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Columbus, Ohio: A Personal Geography

HUNKER, Henry L.

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ISBN 10: 0814208576 / ISBN 13: 9780814208571
Published by Ohio State University Press, Columbus, 2000
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Small 4to. Blue cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. ix, 220pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. A superbly tight and pristine first edition of this city history from a geographical perspective, boldly signed and inscribed by this notable academic (died 2009) in black ballpoint on the front flyleaf: "To Jennifer / Enjoy this 'personal' / geography! / Henry L Hunker.". Bookseller Inventory # 40611

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Title: Columbus, Ohio: A Personal Geography

Publisher: Ohio State University Press, Columbus

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This book is an account of post -- World War II Columbus from the perspective of a professional geographer and longtime resident of the city. Henry L. Hunker is well known for his work in urban geography at The Ohio State University. He has also been active in efforts to preserve the architectural heritage of Columbus.

Personal and anecdotal, the book serves as an informal documentary of the past fifty years, when Columbus grew to become the largest city in Ohio. Famous for his tours of the city, Hunker includes itineraries for two tours -- one in 1956, one in 1999 -- which he uses to compare the city then and now.

Included are eighteen photographs, mostly from Hunker's own collection, and there are four maps of the metropolitan area. These and the distinctive voice of the author provide a unique and authoritative view of the physical, economic, industrial, and cultural life of Columbus.

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