First edition. 8vo. Dark blue cloth, titles stamped in gold on the spine, 464 pp., preface, acknowledgments, illustrated, maps, tables, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. Providing access to the West before the railroad's arrival, the steamboat and its ability to to navigate the most important river in the trans-Mississippi West, the Missouri and its navigable tributaries were instrumental in opening the continent.to settlement. Paul Hedren says, "William Lass has written an authoritative and comprehensive history of steamboating on the Missouri River, the likes of which simply does not exist." A bump to the lower portion of the cloth, but this is an as new, unread copy in dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 43974