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Yarsinske, Amy Waters. THE ELIZABETH RIVER. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Charleston: The History Press, 2007). 7x10. Over 190 images. 384 pages.
~~~ This definitive volume traces more than four centuries of the Elizabeth River's history. From the Great Bridge Lock to the Norfolk Naval Station, the Elizabeth River is a living body of water with a captivating past.

$30.00









Bernstein, Peter L., WEDDING OF THE WATERS: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. W.W. Norton & Company, 2005. 448 pages.
~~~ "The history of the Erie Canal is a story of American ingenuity. A great project that Thomas Jefferson judged to be 'little short of madness,' and that others compared with going to the moon, soon turned into one of the most successful and influential public investments in American history. In Wedding of the Waters, best-selling author Peter L. Bernstein recounts the canal's creation within the larger tableau of a youthful America in the first quarter-century of the 1800s. Leaders of the fledgling nation had quickly recognized that the Appalachian mountain range was a formidable obstacle to uniting the Atlantic states with the vast lands of the west. A pathway for commerce as well as travel was critical to the security and expansion of the Revolution's unprecedented achievement. Bernstein examines the social ramifications, political squabbles, and economic risks and returns of this mammoth project. He goes on to demonstrate how the canal's creation helped bind the western settlers in the new lands to their fellow Americans in the original colonies, knitted the sinews of the American industrial revolution, and even influenced profound economic change in Europe.

$24.95









[French Broad] Dykeman, Wilma, THE FRENCH BROAD. Illustrated by Douglas Gorsline. As new copy, trade paperback. University of Tennessee Press, Wakestone Books, 1992. Originally published in 1955. Bibliography, index, 371 pages.
~~~ In the introduction, Wilma Dykeman writes, ...this is the chronicle of a river and a watershed, and a way of life where yesterday and tomorrow meet in odd and fascinating harmony... Dwellers of the French Broad country are learning an ancient lesson in all their natural resources; it is easy to destroy overnight treasures that cannot be replaced in a generation, easy to destroy in a generation that which cannot be restored in centuries.

$15.00















[Gowanus Canal] Waldman, John, HEARTBEATS IN THE MUCK. VG+ in VG+ dust jacket. (NY: Lyons, 1999), 1st edition, gold boards; illustrations
~~~ New York Harbor is a rich aquatic wilderness that surrounds the world's greatest city. Once a pristine estuary bristling with oysters and striped bass, visited by sharks, porpoises, and seals, the harbor suffered centuries of rampant environmental abuse: garbage dumping, oil spills, sewage sludge, pesticides, heavy metals, poisonous PCBs, landfilling, and dredging greatly diminished its life, in some places to nil.
~~~ John Waldman chronicles this history, focusing on the animals, water quality, and habitats of the harbor, with personal accounts of his explorations of its farthest and most noteworthy reaches: a shad camp near the George Washington Bridge, the Arthur Kill (home of the resurgent heron colonies), the Hackensack Meadowlands, the darkness under a giant Manhattan pier, and the famously polluted Gowanus Canal. And the prognosis he provides for New York Harbor is a good one. Environmental action and awareness have allowed the harbor to cleanse itself, if not completely, at least enough to return a largely still-unrecognized vitality to its waters. Although New York Harbor will never regain its native biological glory, the return of oysters, striped bass, and a host of other creatures are symbols of what once seemed impossible-a harbor reborn.

$20.00









[Hudson River] Carmer, Carl, THE HUDSON. VG/VG. Minor chipping to jacket (in mylar), and small area scraped off on front panel. Book itself is bright & tight. Farrar and Rinehart, 1939, First Edition. Illustrated by Stow Wengenroth. Illustrated end pages. Bibliography, index, 434 pages. No. 6 in the Rivers of America series; described as the best title in the series. The Hudson is less a formal historical account of the discovery and development of the river than a personal, anecdotal view of it. Included are tales of white-sailed sloops and steamboat racing from Albany to New York; of old whalers and trader sea dogs of the Catskill shore; of showboats playing anti-rent melodramas to incite farmers against their landlords; of great disasters and heroic deeds; of the efforts of the Hudson River School to capture "sublimity" on canvas; of the quarrelsome, rough-and-tumble life of the Dutch along the river's banks; and many more. "[Carmer] tells the story of what I consider to be the most scenic of all American rivers through a series of episodes handed down from generation to generation. The style is intimate and his manner of story-telling is mesmeric. And when you've turned the last page, you've been entertained and educated about the heartland of early America. " ~~ The Trenton Times.

$50.00



[Hudson River] Clyne, Patricia, HUDSON VALLEY TALES AND TRAILS. Woodstock: 1997, 1st edition, Overlook. VG+ trade paperback; illustrations $10.00 .

$10.00



[Hudson River] Eberlin, Harold Donaldson and Cortlandt Van Dyke Hubbard, HISTORIC HOUSES OF THE HUDSON VALLEY. NY: Reprint of 1942 edition, Bonanza. VG-. No dust jacket. Green boards; oversize; illustrations $20.00 .

$20.00



[Gifford], Kevin J. Avery (Editor), Eleanor Jones Harvey, Franklin Kelly, Heidi Applegate, HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL VISIONS: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford . NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Yale University Press, 2003. 10x11. 304 pages. "Sanford Robinson Gifford was a leading Hudson River School artist. His love of nature first surfaced as a youth growing up in Hudson, New York, and, together with his admiration for the works of Thomas Cole, inspired him to become a landscape painter. Influenced as well by J. M. W. Turner and by trips to Europe in the 1850s, Gifford's art was termed "air painting," for he made the ambient light of each scene-color saturated and atmospherically enriched-the key to its expression. Gifford was a founder of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the time of his death, he was so esteemed by the New York art world that the Museum mounted an exhibition of his work-its first accorded an American artist-and published a Memorial Catalogue that for nearly a century remained the principal source on the artist. Now, to coincide with a long-overdue exhibition of Gifford's work, an important new book is being issued. This volume features essays examining Gifford's position in the Hudson River School, his Catskill and Adirondack subjects, his patrons, and his adventures as a traveler both at home and abroad. More than seventy of the artist's best-known sketches and paintings are discussed and reproduced in color." Currently in print at $60.

$50.00




[Hudson River] Rose, Peter G., FOODS OF THE HUDSON. NY: 1993, 1st edition, Overlook. VG+ in VG+ dust jacket 0879514892 brown boards; illustrations $22.50 .

$22.50









[Illinois River] Gray, James, THE ILLINOIS. VG. Trade paperback. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989). "A Prairie State Book". Illustrated by Aaron Bohrod, with an introduction by John Hallwas. Originally published in 1940 by Farrar & Rinehart. Bibliography, index, 355 pages.

From the arrival of Marquette and Jolliet in 1673 to the emergence of the prairie poets--Edgar Lee Master, Carl Sandberg, and Vachel Lindsay--in the twentieth century, James Gray traces the saga of the Illinois River and the people of central Illinois." No. 11 in the Rivers of America series. This paperback edition currently in print at $24.95.

$17.50


[Illinois River] Zalaznik, David (photographs & Introduction by...), LIFE ALONG THE ILLINOIS RIVER. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008), 11.75 x 10.25, 90 color photographs, 128 pages.

