Walker, James Herbert
Title The Johnstown Horror or Valley of Death
Book Condition Fair
Edition 1st Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾
Publisher Philadelphia Keystone Publishing 1889
Seller ID 000360
New York: Keystone Publishing. Published 1889, first edition. Full leather hardcover with title on spine in gilt, in no dust jacket. 460 pp. Measures 5-3/8" x 7-3/4" tall. Full page illustrations throughout. Full title: The Johnstown Horror!!! or Valley of Death, being a complete and thrilling account of the awful floods and their appalling ruin, containing graphic descriptions of the terrible rush of waters; the great destruction of houses, factories, churches, towns and thousands of human lives; heart-rending scenes of agony, separation of loved ones, panic-stricken multitudes and their frantic efforts to escape a horrible fate. [end title] History: The Johnstown Flood occurred on May 31, 1889, as a result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam situated 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, made worse by several days of extremely heavy rainfall. The dam's failure unleashed a torrent of 20 million tons of water (4.8 billion U.S. gallons). The flood killed over 2,200 people and caused $17 million of damage. It was the first major disaster relief effort handled by the new American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton. Book in fair condition with flaws noted: Leather covers in poor condition, with edges, corners and spine chipped and rubbed. No moisture staining present on interior pages. Front and back inner gutter starting, with covers loose but fully attached. Spine chipped and 4" section removed from title area, as well as outer spine taped over with heavy clear tape. Lower 1/4 of pages 45-48 stained with wax or glue and damaged. Else, no interior writing, marks, tears, stamps, etc. Not ex-library or remainder marked.