Washington: Thomas McGill, 1860. First Edition. Octavo (18.5cm); brown publisher's cloth, decoratively stamped in blind on front/rear, gilt-stamped title on spine (faded); 294pp. Spine cocked; soil and handling wear to boards; some rubbing and fraying to leading corners and spine extremities; interiors foxed with brittle gutters and exposed signature threads. Very Good.
This collection of short stories by Col. James R. Creecy was published after his death through the efforts of his wife, who compiled these "fugitive pieces" after the New York press mislaid a larger and more cohesive manuscript. In this book, Creecy, known at the time as respectable gentleman who frequently contributed to southern newspapers, writes about New Orleans and its customs (such as Mardi Gras), as well as Natchez, Port Gibson, the Choctaw people, and more, including his temperance and his opposition to lynching. Also incudes short essays and poetry on miscellaneous subjects.