~~~The Illinois River flows through the heart of Illinois, beginning in the northeast of the state at the confluence of the Kankakee River and the Des Plaines River in Grundy County and extending 270 miles to the southwest, where it joins the Mississippi River at Grafton in Jersey County. A major colonial trade route and home to a diverse range of wildlife, the Illinois River still serves a vital role in shipping and fishing. Many people depend on this river for their livelihoods, and many more are drawn to its waters as an escape for recreation, sport, and reflection.

This collection of photographs offers intimate insight into the Illinois River, spanning its entire length and illustrating the river throughout all seasons. Evoking moods that are by turns meditative, practical, and quirkily playful, the ninety full-color photographs in this volume compose a portrait of the Illinois River with a face that is transformed throughout every hour of the day. Photojournalist David Zalaznik captures the spirit of people at work and at play on the river, as well as the quiet beauty of the flora and fauna that make the river a natural retreat. Guiding the reader through the unique communities built along the riverís shores--from Ottawa and Morris to Peoria and Chillicothe, from Lacon and Bath to Kampsville and Grafton, as well as many others--the photographs convey the sense of spontaneity, discovery, and celebration felt by people who live near or visit this great gift of nature.

Life along the Illinois River is a gracious portrait of a river that unites humanity and nature, and it offers a new vision of the Illinois Riverís vitality and its role in our lives. The book also includes a short introduction by the photographer and a foreword by Illinois Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn.

Currently in print at $34.95.

$30.00










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