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1 Blodgett & Rullman Advertising Inc. Lexington: Reflections of the Bluegrass Heartland.
Lexington, KY: Mare's Tail Publishing Co., [1989]. First Edition, As Stated. 
Quarto, navy blue leatherette (hardcover), 144 pp. Fine, in a Near-Fine dust jacket with slight edgewear. Pictorial history of Lexington, Kentucky. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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2 Clark, Joshua; Editor. French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories of America's Oldest Bohemia. An Anthology of the Best Works by Living Writers on the Heart of New Orleans.
New Orleans: Light of New Orleans Publishing, LLC, 2003. Stated First Edition. 
Octavo, softbound (stiff, glossy, full-color illus. wrappers), cover flaps, uncut, 381 pp. Fine (As New). 
Price: 7.50 USD
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3 Clinton, Charles A. Local Success and Federal Failure: A Study of Community Development and Education Change in the Rural South.
Cambridge, Mass.: ABT Books, [1979]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth (hardcover), mxxvii, 177 pp. Fine in dust jacket. 
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4 Conner, Jud. Southern Yankees and the One-Eyed Alligator.
St. Petersburg, Fla.: Southern Heritage Press, [2000]. 
1st edition. Octavo, softbound, v, 132 pp. Illus. Fine. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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5 Craddock, Charles Egbert [pseudonym of Mary N. Murfee]. In the Clouds.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1887. 
1st edition. Duodecimo, brown cloth, 452 pp. Near-Fine; minor wear to head and foot of spine. 
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6 Dale, Jim. Neon through the Pines: Southern Memories.
Canton, GA: Yawn's Publishing, (2012). First Edition. 
Octavo, softbound (slick, full-color illus. wrappers), v + 346 pp. Fine (As New). From lower cover: Neon through the pines. It used to be moonlight through the pines. This book is primarily about my experiences as a Southerner, how the South has changed, and how some of us feel about the changes. This book is a series of edited articles from columns I wrote for my hometown newspapers published under the titles Let ME Tell You a Story and Lines from the Lake. 
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7 Davids, Richard C. The Man Who Moved a Mountain.
Philadlephia: Fortress Press, (1970). 
Octavo, coral blind-stamped cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 253 pp. Very Good, with light soiling to page edges (still, quite attractive), in a Fair, mylar protected dust jacket with soiling and speckling. From dust jacket: Moonshine, superstition, and shotguns ruled the Blue Ridge Mountains when Bob Childress was born in a one-room cabin in The Hollow. Whiskey provided forgetfulness and shootings provided entertainment. But when Bob Childress grew up, he turned away from the violence, poverty, and ignorance of his youth. The true account of how Bob Childress tamed a wild and backward corner of the Blue Ridge will appeal to everyone who loves a good story. Richard Davids takes us a few mile from what is now the Blue Ridge Parkway and only 220 miles from Washington, D.C. into a completely different world. People in this section of southwest Virginia settled their disputes with guns and ignored the rest of the country for generations -- until Bob Childress came along. Bob was a child of the hills and he felt their power: I was three years old when I was drunk for the first time. Brandy was god in our cabin. By the time I was fifteen I had an Owl's-head pistol and was known as a heller. Gradually, though, Bob saw beyond this way of life. He was a family man of thirty-five when he decided to become a Presbyterian minister. In five years he went from eighth grade to graduation from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. On Buffalo Mountain, one of the most notorious in the area, Bob Childress faces illiterate preachers, liquor-dealers, and hardened killers. In his Model T, he traveled 50000 miles a year visiting isolated cabins. He built eight churches and preached weekly in fourteen. To a landlocked region with no industry, he brought sawmills, roads, and bridges. To forgotten people, he brough hope and self respect. 
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8 Davis, Hubert J. The Great Dismal Swamp: Its History, Folklore and Science. Illustrated by Donald L. Allen. Revised Edition.
Murfreesboro, NC: Johnson Publishing Company, 1971. 
Signed and Inscribed by Author. Octavo, illus. tan boards, (hardcover), 175 pp. Illustrated with b&w photos. Near-Fine, with former-owner inscription. Contents: Introduction; Natural History; A Geological Wonder; The Wicked Fire Bird of Dismal Swamp; Poets, Politicians and Phantasy; Perspiration, Politics and Persistence Construct a Canal; Deep Creek -- Open Door to Dismal Swamp; Sailing Masts and Green Seas; The Wooden Age of Colonial Virginia; A Swamp Animal Parade; Swift and Shy; Myths, Misconceptions and Nonsense. 
