Publication: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, 1940, New York
First edition. 8vo. Eleventh book in the "Rivers of America" series. Maroon cloth, blue label on spine, gold stamping on spine panel, light blue top edges, decorated endpapers, x, 355 pp., illustrated, acknowledgments, bibliography, index. James Gray traces the saga of the Illinois River and the people of central Illinois. In vivid prose he depicts such famous figures as the French explorer Sieur de La Salle, circuit rider Peter Cartwright, abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy, and political leader Stephen A. Douglas. His chronicle of Illinois history also includes the Indian massacre at Starved Rock, life in the French villages of the Illinois Country, the struggles of the pioneers, steamboat days in Peoria, and the operation of modern towboats on the river. Fine in dust jacket, lightly rubbed at spine ends.
Inventory Number: 27822