr. Negro Myths from the Georgia Coast. Told in the Vernacular. Columbia, South Carolina: The State Company, 1925. Small octavo, original dark purple cloth gilt, original dust jacket. $1500.
Later edition of Jones' written record of traditional African trickster stories as told in the Gullah creole, in rare original dust jacket.
Raised on three Georgia plantations owned by his wealthy Presbyterian clergyman father, Charles Collock Jones, Jr. spent much time around "Gullah-speaking people whose folkways and folklore provided Jones with resources for some of his later published materials… Jones is best known for his writings on the history of Georgia and for his studies of Native-American antiquities… [He] was a meticulous scholar whose concern for details often limited the scope of his studies" (ANB). This volume "preserved Gullah dialect versions of the African trickster tales more commonly associated with the Uncle Remus tales of Joel Chandler Harris" (Georgia Encyclopedia). Jones pursued a more ethnological approach than did Harris; his was "the first attempt to record systematically the dialect used on the Georgia and the South Carolina coast. The glossary of 450 words and expressions… is a valuable addition" (Georgia Historical Quarterly 27:4, December 1943, 328-29). First published 1888. See Work, 431; Blockson 853.
Book about-fine, with light offsetting to endpapers, cloth gilt bright. Rare original dust jacket extremely good, with only light wear. An excellent and attractive copy in near-fine condition.