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9 Dick, Everett; Research Professor of American History, Union College, Lincoln Nebraska. The Dixie Frontier, A Social History of the Southern Frontier from the First Transmontane Beginnings to the Civil War.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948. 
Octavo, green cloth, gilt letters & decorations to spine, xix + 374 pp + xxv pp. Residue to fep., otherwise, Very Good, with light rubbing to edges. 
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10 Dickey, James. Southern Light. Photography by James Valentine.
Birmingham, Alabama: Oxmoor House, Inc., [1991]. 
First Edition (Stated). Oblong quarto, black cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, glossy pages, 192 pp. 135 Full-color photo. plates. Fine (As New), in like dust jacket. ‘In Southern Light, naturalist/photographer James Valentine and award-winning poet James Dickey celebrate the awesome, moving splendorrr of nature's light on the South's unspoiled wilderness areas...Followiing the progress of light on nature throughout the day, Valentines photography captures the vibrant landscapes of Southern states rich in unique diversity...Dickey's matchless poetic prose hhighlights the wide range of strong emotions that this wilderness inspires...A dramatic quest into the timeless beauty of pristine, fragile environments, environments essential to our well-being.' 
Price: 30.00 USD
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11 Dinnerstein, Leonard and Mary Dale Palsson. Jews in the South.
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, (1973). 
Octavo, black cloth (hardcover), viii + 392 pp. Near-Fine, with light foxing (age darkened spotting) to page edges; in a Fair, mylar protected dust jacket with a large chip to upper cover and edgewear that includes light chipping. From dust jacket: This comprehensive anthology, the first book-length treatment of the subject, examines various aspects of Jewish life in the South from colonial times to the present. It includes most of the serious studies of southern Jews, along with several other essays of special interest... 
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12 Fair, John T. Seeing the Sunny South. With Frontispiece in Color and 115 Doubletone Illustrations.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1921. 
Octavo, tan illus. cloth (hardcover), uncut, top edge gilt, tissue-protected frontis., plates, 320 pp. Very Good+, with light rubbing to covers. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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13 Flournoy, Mary H.; Historian General, United Daughters of the Confederacy. Side Lights on Southern History.
Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, 1939. First Edition. 
Octavo, red cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, [xiv] + 259 pp. Very Good, with sunned spine and lightly rubbed edges. From Foreword: Foreign travelers usually are surprised and Northern guests frequently are concerned to find that the Confederate tradition persists in the South. It seems incredible to them that the old families of the South still speak of the War Between the States simply as “the War”, that the graves of those who fell in that conflict still are decorated, and that Confederate heroes are first in the affection of millions of people. Northerners soon discover how baseless are fears behind this attachment to the Southern cause there lurk “disaffection, treason and rebellion;” observant men from lands that suffered the ravages of the World War perceive sympathetically the relationship between tender memory and dark disaster. Southerners themselves accept the Confederate tradition so much as a part of their uprearing that they rarely ask themselves why it remains so much in their thought, in their literature, in their politics and in their outlook on life. Some day, I hope, a competent student will make the requisite long research and will analyze all the influences that have made this tradition as virile as precious. The inquiry will disclose, among other things, an instinctive choice of values, a proud association of the individual with a great cause and, quite apart from politics and questions of racial unity, an amazing example of the manner in which women influence thought... 
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14 Friddell, Guy. The Virginia Way. Photographs by Wolfgang Roth.
Offenburg: Dr. Franz Burda, [1973]. 
First Edition. Quarto, blue cloth, (hardcover), gilt letters, glossy pages, 231 pp. B & w, color illus., photos throughout. Former owner inscription; otherwise, Fine, in a Very Good+ dust jacket with very light edgewear. Contents: A State of Bliss; Where it All Began; Go Make Tabacco; Let's Go to Williamsburg; The Holy City; Thomas Jefferson's Way; The Valley of Virginia; Star and Stag; Mountain Empire; Southside Mockingbird; The New Frontier; On the Shore; Ships to Build; Cities by the Sea. 
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15 Golden, Harry. Our Southern Landsman.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1974). 
Signed by the Author. Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 254 pp. Very Good+, in a like, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: Golden tells the story of the first Jewish immigrants to the American South, and many famous names are encountered together with fascinating biographical and historical details. Here is the social, cultural, political, and military history of the American South in terms of the notable Jews who came there to escape persecution and privation. We read of their heroic deeds, their sacrifices -- their many contributions to the welfare of the land they adopted. The great names are all here -- Judah Benjamin, the Cone sisters, the Baruchs, the Strauses, the Lehmans, and nuerous others whose good works are knwon throughout the land. Today there are approximately 200,000 Jews in the nine Southern states. Golden describes their religious, business, and socia life in the large cities and in the many small towns where only two or three Jewish families reside, but where they share to a greater degree the organized life of the Christian community around them. Our Southern Landsman is a book embracing both history and biography and is as interesting as it is heartwarming. It concentrates on the human element in American Jewish history and is filled with insights into the Jewish way of life, Southern style. 
