Author's narratives of history and growing up in the South Carolina upcountry named the "Ninety-Six District." New York: Alfred Knopf, 1942.
First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Red cloth hardcover with design on the front cover and title and design on the spine. Illustrated color dust jacket. , 296 pages, . Stated first edition with price of 2.50 on the front inner dust jacket flap. Top edge shaded dark red. Stated first edition. Presentation inscription written in pen on the right front flyleaf - "Merry Christmas to our Nancy! Maybe you'll read my Scribbling to the author. Monroe [Monroe Fulkerson Cockrell] 1947." Below the inscription is a circle post office purple stamp "Sep. 20 1947 Charlottesville University Sta." Monroe Cockrell was a historian and genealogist. He wrote and researched on the Civil War. Laid inside the front cover is a stapled 9 page typed review of the book addressed to the author Ben Robertson. Cockrell signed his review notes on page 9. There is an extra blank page following page 9. An inscription written top left corner of the title page for the review reads - "Nancy C. O'Reilly Here is what your Dad thought about it." On page 140 Cockrell made a text correction in hand concerning the "Old 97" train wreck in Danville, Virginia not in the stated town of New Market. A 1947 news clipping from the Danville Register about the "Old 97" train wreck is pasted down on the verso of the second blank rear end paper. Unfortunately Ben Robertson had been dead over 4 years prior to Monroe Cockrell's typed manuscript review. An addendum note was added to the typescript on the after the notes were returned. Cockrell states: "I did not know of Mr. Robertson's death until Mrs. Graham Tull wrote me on July 20, 1947. Eventually I found that my letter had been sent to his sister Mrs. Julian Longley, Dalton, Ga. On August 21, 1947, she returned it and wrote "that her brother had been killed in the crash of the Yankee Clipper at Lisbon, Portugal, on February 22, 1943, while returning to the front after a few weeks at home in Clemson, South Carolina. - M.F.C." Very good / very good. Item #25413
Ben Robertson's first book titled "Travelers Rest" was written in 1938. It is a novel based on his ancestry and South Carolina heritage.
Benjamin Franklin Robertson Jr. (June 22, 1903 ? February 22, 1943) was an American author, journalist and World War II war correspondent. He is best known for his renowned Southern memoir Red Hills and Cotton: An Upcountry Memory, first published in 1942 and still in print. A native of Clemson, South Carolina, a horticulture graduate of Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, class of 1923, and writer for The Tiger, the college student newspaper. He was an honorary member of Gamma Alpha Mu local writers fraternity. He died in 1943 in a plane crash in Portugal. The SS Ben Robertson, launched in Savannah, Georgia in 1944, was named for him..