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Pingenot Auction, Lot 271


271. ROBINSON, Sara T. L. Kansas: Its Interior and Exterior Life. Includes a Full View of Its Settlement, Political History, Social Life, Climate, Soil, Productions, Scenery, etc. Boston: Crosby, Nichols and Company; Cincinnati: George S. Blanchard; London: Sampson Low, Son & Co., 1856. ix [1] 366, 6 (ads) pp., 2 engraved plates (including frontispiece). 8vo, original blind-stamped red cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Light shelf wear and plates browned, overall very good, and a bright copy in the unusual red binding. Front free endpaper with old oval inkstamp and early bookplate of J. E. Tilton Bookseller and Circulating Library. This is a difficult book to find in first edition and in fine condition.
         First edition. Adams, Herd 1921: "Scarce." Dary, Kanzana 37. Plains & the Rockies IV:279b:1: "The state of affairs during this hectic period is...realistically depicted by Sara Robinson." Rader 2804. Sabin 72178. Written during a three-month stay in the United States Camp at Lecompton, where the author’s husband was a state prisoner, Mrs. Robinson provides a wealth of detail on the early settlement of Kansas by ranchers, the Border Wars, and the vicissitudes of pioneer women in the attendant strife. Pingenot: Robinson provides information concerning settlement of Kansas, its climate, soil and productions. Scarce in the first edition as many editions followed.