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16 Grain, Jim and Terry Milne. Camping Around the Appalachian Mountains, Including the Blue Ridge and Great Smokies: Outdoor Exploring in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
Random House/Bookworks, 1975. First Edition, First Printing, As Stated. 
Quarto, softbound (stiff grey illus. wrappers), 94 pp. Very Good+, with former owner stamp. From lower cover: Camping Maps show exactly how to reach campgrounds; YEar-Round Camping highlights off-season sites and calendars activities; CAmping Tips give sources of free maps and money-saving permits, how to beat the gas shortage; Escape Routes give keys to topo maps, wilderness areas and trails; Camping Index invites you to the diverse attractions of campgrounds. 
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17 Harris, Eddy L. South of Haunted Dreams: A Ride through Slavery's Old Back Yard.
new York: Simon and Schuster, (1993). Advance Uncorrected Reader's Proof. 
Octavo, paperbound (stiff yellow, illus. wrappers), 254 pp. Very Good, with light soiling to wrappers. From foreword: The Deep South holds a special grip on the heart of every American black: as a spiritual home it is loved, but as the cradle of our haunting heritage of oppression, it is hated. It is at once a land of family memory and bitter nightmare. This essential contradition makes the South fertile soil for a writer of Eddy Harris's gifts... Now in this, his most personal journey, he seeks the heart of our nation's racial character in that patch of geography where it all began. On a motorcylce, with little more than the clothes on his back, Harris sets out to find what it means to be black or white in the American South. From sleepy hamlets to urban centers, from elegant homes to park benches, meeting young and old, rich and poor, in both chance encounters and in his search for his own great-great-grandfather's traces, this is a quest like no other. What he finds a tht end of it is surprising. This is travel literature at its best -- keenly observed, superbly written, and alive to the spirit of the South and the men and women who consider it home. 
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18 House, Ray. A Handful of Stars!
Louisville, Kentucky: Touchstone Publishing Company, (1970). 
Signed by the Author. Octavo, hunter green leatherette (hardcover), gilt letters, 315 pp. Near-Fine in a Very Good dust jacket with light edgewear. From dust jacket: A coal miner in the damp and dark thinking of God in His heavens -- with His sun and moon and a myriad of stars -- reaches out for a share of happiness, tries to bargain with God. God if You wish for our love/Fling us a handful of stars. A Handful of Stars is the story of Appalachia -- its people, their fueds, their poverty, their pride, their family loyalty, their pitifully stripmined land, their sense of history, their folkways and superstitions. More importantly, it is the story of a young man from the hills who discovers himself while reconstructing his past. 
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19 Ingraham, Professor J. H., of Mississippi. The Sunny South; Or, The Southerner at Home, Embracing Five Years' Experience of a Northern Governess in the Land of the Sugar and the Cotton. Edited by Professor J. H. Ingraham, of Mississippi.
New York: Negro Universities Press, (1968). Reprint of the 1860 edition. 
Octavo, brown cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 526 pp. Fine. From Preface: As most of the Letters embraced in this volume were written for the Editor of the late American Courier, and appeared therein, from time to time, the writer therof has not seen fit to alter the local allusions, the style of address in the Letters, or the appellation of Needles, by which they were originally designated. As these Letters were commenced, and many of them published before Mrs. Stowe's Uncle Tom was written, its pictures of South-western life have no reference to that work nor were influenced by it. These epistles are not replies to any attacks on the South, but a simple representation of Southern life, as viewed by an intelligent Northerner, whose opinions are frankly and fearlessly given. The object of this work is to do justice to the Southern planter, and, at the same time, afford information in an agreeable form to the Northerner; and if these objects are obtained in any degree, the writer, inc consenting to its publication as a volume, will be fully rewarded. One important fact ought not to be overlooked, which is, that ninety-nine out of every hundred of the governesses, tutors, professional men, and others, who flock to the South, ten thousand a year, for the improvement of their fortunes remain, (the young ladies, if they can obtain Southern husbands) and identify themselves fully with the Southern Institutions... 
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20 Kane, Harnett T.; with Inez Henry. Miracle in the Mountains.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1956. 
First Edition. Signed by both Harnett Kane and Inez Henry. Octavo, tan cloth, uncut, 320 pp. Very Good. Endpapers illus. with b & w photos. Full-length biography of Martha Berry, founder of the Berry schools in Georgia. 
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