I, 272pp, illustrated with several drawings and photographs including a portrait of the author, a scene of outlaw John Murrell coaching his moonshiners, counter-feiters, horsethieves, and Negro-thieves in the bluffs near the Seven Caves of which Bixby Cave was the main one, a view of the cave at Cave-in-Rock, the Tree of Entwined Hearts, the Shawneetown Bank, Doctor Anna at her Summer bake oven, and Judge Elihu Oxford gathering sap from sugar maple trees on a snowy February morning, dark red cloth with gilt lettering at cover and spine, color a little uneven from old water-staining, mostly noted at rear board when held just-so in the light, spine damaged modestly from what appears to have been silverfish, front and rear pastedowns and first endpapers water-stained and stained pink as noted in picture from covers bleeding, a couple dark spots are noted at fore edge, text is otherwise clean and bright. A presentable copy. Research indicates the author's original unpublished manuscript, Anna's War Against River Pirates and Cave Bandits of John A. Murrell's Northern Dive, now apparently housed in the Southern Illinois University Rare Book Collections (Southeastern Illinois College), according to Wikipedia, was revised and published by the author in verse form as the present title. From the author's foreword, "Ballads From The Bluffs is not fiction; neither is it strictly history for that deals in dry general events, leaving out the love, folklore, adventures, and every-day life, just such things as we desire to read and know. 'Doctor Anna,' the heroine of the Ozarks, wrote the most wonderful diary I ever saw. It had more than a thousand sheets, which she neatly handstitched and bound in leather covers. In his boyhood days the writer eagerly read and re-read her pioneer history. He was born in the bluffs near the Ohio River, where the history of this 'West Country' was also born. Here he listened to those thrilling stories from childhood 'til he knew them by heart. So Ballads From The Bluffs is a romance, told as it was told to me by truthful pioneers. I first wrote these stories in a prose discourse. A number of fellow teachers and university scholars read and advised me to publish my manuscript. Then the war came on when paper could not be had. While waiting I thought over what I had written, and began to believe that such sterling events could not be written at their best in prose; that hopes so high, love so deep, characters so valiant were worth a place in literature that might live to inspire others to virtue and patriotism. Hence I gave my days and nights to writing Ballads From The Bluffs in a poem of easily flowing verse." Very scarce, with Worldcat / OCLC locating 12 copies. This copy is signed beneath the author's portrait, "E. N. Hall," presumably the author although we have been unable to find a verified example of his autograph with which to compare. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Ballads From The Bluffs
Publication Date: 1948
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition
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