Title: A True Picture of Emigration, or Fourteen ...
Publisher: Chicago: Lakeside Classics, R.R. Donnelly & Sons, Christmas
Publication Date: 1936
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
xxxi and 167 p. This is No. 48 in the Lakeside Classic series. R.R. Donnelly published a reprint of a classic historical work each year, in a fine edition. The books were given as gifts to Donnelly employees and have never been available for sale except in the secondary market. In good condition, they are highly prized and a set of several them is a beautiful addition to a library. Each book contains a Publisher’s Preface that gives background on the selection and publication of the book and sometimes on the status of the company, established in 1864 and now the world’s largest publisher. This is only the third book in the series that was written by a woman, in this case by a woman who, with her husband, John, and three [or five?] children, emigrated from their home near Leeds, England, "to settle in the wilds of Western Illinois." Her story was first published anonymously in England in 1848, and after some success was republished on 1856 or 1857 under a new title and credited to Edward Burlend. Edward was a son who remained in England; he was a schoolmaster and minor author and poet and probably helped his uneducated mother polish her story. The Burlends led a hard life in Illinois (according to the publisher and the editor, they were not "spoon-fed" or "coddled" by the government as, apparently, settlers were later), and ultimately made a success in farming. A number of others from the Leeds area are said to have followed the Burlends' example and resettled in Illinois or other western states. Red cloth hardcover with gilt decorations and titles, top edges gilt, with somedulling of gilt on spine and top edges; corners sharp, binding firm, the book is clean and solid. Frontispieces of Rebecca and John Burlend, with tissue protectors; historical introduction, index, list of Lakeside Classic titles. Bookseller Inventory # LC34
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