New York/Toronto: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.. Near Fine in Near Fine dj. (c.1937). First Edition. Hardcover. [very nice copy, minimal shelfwear, very slight bumping to top corners; jacket clean and attractive, light wear and a couple of tiny tears at spine extremities]. (endpaper maps) Historical novel about the opening of what was in the 18th century referred to as the Northwest Territory -- basically the area surrounding the Great Lakes, comprising all or parts of the present-day states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. The action spans the years 1754 through 1787, and incorporates "Dinwiddie's war with the French, Braddock's expedition, the Pontiac uprising, George Rogers Clark's march on Vincennes, the formation of the great land companies, the [American] Revolution, and the ultimate opening of the Northwest Territory to settlement by the veterans of that war." If there's such a literary category as Manifest Destiny Fiction, this book sits squarely in the middle of it (although the terms itself wasn't yet in use during the time period depicted). . (Inventory #: 22804)
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