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Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Personal Narrative of Charles Larpenteur 1833-1872

By LARPENTEUR, Charles

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 1933. Hardcover. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. 16mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, rules and decoration. xxiii, 388pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, foldout map. Near fine. Tight, handsome 31st volume in the annual "Lakeside Classics" series of Americana reprints. First of this edition of an account first published by a New York bookseller in 1892.

$40.00

A True Picture of Emigration

By BURLEND, Rebecca

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 1936. Hardcover. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. 16mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, rules and decoration. xxxi, 167pp, (1p ad). Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, two tissue-guarded illustrations, small foldout map. Very good. Spine quite faintly sunned; internally tight and near fine. Tight, handsome 34th volume in the annual "Lakeside Classics" series of Americana reprints. First of this edition of a noted chronicle of a British family's move to frontier illinois, first published anonymously in London in 1848 -- originally subtitled "Fourteen Years in the Interior of North America; Being a Full and Impartial Account of the Various Difficulties and Ultimate Success of an English Family Who Emigrated from Barwick-in-Elmet, Near Leeds, in the Year 1831."

$35.00

The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again

By NOWLIN, William

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 1937. Hardcover. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. 16mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, rules and decoration. xxxvi, 342pp, (1p ad). Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, illustrations, 2 maps. Very good. Faintest of mild binding wear; internally tight and near fine. Tight, handsome 35th volume in the annual "Lakeside Classics" series of Americana reprints. First of this edition of a noted chronicle of life in Michigan in 1834, first published in Detroit in 1876 -- "Being a Graphic and Thrilling Description of Real Pioneer Life in the Wilderness of Michigan."

$35.00

Wau-Bun: The "Early Day" in the North-West

By KINZIE, Mrs. John H.

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 1932. Hardcover. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. 16mo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering, rules and decoration. liv, 609pp. Top edge gilt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, illustration. Very good. Faintest of binding wear only. Tight and bright 30th volume in the annual "Lakeside Classics" series of Americana reprints, keepsakes produced for customers and employees. Laid in is a soiled "With the Compliments of the Season" calling card of Donnelley president Thomas E. Donnelley. First of this edition, the true first edition being published in 1856.

$40.00

A Memorial: William E. Hinchliff, 1857-1921

By HINCHLIFF, Emerson, et al (editors)

N.p.: N.p., 1927. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 117pp. Tissue-guarded heavy stock illustrations. Fine. A bright, tight first edition of this privately published tribute to this significant Rockford industrialist, founder of Burson Manufacturing Company -- a "book of remembrances of William E. Hinchliff for you, his grandchildren," notes the foreword. Heavy stock 3¼" X 2½" calling card of "Mrs. William E. Hinchliff" (Harriet Emerson Hinchliff) tipped to front flyleaf. Superb copy of this scarce title, privately published in a small quantity for distribution to family and friends.

$75.00

Centennial Observance: Friday, November 21, 1958

By (MINER'S LODGE / GALENA, ILLINOIS)

Galena, IL: Miner's Lodge No. 273, 1958. Paperback. 16mo. Stiff gold wrappers with blue lettering and device. 16pp. Near fine. Super tight and handsome sole printing of this early Galena masonic lodge that (to cite title page) "covers... a complete history, review of statistics, list of Past Members, membership roster and Centennial Day activities." It really began in the 1820s but not officially until 1858 and its first Worshipful Master was one of Galena's nine famed Civil War generals, the Seneca Indian Ely S. Parker. Among other notable members included Generals John Corson Smith, Williram R. Rawley and John A. Rawlins. Uncommon.

$25.00

Illinois: A Descriptive and Historical Guide
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Illinois: A Descriptive and Historical Guide

By (ILLINOIS / FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT / WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION)

Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co, 1947. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. xxii, 707pp. Illustrations, maps, map front endpaper, folding map in rear pocket. Near fine. Top page edges a tad spotted, else tight, clean and lovely. Quite tight and handsome "Revised with additions in 1946" printing of this state guide from the noted "American Guide Series" that was (to cite title page) "Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration...." Still an outstanding guide book, and the laid-in folding map is exceptionally attractive.

$65.00

A History of the Indiana Historical Society 1830-1980
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A History of the Indiana Historical Society 1830-1980

By RUEGAMER, Lana

Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1980. Hardcover. Small 4to. Burgundy calf rear board and spine with white spine lettering and ivory linen over front board with burgundy lettering. ix, 383pp. Numerous illustrations. Fine. A tight and most handsome first edition of this sturdy production with its unusual calf AND rear board in calf.

