New. No Jacket. Private Press. 5.5" x 8.5" A history of Douglas County KS, may sound rather ho-hum--until you learn that "Lawrence" is the County Seat. Lawrence, Kansas--suddenly images of old Western films and Quantrill's Raiders flash across the mind. Similar images also flash across the pages of this 269-page book, reproduced from Richard Cordley's 1895 first hand account A History of Lawrence, Kansas from the First Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion. Amazingly detailed and well-written, the book is a rich source of data for Civil War buffs, genealogical info for those with Douglas County ties, and insights into American history in general and Kansas history in particular. This new spiral bound book is printed on 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 60# bond paper with the front cover protected with a vinyl sheet. Since the original book was darkened with age the print is a little light. The sufferings of these first Kansas pioneers rival those of the pioneers who founded Jamestown and Plymouth--but for different reasons. Hoping to prevent the spread of slavery into Kansas after passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, many of these settlers left the comforts of their northeastern homes to live on a prairie beset with hardships and ruffians, in order to cast their votes for freedom. But pro-slavery factions had other ideas. This book covers an unusual part of American history. Often skimmed over in text books, it is more often found in the movies, where fact is mingled with fiction. But here we have a true account, an account stranger than fiction--peace-loving citizens, rigged elections, corrupt officials, heroes and villians, wild speculations, underground governments, escaped slaves, a young Jesse James, and an old John Brown. All leading up to the actual raid itself--vividly woven memories of the author and other survivors bring to life brutal murders, unwarranted cruelty, helpless onlookers, and narrow escapes as the bushwackers go door to door, street by street, looting, killing and burning. There's a lesson to be learned about letting your guard down, and another about the determination to survive. There are several pictures and drawings of early Lawrence (some better than others), and individual pictures of some of the early residents: Rev. Richard Cordley, Amos Lawrence, Gen. James Lane, Wilson Shannon, Charles Robinson, Sam Walker, Abram Wilder, Oliver Barber, Lyman Allen, Wesley Duncan, Col. James Blood, A.D. Searle, George W. Collamore, Dr. Alonzo Fuller, D.W. Woodward, Paul Brooks, J.G. Sands, Robert Frazer, Gen. George Deitzler, Col. O.E. Learnard, Major Edmund Ross, Col. John Rankin, Edmund Whitman, Franklin Haskell, Samuel Reynolds, John Ross, George Leis, Thaddeus Prentice, George Hutchinson, John Shimmons, John Haskell, Dudley Haskell, Frank Bailey, Charles Smith, R.C. Dix, E.A. Smith, Rev. John S. Brown, C.S. Duncan, Gurdon Grovenor, James Horton, Mrs. O.E. Learnard, Mrs. R. Cordley, Mrs. H.M. Simpson, Mrs. Charles Robinson, Mrs. Sarah Mack-Pinkston, Mrs. Sam Walker, Mrs. S.B. Prentiss, Mrs. O.A. Hanscom, Mary Brooks, Sarah Brown, Lizzie French, Lucy Woodward, Dr. J. F. Griswold, H.W. Baker, Josiah Trask, S.M. Thorpe, William Crutchfield, John L. Crane, O.A. Hanscom, George Ford, Forest Savage, Joseph Riggs, Samuel Kimball, Joseph Savage, R.W. Ludington, P.D. Ridenour, Fred Read, Col. S. W. Eldridge, George Smith, H. M. Simpson, Samuel Riggs, James Emery, Dr. S. B. Prentiss, Dr. Albert Newman, Lathrop Bullene, Charles Edwards, Rev. S. V. Lum, Rev. William Bishop, Rev. Charles Reynolds, Robert Elliott, T. Dwight Thacher, Josiah Miller, J.B. Abbott, John Speer, and William Phillips.
Slightly cocked, first few leaves [including the frontispiece] are separated, and a little browned throughout else a very good copy in original brownish cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine and cover.
Good. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Text unmarked. Back hinge cracked, but binding still secure. Black & white photographs. Minor dampstain to text, covers unaffected. Boards lightly bumped and shelf worn at corners, edges and spine ends. Long mark on rear board. Reprint of 1895 edition with index to names and places as an added feature. Quantity Available: 1. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 117555.
Very Good. No Dust Jacket. Hard cover bound in gray cloth with black lettering, 269 pages followed by 7 pages of index. Facsimile printing of the 1895 original. Clean and attractive copy with VERY light wear, previous owner's embossed stamp on lower corner of front free end paper. Images available. USPS confirmation used on all U.S. shipments.
Small ink presentation on front free end sheet else very good clean tight condition without dust jacket. This edition is a 1976 Walsworth reprint of the 1895 edition with a new index of names and places not found in the original.
Fair Condition. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Text unmarked. Front and rear hinges cracked, but binding still secure. Sunning to spine. Pages tanned. Portrait frontispiece. Previous owner's name and information on front free endpage. Black & white photographs and illustrations. Boards bumped and worn at corners, edges and spine ends. Fraying and chipping to spine ends. Boards soiled. Preface pages detached as a whole from binding but laid iin. Middle spine cracked with slightly loose binding. Quantity Available: 1. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 149581.
Very Good- No Jacket. 8vo. 296 pages. Blind stamped cloth covers show a little rubbing along edges, and at spine ends and corners. There are a few fairly light scuffs and very small spots on cloth, there is is some very slight discoloration near the top of the front cover. Gilt lettering remains bright on front cover and spine. Contents show light age toning. Volume remains tight and is otherwise clean, being free of markings, book plates, etc. Despite the relatively minor faults, this remains a very nice copy of an increasingly scarce city history.
Good Condition. No Dust Jacket. Signed. Inscribed by Author. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Number written on spine tail. Spine slightly cocked. Back hinge cracked, but binding still secure. Pages lightly tanned. Portrait frontispiece. Black & white photographs. Stamp on title page and on rear endpage. Boards bumped at corners, edges, and spine ends. Library bookplate on front board. Security sticker and partially removed bookplate on front pastedown. Gift inscription and signature by author on front free endpage. Library stamp and writing in pencil on front free endpage. Quantity Available: 1. Inscribed by Author. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 145473.
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