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The Johnstown Flood

DIECK, Herman

Published by N.p., N.p., 1889
From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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Small 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt. 240pp. Illustrations, map. Very good. Quite minor bit of edgewear. Tight and attractive unknown edition (not ascertainable) of this bibliographically-challenged odd duck, which lists neither publisher nor city of publication nor year of publication -- but certainly published shortly after the May 31, 1889 catastrophe near central Pennsylvania. The subtitle tells it all: "A Thriving City of 30,000 Inhabitants and Many Great Industrial Establishments Nearly Wiped from Earth. Many Thousands Drowned or Burned to Death. Property Worth Many Millions of Dollars Destroyed. An Avalanche of Water Sweeps Down the Conemaugh Valley Destroying Everything in Its Descent. A Blockade of Wrecks of Houses, Timber, Etc., at the Railroad Bridge. Miraculous Escapes and Rescues; Whole Families Annihilated. The Wonderful Benevolence of the American People. Relief Organizations Everywhere. Money, Food, Clothing and Furniture Lavishly Contributed. General Hastings in Command in Johnstown." Ownership signature on front pastedown of noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-93) dated 7-17-37. Best of all is a unique autograph addition: Tipped to the front flyleaf is a pictorial 3" X 4" "From the Library of" bookplate signed in black ballpoint by FRANK SHOMO (1889-1997), who adds below his signature the infamous date of "2-20-1889." Shomo was one of the very last survivors of the flood, living to the ripe old age of 108. Signed in the 1990s but still with a firm hand. A choice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 33272

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Title: The Johnstown Flood

Publisher: N.p., N.p.

Publication Date: 1889

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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