New York: The Century Co., 1902. First Edition. Small 8vo. 132 pp. With pictures by Edward Pottbast. The striking Art Nouveau decorative binding is signed with the monogram 'DD" for Decorative Designers. Red cloth with green and gilt decorationg and lettering. In publisher's original dustjacket. A fine copy in good only dustjacket (front and rear covers separate at spine; spine missing 3 1/2" starting under the title; wear to extremities; closed tears). Item #19213
Ruth McEnery Stuart (1849–1917) has been characterized as belonging to the school of "American local color writing that emphasizes regional characteristics in landscape, way of life, and language." Stuart's treatment of blacks forms a significant portion of her corpus and, if potentially troublesome today, "contemporary critics acclaimed her as providing an authentic representation of African Americans." - wiki. In this title, Stuart writes in contemporary African American dialect.