$50.00

Documentary History of Vandalia, Illinois: The State Capital of Illinois from 1819 to 1839
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Documentary History of Vandalia, Illinois: The State Capital of Illinois from 1819 to 1839

By BURTSCHI, Joseph C. (compiler)

Vandalia, IL: The Chamber of Commerce of Vandalia, 1954. Hardcover. Small 4to. Full green leatherette with embossed gilt lettering and pictorial stamping, pictorial presentation box. Fine/very good. Green glossy pictorial paper over boards box lid slightly spotted, but both halves present, unbroken and tight. A lovely first edition of this keepsake created for the annual meeting of the Illinois State Historical Society, each member of which was presented with a souvenir copy with their name inked in (here John G. Oien, born 1887, noted Chicago area Lincoln scholar and officer of the ISHS). Very uncommon and seldom seen in the nifty presentation box.

$75.00

Galena: Hidden Treasure

By SCHOENHARD, Carl B., Jr.

Galena, IL: Carl B. Schoenhard, Jr., 1988. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 78pp. Numerous color illustrations, charts, maps. Near fine. Tight, attractive first edition of this brief history of the northwest Illinois lead mining community, with much geological data. Nicely signed and inscribed by the author in black fineline on front flyleaf: "Best wishes from Carl B. Schoenhard, Jr / 12-22-88."

$25.00

The Building of Galena: An Architectural Legacy

By JOHNSON, Carl H., Jr.

Galena: Carl H. Johnson Jr., 1977. Hardcover. Edited by Sandra J. Hirstein. Illustrations by Carl Johnson. Wide 8vo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial gilt. x, 189pp. Numerous illustrations (many color), pictorial endpapers. Near fine. Second printing (after a first edition limited to 500 signed, numbered copies), boldly signed by Johnson in black fineline on title page. A tight, near pristine copy of this in-depth, well-illustrated architectural study of this historic northwestern Illinois city.

$40.00

Neighbors: A Forty-Year Portrait of an American Farm Community
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Neighbors: A Forty-Year Portrait of an American Farm Community

By LIEBERMAN, Archie (photographer)

New York: CollinsPublishers, 1993. Hardcover. 4to. Black cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 157pp. Extensive illustrations. Fine/fine. A handsome and tight first edition of this sequel to Lieberman's 1974 classic "Farm Boy," being a pictorial record of a farming family in northwest Illinois. Lieberman boldly pens "To Bud & Joan -- / wiith best wishes / Archie Lieberman / 11-6-93" in black fineline on an inner flyleaf. This superb copy is accompanied by a near fine 19 3/4" X 24½" black and white poster for this title issued by CollinsPublishers in 1993 -- being the same portrait of farmer Bill Hammer Jr. featured on the jacket's front cover. In a lightish area just left of center, Liberman signs large in black marker, dating it "1-17-99." A classic Illinois photography title from the late great Illinois photog (1926-2008) and an uncommon poster issued in a modest quantity -- never seen signed. (Poster will be mailed separately.).

$95.00

Grand Traverse: The Civil War Era

By MITCHELL, John C.

Suttons Bay, MI: Suttons Bay Publications, 2011. Hardcover. Small 4to. Beige paper over boards with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. vii, 344pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. Superbly tight copy of the Civil War impacted this Michigan city, boldly signed and inscribed by the author in black ballpoint on the title page: "All the best to / Dan / John C. Mitchell / 8/2/2013."

$30.00

The Coterian Retreat: Growing Up in Hamilton, Ohio

By SIMER, Timothy S.

New York: Vantage Press, 2005. Hardcover. Small 4to. Full blue leatherette with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 278pp. Illustrations. Fine/near fine. Pristine first edition of this humorous memoir about growing up in a small industrial town in southwest Ohio in the '60s and '70s -- nicely inscribed and signed by the author in black fineline on the front flyleaf: "8/15/05 / To Judi: / Hope you enjoy. / Timothy Simer."

