By Lafcadio Hearn
New York   Will H. Colman
9" by 7" 4-42 [6]pp
The first edition of Lafcadio Hearn's guide to Creole dialect, idioms and proverbs, published early in his career, and prior to his ventures in Japan.
By Lafcadio Hearn

1885 Gombo Zhebes: Little Dictionary of Creole Proverbs, Selected from Six Creole Dialects

New York   Will H. Colman
9" by 7" 4-42 [6]pp
The first edition of Lafcadio Hearn's guide to Creole dialect, idioms and proverbs, published early in his career, and prior to his ventures in Japan.
£250.00
: 0.5kgs / : 906F4

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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding

The first edition of this work, only the second work Hearn published with his name to the title page.

Hearn utilises his knowledge of six Creole dialects to provide a fascinating insight into the language and its idioms.

Hearn was a resident of New Orleans for some time, with this volume being a product of Hearn's interest in the Creoles of the Louisiana and New Orleans area.

In the publisher's ocher cloth binding, one of three variants. There is no known binding priority.

With a total of seven newspaper clippings pasted to the verso of the front free endpaper, and the following two blanks. These include an illustrated portrait of Hearn, and the obituary notices of two individuals: the New York Herald and New York Times notices of the death of Mrs Louisa Zerbina Jordan, in 1889, and the obituary of her husband, Harry Jordan, in 1895. Both were professional actors.

The final clipping features a suggestion that curbing immigration would prevent the spread of illness, and a discussion of sunlight as a preventative measure against cholera.

Condition

In the publisher's original cloth binding. Bumping to back strip head and tail. Areas of fading and rubbing to the front board, concentrated to the front joint. Hinges strained, and somewhat tender. Loss of paper to head of front free endpaper. Seven newspaper clippings pasted to the verso of the front free endpaper, and the following two blanks. Internally, firmly bound. Pages clean and bright.

Good

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