by [MENDICANT LITERATURE] BRITTAIN, Colonel I.J. [Braxton Craven]
Winston-Salem, NC: I.J. Brittain, N.d. [ca 1920?]. An odd piece of North Carolina mendicant literature, published by "...an old, disabled Confederate Veteran" who implores his reader: "...never loan this book to any one. I will keep these Books in stock. Tell them to confine four dimes between two Postal Cards or forty cents in Stamps...and this Book will be forthcoming. A premium with every Book." First title is a reprint of Braxton Craven's account of the celebrated murder of Naomi Wise, which first appeared in 1853 and was reprinted frequently throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Craven's narrative became the standard version of this lovers' quarrel ending in death, entering into folklore through several different ballads, including variations of the one penned by Craven himself, which forms the postscript to his narrative (though the most famous version, made popular by North Carolina folk artist Doc Watson and others, differs considerably from that printed here). The second title, a brief celebration of the career of Andrew Jackson, (emphasizing his North Carolina roots) is claimed by Brittain to be of his own composition, though it is clearly a cobbled-together account from newspapers and history books. This pamphlet of uncertain date; Brittain dates Craven's narrative to "75 years ago," which would suggest a 1920s date for this pamphlet, however typographically and stylistically it belongs to a much earlier era. This edition not in Thornton, Bibliography of North Carolina, however for a similar item -- apparently a later, expanded edition -- see Thornton 1258. OCLC 4 locations. Octavo pamphlet; staple-bound, printed buff wrappers; 32pp. External rubbing and wear, small chip at fore-corner of wrappers; scuff to front wrapper partially obscuring imprint (no loss to sense); text clean, solid and unmarked; Good or better. (Inventory #: 29623)
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