Title: A History of Illinois from the Commencement ...
Publisher: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1945 and 1946
Publication Date: 1946
These volumes are nos. 43 and 44 in the annual Christmas publications issued by R.R. Donnelley and Sons as a gift for employees and stockholders and unavailable for sale except in the secondary market. The series republishes historical American works that are virtually unknown or rare in the original. This is the first (and only?) two-volume edition in the history of the Lakeside Classics. The Publisher's Preface says that this "history" also is a "personal relation of the author's life as a politician in a pioneer state developing by the cut and try method." Among other positions, Ford was on the state Supreme Court before serving as governor from 1842-1846. (The preface also comments on recent war issues, a strike, and the company's hope that henceforth its employees will have "freedom to join or not join a union as they desire can be maintained for many years.") Ford wrote his book in 1847 and it was published in 1854, four years after his death. Sales of the book were "disappointing." Vol. I: 374 p. Major topics in this volume are the achievement of statehood, early development of the state, the Black Hawk War, the "internal improvement era," and judicial and financial issues. Vol. II: 371 p. Among the topics are civil and religious discord, financial ills, crime and violence in Massac County (counterfeiters, horse thieves, robbers, murder), the Mormons in Illinois, and the canal problem. Both volumes are maroon with gilt titles and decorations and gilt top edges; both have tables of contents, footnotes, indexes, and a presentation card of Mr. Thomas Donnelle (president, son of the founder, and originator of the Lakeside Classics) of the company, laid in. Both have some browning of the endpapers due to th paste used in binding. Vol. I is near fine, with bright gilt except for slight dulling at the foot of the spine; there is a small wrinkle at the foot of the spine, seemingly a binding error. It contains one large and one small fold-out map, a frontispiece portrait of Ford, a portrait of his wife, Frances Hambaugh Ford, and a photo of the Hambaugh house in Versailles, where the Fords lived for some years and where the book was written. Vol. II: Interior is fine; gilt is dull on lower spine; water damage on the upper outside of front and back corners, with bleed-through of the red dye of the binding to several pages at each end of the book. This volume contains a photograph of the Mormon Temple at Nauvoo. Price is for the set. Bookseller Inventory # 050715LC
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