First edition. 8vo. Maroon cloth, titles stamped in gold on the spine, pictorial endpapers, x, 355 pp., illustrated, map, acknowledgments, bibliography, index. Illustrated by Aaron Bohrod. Eleventh volume in the "Rivers of America" series. 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 price-clipped dust jacket with minor wear to spine ends.
Inventory Number: 27944