[Belleville] Il. 1855. 600,xxiii,pp. Portrait. Thick 12mo. Original publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Corners worn, head and foot of spine heavily chipped, wear to spine. Minor foxing, contemporary pencil notations throughout text. About very good. Item #WRCAM43034
Howes notes that of this first edition of 400 copies, 300 were destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1857. Reynolds spent the early part of his life in Kentucky, travelling to Illinois with his parents in 1800. He became a lawyer, politician, and the governor of Illinois. An autobiography, the work is also an essential history of Illinois since 1800. Three chapters of this work are devoted to Mormonism, including its history, doctrine, and the murder of Joseph Smith and his brother in a Carthage, Illinois jail in 1844. "The book deals extensively with social, economic, and political conditions in the pioneer period and with the Black Hawk War...a good picture of frontier society" - Buck. "Best picture of Illinois pioneer life" - Howes. BYRD 2343. HOWES R236, "b." CLARK II:57. BUCK 57. GRAFF 3479. STREETER SALE 1510. FLAKE 7122. SABIN 70420.