Cherryvale, Ks.: Clarion Book & Job Print, 1885. ,145pp. 16mo. Modern marbled cloth. Very good. In a half morocco box. This copy bears the bookplate of William Elsey Connelly and two inscriptions concerning this book and its history. In one he writes: "Topeka, Aug. 20, 1913. J.B. Abbott did not write The Grim Chieftain of Kansas. It was written by Reeder M. Fish, associate editor of 'The Baldwin Criterion.' Lillie K. Sherwood was the daughter of Reeder M. Fish." A rare account of James Lane's struggles in organizing the Free-State party in Kansas. "The most graphic and complete presentation of an era altogether the most remarkable in the history of the most important personage (i.e., James Lane) known in the early struggles of Kansas" - Preface. "Lane was, to say the least, a controversial figure; many of his actions could be criticized. Still, he had his defenders and Fish was one of them" - Graff. This is an important narrative of the bitter wars on the Kansas border preceding the Civil War. GRAFF 1327. HOWES F149, "b." STREETER SALE 2029. EBERSTADT 133:587. (Inventory #: WRCAM26877)
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