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    A Great Lakes Treasury of Old Postcards: Canadian Harbour Scenes 1894-1960 by MARCOLIN, Lorenzo

    Midland, ON: Huronia Museum, 2007. Softcover. Near fine. 176 p. 21 x 25 cm. B&w illustrations. Softcover. Signed by author on title page. Includes postcards featuring Lake Superior, Sault Ste. Marie, Georgian Bay, Port Severn, Owen Sound, Wiarton, Tobermory, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, Niagara, Lake Ontario, Kingston, St. Lawrence River, Montrear. References and bibliography at rear.


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    Amerique Septentrionale by SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicholas (1600-1667)

    Paris: Chez l'Auteur Et chez Pierre Mariette rue S. Iacques a l Esperance, 1650 SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicholas (1600-1667). Amerique Septentrionale Par N. Sanson d'Abbeville Geog. du Roy A Paris Chez l'Auteur Et chez Pierre Mariette rue S. Iacques a l Esperance 1650. Avec privilege du Roy pour vingt Ans Single sheet (17 x 22 6/8 inches; 15 2/8 x 22 6/8 inches to the neat line; full margins showing the plate mark). Engraved map of North and Central America, showing the northeastern and southern coasts and territories in close detail, particularly New France and the Great Lakes, all of which are shown here for the FIRST TIME, the west coast extends as far north as as California, which is shown as an island, and New Mexico; the title appears within a fine rococo cartouche upper right, with lines of latitude and longitude numbered every 5 degrees, all with fine original colour in outline, on paper watermarked with Grapes, similar to Heawood 2428 with word Colonbier around grapes (central vertical crease, a bit browned, corners chipped with loss) Provenance: with Alta California Books, 7/66; from the important cartographical library of Warren Heckrotte, his sale, Rare Cartography, Exploration and Voyages, Part I, 29th October, 2015, lot 176 First edition, third issue. There are three states of the map: the first state, of which only two examples are known, which has no land to the north-west of California; the second state, also quite uncommon, adds coastline to the north and west and eliminates a few place-names north of California; the third state is the same as the second, except that Lake Ontario has been shaded to match the other Great Lakes. Sanson's "Amerique Septentrionale" is the most influential map of North America of the 17th-century. On it for the first time on a printed map are depictions of all five of the Great Lakes. "LANDMARK MAP OF NORTH AMERICA" (Burden) "In 1650 Sanson published his LANDMARK MAP OF NORTH AMERICA. It was drawn, with his usual care, using the sinusoidal projection which is sometimes known by the name Sanson-Flamstead. It is, perhaps, most important for being the first printed map to delineate the five Great Lakes in a recognisable form... Sanson's map was the first to name Lakes Superior and Ontario, and Lakes Erie and Huron, unnamed, appear in a more familiar form... Montreal, recorded here at the important junction of the R des Prairies, Ottawa River, and the St. Lawrence River, was chosen by Champlain in 1611 as the site for a trading post, but it was not until 1642 that it became occupied year round. The waters of the north illustrate the continued hope of a North West Passage. The majority of the cartography of New France was new and would remain as the most accurate until seperseded by Coronelli in 1688. The east coast of North America does not bear much detail, but one interesting feature is the location of "Novelle Amsterdam" on an island some distance off shore. The reference to N. Suede is the first on a printed map of the Swedish colony founded in 1638. The south and south-east are largely similar to those of the Hondius, America Septentrionalis, 1636. "To the west S. Fe, Navajo, Apache, Taosij and others all appear for the first time. The first is incorrectly placed on the west bank of the Rio Grande, here again flowing to the south-west. These were the first advances in the geography of this region for some time... California as an island is of the Briggs type with some important alterations; Sanson introduces four placenames from the de Laet map of 1630, C. de Fortune, C. de Pinos, C. de S. Martin and C. de Galera" (Burden 294). Louis XIV, The sun King, King of France (1643–1715) had ruled his country and a large proportion of North America for a mere 7 years when Sanson created this magnificent map of his French Dominions there. His reign, principally from his great palace at Versailles, covered one of Frances most brilliant periods and Louis, the Sun King, remains the symbol of absolute monarchy of the classical age. However the beginning of his reign was fraught with conflict at home and abroad. "Louis was nine years old when the nobles and the Paris Parlement (a powerful law court), driven by hatred of the prime minister Cardinal Jules Mazarin, rose against the crown in 1648. This marked the beginning of the long civil war known as the Fronde, in the course of which Louis suffered poverty, misfortune, fear, humiliation, cold, and hunger. These trials shaped the future character, behaviour, and mode of thought of the young king. He would never forgive either Paris, the nobles, or the common people. In 1653 Mazarin was victorious over the rebels and then proceeded to construct an extraordinary administrative apparatus with Louis as his pupil" (Encyclopedia Britannica). On the world stage, the war begun in 1635 between France and Spain was entering its last phase by the 1650s, and the outcome would transfer European hegemony from the Habsburgs to the Bourbons; in a further series of conflicts between 1667 and 1697, he extended France’s eastern borders at the expense of the Habsburgs and then, in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), engaged a hostile European coalition in order to secure the Spanish throne for his grandson. Sanson family members were revered among the foremost map makers in France for nearly a century. A leading exemplar of the French school of 17th century cartography, Nicholas Sanson is widely regarded as the founder of modern geography and it is generally held that the so-called "Great Age" of French cartography originated with his publications. This exquisite, hand-colored map of is a prime example of Nicholas Sanson's cartographic mastery. Sanson was born in Abeville, a town in the Picardy region of France, in the year 1600. As a young adult Sanson was a fervent historian, focusing his studies particularly on the ancient world. Many have hypothesized that Sanson turned to cartography simply as a way of illustrating his work on ancient history. Whatever his motivations for pursuing a career in map-publication, Sanson was undoubtedly the most prolific French cartographer during the reign of Louis XIV and as a result he was appointed Géographe Ordinaire du Roi in 1630. Sanson also served as a private geography tutor for the King. In the span of his career, Sanson published some 300 maps and two world atlases. He produced his first map when he was 16 and published his first atlas in 1645. Sanson also produced a series of four octavo volumes, each one devoted to one of the four known continents. Sanson's productions were praised for their precision and renowned for their attention to detail without excessive decoration. Indeed, some critics argued that his maps were too stark. Burden, MNA 294 ( R this copy). W-TW 47. Wa-NWC 360. Leighly 20 ( Rep 3rd state ). Pastoureau, Les Atlas Français. Pastoureau, Atlas du Monde ( Rep 2nd state ). Heidenreich, "Mapping the Great Lakes 1603-1700" in Cartographia, Vo. 17, No. 3, 1980, pp 32-64. This article is followed by sequel on the period 1700 -1760. .


