Title: Village Tales, or Recollections of By-Past ...
Publication Date: 1827
[POTTS, STACY G.]. Village Tales, or Recollections of By-Past Times. By Oliver Oakwood. Trenton: Joseph Justice, 1827. vii, , 10-252 p. Mid- nineteenth-century half sheep (rubbed, worn at extremities, but tight). Foxing and some browning. First and only edition in book form. A series of moral tales first published in the Trenton Emporium under the pseudonym "Oliver Oakwood." Stacy Gardiner Potts (1799-1865) was a Trenton journalist and co-founder of the Emporium. While working at the newspaper and writing these stories, he also read law, and in 1827 he was licensed as an attorney. Later he was elected clerk of the court of chancery, and in 1852 he became a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. This is only the second copy we have had for sale in forty years. We have examined a few other copies in institutions, and every copy is foxed, and all but one is in a mid-nineteenth-century binding. See Felcone, New Jersey Books, 1215, for Potts' own comments on his book. Shoemaker 30322; Wright I 2066. Bookseller Inventory # 9236
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