A History of Illinois, from its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847. Containing a Full Account of the Black Hawk War, the Rise, Progress, and Fall of Mormonism, the Alton and Lovejoy Riots, and Other Important and Interesting Events. Illinois, Thomas Ford.

A History of Illinois, from its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847. Containing a Full Account of the Black Hawk War, the Rise, Progress, and Fall of Mormonism, the Alton and Lovejoy Riots, and Other Important and Interesting Events.

Chicago: Published by S. C. Griggs; New York: Iveson & Phinney, 1854. First edition. 8vo, original blind-stamped blue cloth, gilt spine, [1-2], [v]-xvii, [1], [19]-447, [1], [8] pages. Spine a bit sunned and spotted, with some light rubbing at the head and foot and to the corners; some slight bumping and darkening to the cloth; small tear to the fore-edge of two leaves of the publisher’s catalog in the rear; a very good copy. Item #18631

Includes a detailed contemporary account of the mob attacks on Nauvoo and the death of the prophet. Ante-Fire Imprints 91; Flake, Mormon Bibliography, 3397; Byrd 2105: “The History was written during the months from January, 1846, to April 12, 1847. Unable to secure a publisher, Ford, in a dying condition in 1850, placed the manuscript in the hands of General James Shields.”.

Price: $250.00

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