Title The History of Illinois [Joseph Smith]
Book Condition Fair
Edition 1st Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾
Publisher New York New World Press 1844
Seller ID 000217
New York: J. Winchester, New World Press, 1844. First edition. Measures 5-5/8" x 8-5/8" tall. 492 pp. + 10 pp. of advertisements. Full chapter contents section in front of book. Appendix with the Death of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and the Mississippi Flood. Full title: The History of Illinois, from its First Discovery and Settlement, to the Present Time. Includes previous owner's illustrated bookplate: notable Chicagoan Joseph T. Ryerson (of the Ryerson & Son Steel company). This is a very early and important history of the state and major cities, from their early settlement leading to the present (1840's). The Expedition to Vincennes, Tecumseh, Battle of Tippecanoe, War of 1812, Black Hawk War and Joseph Smith's death and the Mormons are discussed. Overall, fair condition, with flaws noted: Map missing. Previously rebound ex-library copy, with pastedowns on front board. Title page has Chicago Historical Society embossed stamp, as well as DD number and library shelving info on copyright page (pencil). Original board coverings removed and nicely remounted on rebound copy; blindstamping of front and back covers still noticeable. Board corners and edges bumped and rubbed. Head and tail of spine show a bit of chipping. Both outer boards show a bit of soiling from age. Some water staining to first few inner corner pages, as well as noticeable darker stain on front and rear covers. Internally, contents have some loose pages, as well as pages detached and laid in. Detached and laid-in pages have chipped edges from not aligning with text block. Previous owner's bookplate affixed to inner rear cover (see description). Lastly, adhesive tape label removed from spine, with white dry adhesive mark remaining.