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    Lakers, Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes by Altobello, Peter David

    Eden Press, 1988. 1st. fine/good.64 pencil drawings of ships that were destined to be sold for scrap. Altobello made many of these drawings in the actual scrap yards as the ships were being broken up.


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    Memories of the Lakes: Told in Story and Picture by Bowen, Dana Thomas

    Cleveland, Ohio: Freshwater Press, Inc., 1984. Dj has light edgewear with a few tiny tears & tape reinforcment at bottom spine edge.Very light wear. Very light soiling. . 6th Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The Fleet Histories Series Volume Four: The Five Fleets of James A. Paisley & Fourteen Fleets of James Playfair by GREENWOOD, John O

    Cleveland, Ohio: Freshwater Press, 1997. Hardcover. As new. ix, 165p. 29 cm x 22.5 cm. Blue cloth hardcover bindings with gold lettering on front board and spine. Includes pictorial dust jacket wrapped in protective mylar. Includes numerous black and white photographs throughout the text. A black and white photograph of the Midland Prince slipped between pages. No discernible wear. Pages clean. Text unmarked. Near new condition. A Historical Narrative and Photographic Depiction of Former and Present Great Lakes Fleets. This volume includes: The American Interlake; Canada-Cuba; Glen Line; Glen Steamship; Glen Transportation; Great Lakes Transportation; Great Lakes Transit; George Hall Coal & Shipping; Inland Lines; Inland Navigation; Lakewood; Midland Navigation; Midland Towing; Morrow; Northern Navigations; Paisley; Progress; Valley Camp and Valley Camp of Canada Fleets.


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    Cumbrian Brothers by David A. Cross

    Cumbrian Brothers : Letters from Percy Kelly to Norman Nicholson Cross. David A. 9780955320811 Fell Foot Press, Carlisle, Cumbria 2017, paperback FINE, 48pp, colour illustrations of Percy Kelly's work throughout, sound binding, crisp clean copy of a very rare title. LAKE DISTRICT, ART, POETRY, NICHOLSON, PERCY KELLY 42739 LAKE DISTRICT £71.50


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    MEMORIES OF THE LAKES by Dana Thomas Bowen

    This is a clean, tight copy. There are 60 double sided glossy plates showing various vessels on the Great Lakes. There are 292 pages including index of ships. A very attractive book.


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    The Indians of the Western Great Lakes, 1615-1760 (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) by W. Vernon Kinietz

    2007-03-01. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!


