[Item #58948] Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War [Presentation Copy]. Frances Butler LEIGH.

Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War [Presentation Copy]

London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1883. First Edition. First printing. Octavo (23cm). Purple cloth, stamped in black and gilt with statue of R. E. Lee on front; dark blue coated endpapers; [xii],347,[1]pp. Inscribed "With the Authoress' sincere regards" on half-title. a straight, sound copy, faded at spine and board edges, gently rubbed, internally clean: Very Good.

Frances Butler Leigh was the second daughter of actress and author Fanny Kemble and plantation owner Pierce Butler. The marriage dissolved in the 1840s over Kemble's opposition to slavery, and both daughters were raised by their father in Georgia. Framed as a response to her mother's influential abolitionist book Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839, this work is a significantly racist account of Leigh's attempts to run her father's plantations after the Civil War. When she was unable to both pay laborers and generate profits, she and her husband moved to Britain, where she published this memoir. Work describes it as a "valuable account of labor conditions on the coast after the Civil war," and notes that the "appendix contains a sketch of the method of rice cultivation." WORK p.373. LCP AFRO-AMERICANA 5774. BLOCKSON 4151. HOWES L241.

Price: $1,250.00

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