Chicago, IL: The Chapman Publishing Co., 1904. First Edition. Deep brown leather over boards with four raised bands, titling in gilt on spine and cover, blind stamped boarder on front and back cover. 11" x 8.75", 19 - 1500. All edges gilt, pages clean with no writing or foxing. Cover has rubbing to front and back, a few dings, spine fade, two small splits at base of spine and along bottom edge of hinge. early wear through at back cover corners.
First 248 pp. comprise a narrative history of the counties with respect to culture, community, commerce and political progress. The balance of the book include more than 750 biographies and scores of full page plates of the distinguished settlers, leaders and officials who built state in its early years. Uncommonly very good condition for such a large book, still tight and well bound with no weakness at internal gutters. Item #2849
"Posterity will preserve this volume with care. from the fact that it perpetuates biographical history that otherwise would be wholly lost. (Preface).