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    Chequamegon Bay and Apostle Islands (front cover title) by BENTON, Marjorie F. (ed.)

    Ashland, WI: The American Association of University Women, Chequamegon Branch, 1972. Softcover. Near fine. [24 p.]. 22 x 28 cm. Staplebound booklet with yellow paper covers. Former owner's label on first page. Interior states "The Golden Days of La Pointe, Bayfield, Ashland, Washburn: Historical Study of Chequamegon Bay Area." We are unsure whether this is the actual title or whether this booklet is some kind of supplement to an earlier book by that title.


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    Trading & Shipping on the Great Lakes by (ed)

    Coles, 1980. 1st. fine. tpb Partial Reprint of History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 1.(1899) A lively, easy to read history beginning with birch bark canoes and ending with the lake boats and trains of the 1890s. (see Saga of the Great Lakes for other part of Vol. 1)


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    Literary Guide to the Lake District (signed) by Grevel Lindop

    A Literary Guide to the Lake District (signed) Lindop. Greville 185058821X Sigma Leisure, Wilmslow, Cheshire 2005 Paperback VG+, signed copy. pp 356, signed dedication by the author on the title page. Illustrated with b/w pictures and maps, square sound binding, clean pages. Walk and drive to inspiring places - the famous and the little known. LAKES/ LITERATURE SIGNED COPY 42740 LAKES / L £9.00


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    Diaries from the Days of Sail by Bell, R.C

    Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974. 1st. vg/vg mylar. Three sailing diaries recording voyages across the Atlantic to Quebec and eastern North America; a cabin's boy's voyage to Shanghai; and an emigrant's diary sailing to Australia.


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    Amerique Septentrionale by SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicholas (1600-1667)

