GRAY MOON TALES - Mitchell, 1st Ed 1926 - AFRICAN AMERICAN SOUTHERN FOLKLORE
GRAY MOON TALES
Book Details + Condition: The Bobbs-Merill Company (Indianapolis). First Edition, 1926. Small 8vo. hardcover; blue cloth covered boards with paste-down of rabbit and elf dancing. 169 pages; b/w illustrations by Will Vawter. Thirteen American Southern folklore stories told by "old mammy". "The old-time southern Mammy is essentially religious and her frequent and familiar references to Deity and to Bible teachings are never made through lack of reverence.... Through the natural working out of a prescribed law and through the influence of chrams, hoodoos, imps o' darkness and the changes o' de moon. These superstitions are so deeply grounded through generations, it is doubtful if they will ever be wholly lost." (From the Foreword) Contents include: Mammy and the Butterflies; Mammy and Mr. Tadpole; Mammy and the Shadow Blankets; Mammy and the Wicked Elves; and more. In very good condition: tight binding; bumped and rubbed corners; rubbing to edges; light shelf wear to boards; text is clean and unmarked.