The first and best known work of Joseph Glover Baldwin (1815-1864), "A burlesque description of pioneer life in Alabama and Mississippi as it appeared to a young lawyer who had recently arrived from Virginia." (Clark, Old South, 124.) No later dates or printings mentioned, nor any count of "thousands," so we believe this to be the first printing, complete with all four plates (at pp. 43, 98, 129, plus the frontispiece still tissue-protected), in the original blind-stamped brown or russet cloth, spine titles also faded to a blind-stamping, NOT water-damaged, minimal foxing, and so a volume that would otherwise grade "good" or slightly better, save that the binding has split in half at the midpoint (pp. 168-169), the book now held together by an (after-market) mylar outer wrapper only. Front board present but detached. A moderately hard-to-find piece of antebellum Americana, normally valued at a few hundred dollars in a first printing, offered here for considerably less as a prime candidate for re-binding. BAL 580. 330 pp, followed by 18 pp. publisher's advertisements, listing "The Works of John C. Calhoun" as now "in course of publication," that notice dated February 1, 1853, as well as Hugh Garland's "Life of John Randolph of Roanoke . . . Now Ready the Fifth Edition." The text pages reasonably attractive, but binding broken and therefore offered "as-is" as a binding copy. This book can only be read "in pieces." Please do not order this book and then complain that it's "falling apart." It done already fell apart.