$30.00

Galena Guide
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Galena Guide

By (WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION -- Galena, Illinois)

[Galena]: City of Galena, 1937. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff blue pictorial wrappers. 79pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, linoleum-block engravings, small color foldout map at rear. Very good. Faintest of wear to outer wrappers and bit and faint foxing to rear flyleaf - internally tight and near fine. A sharp first edition of this Federal Writers' Project city guide, written largely and anonymously by a then-obscure starving young artist named Nelson Algren (1909-81), who went on to far greater fame as the "Poet of the Chicago Slums," author of "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1949) and other classic Chicago fiction. One of the most desirable of the WPA city guides. The Richard Delson plates are simple but striking and powerful; the often-absent color map at rear is bright and handsome. For what it's worth, the building visible at left foreground of the frontispiece was the first location of yours truly (Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts). A superb copy. DYKES 81.

$95.00

Four Wisconsin Counties: Prairie and Forest

By SCHAFER, Joseph

Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1927. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. vii, 429pp. Frontispiece map, map, charts. Very good. Internally tight and near fine, with the mildest of binding edgewear only and giltstamping bright. Handsome first edition of General Studies Volume II of the Wisconsin Domesday Book.

$25.00

Bloody Williamson: A Chapter in American Lawlessness
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Bloody Williamson: A Chapter in American Lawlessness

By ANGLE, Paul M.

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 300pp, xiv. 4 maps. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with jacket spine a bit sunned. Tight, attractive nice later (4th) printing of this 1952 study, described on front jacket panel as "A shocking and hair-raising story of unparalleled violence and disorder" that occurred near Herrin in southern Illinois in 1922. This copy bears interesting autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is an Autograph Note Signed from Angle, 1p, 8¼" X 11", n.p., n.y. Very good. Two-punched at top; original mailing folds. At the bottom of an original typescript for a Chicago Civil War Round Table announcement presumably prepared by Angle (giving place/date and agenda -- "Presentation of the David H. Annan Library of the Civil War"), he boldly pencils a note to Abraham Lincoln Book Shop founder Ralph G. Newman (1912-98), who co-founded this first-in-the-country Round Table: "Ralph -- / Make any changes you wish / on this. / Paul." Tipped to an inner flyleaf is Newman's 1984-85 membership card for the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table.

$65.00

Tales of an Old "Border Town" and Along the Kankakee: A Collection of Historical Facts and Intimate Personal Sketches of the Days of the Pioneers in Momence, Illinois, and the Hunting Grounds of the Kankakee Marsh and "Bogus Island."
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Tales of an Old "Border Town" and Along the Kankakee: A Collection of Historical Facts and Intimate Personal Sketches of the Days of the Pioneers in Momence, Illinois, and the Hunting Grounds of the Kankakee Marsh and "Bogus Island."

By BURROUGHS, Burt E.

Fowler, IN: The Benton Review Shop, 1925. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Red cloth with gilt lettering. x, 314pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Faint binding edgewear. Tight, attractive first edition of this reminiscence about this northeast Illinois city and county. Lovely copy of a very uncommon title. Tipped neatly to rear endpaper is a 1934 obituary of Burroughs. SIX-GUNS 339.

$100.00

A Memorial: William E. Hinchliff, 1857-1921
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A Memorial: William E. Hinchliff, 1857-1921

By HINCHLIFF, Emerson, et al (editors)

N.p.: N.p., 1927. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. 117pp. Tissue-guarded heavy stock illustrations. Fine. Superb and tight first edition of this privately published tribute to this significant Rockford industrialist, founder of Burson Manufacturing Company -- a "book of remembrances of William E. Hinchliff for you, his grandchildren," as the foreword notes. This choice copy belonged to the 17th and last of those grandchildren, whose names appear on a list preceding the foreword. In the year of this grandchild's birth, Hinchliff's widow boldly inscribes the front flyleaf in blue ink to "Georgeanna Biddle Hinchliff / With love from / Grandmother Hinchliff / December 31st 1928." Harriet Emerson Hinchliff's tissue-guarded image is among this volume's illustrations. An outstanding association copy of a scarce title clearly produced in a small quantity.

$100.00

The Banditti of the Prairies or, The Murderer's Doom!! A Tale of the Mississippi Valley

By BONNEY, Edward

Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963. Hardcover. Introduction by Philip D. Jordan. Small 8vo. Brown marbled paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxv, 262pp. 5 illustrations. Near fine/very good. Couple of spots to page edges; ownership name/address inkstamped on front flyleaf; faint jacket edgewear. First of this edition -- the 23rd title in "The Western Frontier Library" series, tight and handsome. The 1850 Chicago true first edition of this sensational crime is one of the great classics -- and a great rarity in this edition.

$25.00

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