Title: Wau-bun: The "Early-DayS" in the North-West
Publisher: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Christmas
Publication Date: 1932
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
lxii, 690 p., dedication to the original publication, original title page, original preface. This is No. 30 in the Lakeside Classic series. R.R. Donnelley published a reprint of a classic historical work each year, in a fine edition. The books were given as gifts to Donnelley 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. The Publisher's Preface gives us the story of Richard Robert Donnelley's printing businesses in Chicago, leading by 1870 to the establishment of Lakeside Printing and Publishing Company. A new building was under construction when it was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire, but it was rebuilt. The company underwent a number of permutations until it became R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., the publisher of the Lakeside Classics. The preface also notes that the selection of Wau-bun was a deviation from the tradition of republishing works that were quite rare; Wau-bun had appeared in various editions since its original appearance in 1846. However, upon the occasion of the upcoming centennial anniversary of the founding of Chicago, it seemed appropriate to reprint an early and important work on Chicago and the Fort Dearborn Massacre. Quaife remarks in his lengthy Historical Introduction that it seems unlikely that any later historian will be able to replace Mrs. Kinzie's charming narrative with a "more correct and judicial concept," and that through her literary effort she has made John Kinzie "the Captain John Smith of Chicago history." An appendix publishes an excerpt from a letter written in 1832 by Thomas Forsythe; he had been Indian Agent to the Sauk and Foxes from 1819-1830, but was removed from the post by President Jackson. He gives background on the treatment of the Sauk and Fox by the U.S. government and the circumstances contributing to the Sauk War. Dark red cloth hard cover, gilt titles, top edges gilt; gilt border and decoration on the front cover is fine, but the gilt on the spine is faded and worn; the head of the spine has light wear and the foot is bumped. Includes frontispieces of Kinzie house and of a replica of Fort Dearborn, both with tissue protectors, and other illustrations, notes, index. Card of Mr. Thorne Donnelley enclosed. Bookseller Inventory # LC30
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