    Paris: Chez l'Auteur Et chez Pierre Mariette rue S. Iacques a l Esperance, 1650 SANSON D'ABBEVILLE, Nicholas (1600-1667). Amerique Septentrionale Par N. Sanson d'Abbevelle Geog. du Roy A Paris Chez l'Auteur Et chez Pierre Mariette rue S. Iacques a l Esperance 1650. Avec privilege du Roy pour vingt Ans Single sheet (16 7/8 x 22 6/8 inches; 15 2/8 x 22 6/8 inches to the neat line; full margins showing the plate mark). Exceptionally fine engraved map of North and Central America, showing the northeastern and southern coasts and territories in close detail, particularly New France and the Great Lakes, all of which are shown her for the FIRST TIME, the west coast extends as far north as as California, which is shown as an island, and New Mexico; the title appears within a fine rococo cartouche upper right, with lines of latitude and longitude, all with fine original colour in outline, paper watermark, Coat of Arms, Heawood 673, but without c-k (one of two insignificant marginal stains) Provenance: Galerie Grand Rue, Genève, 1980; from the important cartographical library of Warren Heckrotte, his sale, Rare Cartography, Exploration and Voyages, Part I, 29th October, 2015, lot 175 THE EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST STATE OF THIS SEMINAL MAP OF NORTH AMERICA, ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES KNOWN - THIS EXAMPLE DESCRIBED BY BURDEN for his bibliography: "The Mapping of North America", 294. Sanson's "Amerique Septentrionale" is the most influential map of North America of the 17th-century. On it for the first time on a printed map are depictions of all five of the Great Lakes: on this early state Lake Ontario is indicated by boundaries which do not have engraved shading, in contrast to the other lakes portrayed; the latitudes at the right and left sides are numbered every 10 degrees; the longitudes along the lower edge are numbered every 10 degrees; the Azores are not yet depicted in the Atlantic; the short segment of the coastline running almost due west just to the north and west of the island of California in not present; in the northwest quarter there are to be found the place names of Anian, Quivira, and Nouvelle Albion; and Conibus is slightly to the east of where it appears in subsequent issues. "LANDMARK MAP OF NORTH AMERICA" (Burden) "In 1650 Sanson published his LANDMARK MAP OF NORTH AMERICA. It was drawn, with his usual car, using the sinusoidal projection which is sometimes known by the name Sanson-Flamstead. It is, perhaps, most important for being the first printed map to delineate the five Great Lakes in a recognisable form... Sanson's map was the first to name Lakes Superior and Ontario, and Lakes Erie and Huron, unnamed, appear in a more familiar form... Montreal, recorded here at the important junction of the R des Prairies, Ottawa River, and the St. Lawrence River, was chosen by Champlain in 1611 as the site for a trading post, but it was not until 1642 that it became occupied year round. The waters of the north illustrate the continued hope of a North West Passage. The majority of the cartography of New France was new and would remain as the most accurate until seperseded by Coronelli in 1688. The east coast of North America does not bear much detail, but one interesting feature is the location of "Novelle Amsterdam" on an island some distance off shore. The reference to N. Suede is the first on a printed map of the Swedish colony founded in 1638. The south and south-east are largely similar to those of the Hondius, America Septentrionalis, 1636. "To the west S. Fe, Navajo, Apache, Taosij and others all appear for the first time. The first is incorrectly placed on the west bank of the Rio Grande, here again flowing to the south-west. These were the first advances in the geography of this region for some time... California as an island is of the Briggs type with some important alterations; Sanson introduces four placenames from the de Laet map of 1630, C. de Fortune, C. de Pinos, C. de S. Martin and C. de Galera. THE EXTREMELY RARE FIRST STATE OF THIS MAP, KNOWN ONLY IN TWO EXAMPLES, bears no coastlines to the west or north of California, only the names Anian, Quivera, Nouvelle Albion and Conibas appear above" (Burden 294). Louis XIV, The sun King, King of France (1643–1715) had ruled his country and a large proportion of North America for a mere 7 years when Sanson created this magnificent map of his French Dominions there. His reign, principally from his great palace at Versailles, covered one of Frances most brilliant periods and Louis, the Sun King, remains the symbol of absolute monarchy of the classical age. However the beginning of his reign was fraught with conflict at home and abroad. "Louis was nine years old when the nobles and the Paris Parlement (a powerful law court), driven by hatred of the prime minister Cardinal Jules Mazarin, rose against the crown in 1648. This marked the beginning of the long civil war known as the Fronde, in the course of which Louis suffered poverty, misfortune, fear, humiliation, cold, and hunger. These trials shaped the future character, behaviour, and mode of thought of the young king. He would never forgive either Paris, the nobles, or the common people. In 1653 Mazarin was victorious over the rebels and then proceeded to construct an extraordinary administrative apparatus with Louis as his pupil" (Encyclopedia Britannica). On the world stage, the war begun in 1635 between France and Spain was entering its last phase by the 1650s, and the outcome would transfer European hegemony from the Habsburgs to the Bourbons; in a further series of conflicts between 1667 and 1697, he extended France’s eastern borders at the expense of the Habsburgs and then, in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), engaged a hostile European coalition in order to secure the Spanish throne for his grandson. Sanson family members were revered among the foremost map makers in France for nearly a century. A leading exemplar of the French school of 17th century cartography, Nicholas Sanson is widely regarded as the founder of modern geography and it is generally held that the so-called "Great Age" of French cartography originated with his publications. This exquisite, hand-colored map of is a prime example of Nicholas Sanson's cartographic mastery. Sanson was born in Abeville, a town in the Picardy region of France, in the year 1600. As a young adult Sanson was a fervent historian, focusing his studies particularly on the ancient world. Many have hypothesized that Sanson turned to cartography simply as a way of illustrating his work on ancient history. Whatever his motivations for pursuing a career in map-publication, Sanson was undoubtedly the most prolific French cartographer during the reign of Louis XIV and as a result he was appointed Géographe Ordinaire du Roi in 1630. Sanson also served as a private geography tutor for the King. In the span of his career, Sanson published some 300 maps and two world atlases. He produced his first map when he was 16 and published his first atlas in 1645. Sanson also produced a series of four octavo volumes, each one devoted to one of the four known continents. Sanson's productions were praised for their precision and renowned for their attention to detail without excessive decoration. Indeed, some critics argued that his maps were too stark. Burden, MNA 294 ( R this copy). W-TW 47. Wa-NWC 360. Leighly 20 ( Rep 3rd state ). Pastoureau, Les Atlas Français. Pastoureau, Atlas du Monde ( Rep 2nd state ). Heidenreich, "Mapping the Great Lakes 1603-1700" in Cartographia, Vo. 17, No. 3, 1980, pp 32-64. This article is followed by sequel on the period 1700 -1760. This map was the subject of a study by Warren Heckrotte published in The Map Collector in 1980, at which time it was the only known copy. A copy of the article, "Nicholas Sanson's Map of North American 1650: An apparently unrecorded first state," accompanies the map..


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    Report from The Committee on Roads and Canals by Committee on Roads and Canals

    Washington, 1844. Hardcover. Near Fine. 28th Congress, 1st Session, 268. 45 p. 23 cm. Bound in striped cloth with marbled paper boards. Tan label. Former owner's label attached to front endpaper. Small bookbinder's label (Swansong) on rear pastedown.


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    American Guide: The Lake States, The Plains States by pstairsAlsberg,Henry G

    1949. American Guide: The Lake States, The Plains States by Henry G. Alsberg, Hastings House, 1949, hard cover, no dj, vg condition, 277 pages.


