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Wilderness Homesteaders

Ethel Kavanaugh

Published by The Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Idaho, 1950
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Wilderness Homesteaders by Ethel Kavanaugh was published by The Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Idaho, in 1950. This 64-year-old, 6" X 9", 303-page, thought-to-be First Edition offering is an ex-library copy in G- condition. I'm guessing that this immensely entertaining narrative has been handled by a huge number of readers, young and old, over its 64 odd years, and its somewhat worn countenance confirms my suspicions. There are of course some of the standard library markings in evidence, and modest yellowing of endpapers(which, by the way, show two maps of the area of Alaska traversed by the author/her daughter, Dot) and pages of text. Spotty, light foxing is observed in the margins of a goodly number of pages. Some separation is seen between page 156 and the first of a section of 64 pages of black and white photographs that so beautifully complement the equally beautiful text--straightforward, unapologetic, yet spiritually uplifting, all at the same time(this volume employs the STRING-TYPE METHOD OF BINDING, by the way). The book's spine shows spotty tearing/separation in places--as I say, this offering has been enjoyed by many, no doubt. Noticeable shelf wear exists along vertical/bottom edges of both cover boards as well as at the four outer tips of same. From inside flap of AWOL(?) dust jacket attached to blank page following front loose end page, "Wilderness Homesteaders is a startling book, a book without precedent, for it is the first true story, which has been published, of modern pioneer women who homesteaded in virgin territory without the assistance of men. Rome wasn't built in a day, nor was their homestead liveable the year round for several years. They had to work in canneries and offices to earn money for equipment, and for a team and wagon. They had to make their own road, cut down logs, build their own snug cabin, and make long trips in freezing weather to haul in supplies. From beginning to end, this is a book to read with unabated interest, to jog memories of your own dreams and kindle your admiration for these two women who made their dreams come true." There are close to 130 black and white photos within the 64-page block of pictures located between pages 156-157. Also included are a Table of Contents and List of Illustrations. Look past the fact that this is a well-used book, and consider instead what is more important--the nature and impact of Ethel and Dot Kavanaugh's common dream realized/accomplished. And, of the wonderful skill with which Mrs. Kavanaugh guides you through their real-life adventure.Thank you!!. Bookseller Inventory # 007049

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Title: Wilderness Homesteaders

Publisher: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., Caldwell, Idaho

Publication Date: 1950

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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