Large paper, unopened, presentation copy. 1927 Journals and Letters of Major John Owen. Edward Eberstadt, New York. Montana History


The Journals and Letters of Major John Owens. This copy, a presentation copy of the editor, publisher, and well-known Western Americana bookseller "Edward Eberstadt". It is also one of a limited edition of fifty copies printed on large paper, and this copy is unopened (at printing the leaves are larger, and folded to make the pages; in this copy the folds have not been cut, so some pages have not been accessed yet).

Major John Owens is yet another character that challenges the revisionist history narrative of the settlers as invaders that stole the natives lands. Owens married a native, and partnered with the natives in the region in farming. He is considered a Montana settler hero.

This book was given to an A.H. Greenly, who ran Father Richard's Press in Detroit. E.E. writes, "To a rare and gentle friend".

Physical Attributes -

Each volume measures approx. 29 x 19 x 3.5 cm, 4to. Vellum spines with paper covered boards. Two volumes. Two maps, thirty plates. Large paper edition. Unopened. Presentation copy. In (broken) slipcase.

Condition -

See pictures. The cardboard slipcase is cracked, worn, etc.. The books are in great condition though. There's a little soiling to the exposed spine, and a 1 cm chip at the bottom of volume one.

The publisher left an inscription on the blank endpaper of volume one. There's also bookseller notes on the pastedown (back of front board, saying "2 vols, one of 50 copies on large paper", There's a thumb on the first free endpaper, and I occasionally see the same thumb here and there. Mostly quite clean though, as unopened.

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