REMINISCENCES OF CHARLESTON, LATELY PUBLISHED IN THE CHARLESTON COURIER, AND NOW REVISED AND ENLARGED BY THE AUTHOR.
Charleston: John Russell, 1854. Original cloth [chipped and worn along the spine]. Bookplate on front pastedown of Richard Dixon Ward. 119, [1 blank] pp. Foxed. Good or so.
Fraser [1782-1860] was "One of South Carolina's most distinguished native artists, Charles Fraser achieved national and international recognition as a miniature portraitist during his lifetime. He was born on August 20, 1782, in Charleston, the son of Alexander Fraser and Mary Grimke. Essentially self-taught, Fraser received early encouragement from his boyhood friend and contemporary Thomas Sully, with whom he shared a love of the theater. Fraser's only known formal training was at the age of thirteen with the engraver and painter Thomas Coram, who had opened a drawing school in 1784" [South Carolina Encyclopedia].
One of Charleston's best-known citizens, he presents here a word picture of his beloved city.
FIRST EDITION. Howes F340. Sabin 25675. III Turnbull 183. Item #39128