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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





Dykeman, Wilma, THE FRENCH BROAD. As new copy, trade paperback. (University of Tennessee Press, Wakestone Books, 1992). Originally published in 1955. Illustrated by Douglas Gorsline. Bibliography, index, 371 pages.



$15.00





Waldman, John, HEARTBEATS IN THE MUCK. VG+ in VG+ dust jacket. (NY: Lyons, 1999). 1st edition, illustrations.


$20.00






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. (NY: 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


Clyne, Patricia, HUDSON VALLEY TALES AND TRAILS. VG+. Trade paperback. (Woodstock: Overlook, 1997), 1st edition, illustrations.


$10.00

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[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.

$50.00






Gray, James, THE ILLINOIS. VG. Trade Paperback. (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, "A Prairie State Book," 1989). 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 Masters, 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


Masters, Edgar Lee, ALONG THE ILLINOIS. VG/Poor. Significant portion of jacket missing along the top. (Prairie City, IL: The Press of James A. Decker, 1942). 85 pages.
~~~ Poems, chiefly about central Illinois to Chicago. Scarce title, especially in dust jacket. Protected in brodart.

$55.00




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