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    Three Years Travels throughout the Interior Parts of North America by CARVER, Captain Johnathan

    Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge, 1802. Fourth American edition. Full-Leather. Fair. xvi, 312 p. 17 cm. Full leather. Spine rubbed, corners worn, small tear in spine head. Bookplate residue on front pastedown. Page vii loose. Dampstains and foxing with pages 60-73 especially darkened. Chip from bottom of p. 275 and rear free endpaper. Carver set out by boat in 1766 seeking a water route across the continent. He explored the West more extensively than any other British explorer had yet, and his book sparked other interest in finding a route to the Pacific. His descriptions are detailed accounts of the surprises one might expect as a pioneer in rough territory. Particularly of note are his observations on the culture of the Native inhabitants of the region; the book is an important early reference in Native and Colonial studies. Originally published in 1778 under the title Travels through the interior parts of North America in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768. Sabin 11185. Howes 215.


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    Transportation on the Great Lakes by War Department. Corps of Engineers U.S. Army and United States Shipping Board

    Washington: Government Printing Office, 1930. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. Transportation Series No. 1. Prepared for The Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbours War Department and the Bureau of Operations United States Shipping Board. xi, 423 p. 23 cm. Fold-out colour maps. Many b&w plates. Green paper covers. Minor wear to covers. Small owner's stamp to front cover. Owner's label on first leaf.


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    Report on Ship Canal From the Great Lakes to the Navigable Waters of the Hudson River by ANONYMOUS

    Washington, 1894. Hardcover. Near Fine. 53rd Congress, 2d Session, Report No. 913. 50 p. 24 cm. Bound in red cloth with marbled boards. White label. Former owner's label attached to front endpaper. Small bookbinder's label (Swansong) on rear pastedown.


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    The Fleet Histories Series Volume Six: The Fleets of Cleveland-Cliffs, Detroit and Cleveland Navigation, Traverse City Transportation and the Hawgood Family by GREENWOOD, John O

    Cleveland, Ohio: Freshwater Press, 1998. Hardcover. As new. ix, 198p. 29 cm x 22.5 cm. Blue cloth hardcover bindings with gold lettering on front board and spine. Includes pictorial dust jacket wrapped in protective mylar. Includes numerous black and white photographs throughout the text. No discernible wear. Pages clean. Text unmarked. Near new condition. A Historical Narrative and Photographic Depiction of Former and Present Great Lakes Fleets. This volume looks at the early beginnings, fleet composition, accident details, incidents, and rationale for cessation of operations for the fleets of Cleveland-Cliffs, Detroit and Cleveland Navigation, Traverse City Transportation and those of the Hawgood family.


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    Report on Ship Canal From the Great Lakes to the Navigable Waters of the Hudson River by ANONYMOUS

    [Washington], 1896. Hardcover. Fine. 54th Congress, 1st Session, Report No. 423. 50 p. 23 cm. Bound in green cloth with marbled paper. Cream label. Label of former owner attached to front endpaper. Small bookbinder's label (Swansong) on rear pastedown.


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    Tarry Breeks and Velvet Garters by Snider, C.H.J

    Ryerson Press, 1958. 1958. very good/fair +. chipping on top and front cover. several tears taped. The development of the French fleet on the Great Lakes from the days of La Salle to the battles with the English for domination of the continent.


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    Our Great Lakes Fisheries: A Vanishing Heritage by HARRIS, Edward

    Toronto: William Briggs, 1906. First Edition. Original Wraps. Very Good. 31 p. 22 cm. Staplebound booklet.


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    Men 'N Boats: The Fisheries of the Great Lakes by PROTHERO, Frank

    Copyright by The Great Lakes Fisherman, Port Stanley, Ontario, nd. Hardcover. Good +. 174 p. 29 cm. B&w illustrations. Blue cloth. Corners and edges a bit worn, some dust to cloth. Some thumbing. For a signed copy in dustjacket see our listing #119711 or contact Attic Books.


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    The Honorable Peter White, A Biographical Sketch of the Lake Superior Iron Country by WILLIAMS, Ralph D

    Cleveland, Ohio: Freshwater Press, 1986. Facsimile edition. Hardcover. Fine. Octavo, 205pp., illustrated. About fine in the publisher's tan cloth with applied photograph and gilt title, imitating the 1905 edition. Spine a tinge cocked.


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    The Fate of the Lakes: A Portrait of the Great Lakes by barry,james p

    bonanza, 1972. Hardcover. Acceptable. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. The dust jacket is missing. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.


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