The Black Hawk War; Including a review of Black Hawk's life
Chicago: self-published, 1903. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's cloth with pastedown on spine and gilt lettering on front cover. Gilt top edge. Numerous photographic and text illustrations. 323 pp.
Corners bumped. Spine pastedown rather rubbed. Right edge of cloth spine covering torn from footer about halfway up. Ex-library with a stamp on bottom block edge, sticker residue on spine, bookplate inside front cover, card pocket on front free endpaper, and blind embossments in the corners of several pages. Some curious handwritten editorial notations on p. 164, and a few unobtrusive editorial marks throughout.
This is a scarce self-published book about the brief war between the Sauk nation (led by Black Hawk) and the US military. Black Hawk's defeat functionally marked the end of Native armed resistance to US expansion, and remains a major event in Illinois history. The Chicago NHL team, the Blackhawks, are named after the Sauk leader. This book contains many photographs and illustrations, all in excellent condition. The editorial corrections found occasionally suggest that this copy could have belonged to the author or editor, marking errata in advance of a reprint. Very good. Item #1709