Blue-Grass and Rhododendron: Outdoors in Old Kentucky by John Fox Jr, 1901 first edition.


Written by John Fox, Jr. Multiple illustrators. First edition, 1901. Charles Scribner's Sons.

"In Kentucky, the hunting of the red fox antedates the war but little. The old Kentucky fox-hound was of every color, loose in build, with open feet and a cowhide tail. He had a good nose, and he was slow, but he was fast enough for the gray fox and the deer. Somewhere about 1855 the fox-hunters discovered that their hounds were chasing something they could not catch."

John Fox Jr. (1862 - 1919), born in Kentucky, was a journalist, novelist, and short story writer. His education at Harvard University laid the foundation for his literary career, which began with his work as a reporter in New York City. Fox's experiences as a war correspondent during the Spanish–American War - he served with the Rough Riders - and the Russo-Japanese War were woven into his fiction. His novels often depicted the vibrant life and complex social dynamics of Kentucky's Bluegrass region and the Appalachian Mountains. Blue-Grass and Rhododendron: Outdoors in Old Kentucky, published in 1901, is a collection of essays that offers a vivid portrayal of the customs and characters of southern Appalachia. Fox's works, including The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, achieved significant acclaim, the latter on the New York Times top ten list of bestselling novels for several years.
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Condition: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Gilt-lettered brown cloth covers with green, red, and gilt decoration: Light wear along lower edge; on the back, small area at upper edge where cloth is puckering, though no signs of moisture damage; lightly bumped at corners and head and tail of the spine. Top-edge gilt. Name of previous owner on front fly leaf, dated 1902. She left a few dried leaves as bookmarks. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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