[Belleville,] Illinois: [Printed by B.H. Perryman and H.L. Davison], 1855.
First edition. Frontispiece portrait, with contents bound at end. 600, xxiii pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Later crushed brown morocco decorated in gilt, moire endpapers, all edges gilt, original cloth spine and sides mounted in the rear. Provenance Bauer Sale, 1958 ($100) Byrd 2343; Buck 57; Clark II:57; Flake 7122; Graff 3479; Howes R236 ("b"); Sabin 70420; Streeter Sale 1510. Item #314351
“Best picture of Illinois pioneer life” (Howes). "The book deals extensively with social, economic, and political conditions in the pioneer period and with the Black Hawk War... a good picture of frontier society" (Buck). Also contains several chapters on Mormonism, including its history, belief system, and Joseph Smith's death. Howes states that "of 400 copies printed, 300 burned in the first Chicago fire while stored with D.B. Cooke in 1857. Reynolds was governor of Illinois.
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