Wilderness Clearing

This 1944 first edition of Wilderness Clearing by young adult historical fiction author Walter D. Edmonds was purchased at Pegasus Antiques in Chester, New Jersey. Edmonds’ 1936 novel Drums Along the Mohawk was a commercial and critical success, telling the story of Revolutionary War-era fictional settlers living in the upstate New York Mohawk Valley, and their…

Folk Medicine

  This 1960 edition of Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health by D. C. Jarvis, M.D., was purchased at the Scranberry Coop in Andover, New Jersey. Any literature pertaining to traditional early American medicine—or essentially plants, herbs and tinctures— captures my attention, and I’m always amazed at the bountiful pharmacy growing in our…

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild by Jack London was published in 1903 to critical acclaim. It’s a prime example of the American pastoral: the domesticated protagonist Buck rejects modernity and chooses primitive life in the wilderness. An action-adventure “survival of the fittest” animal parable, Call of the Wild combines popular literary genres while writing a beautiful, persuasive…

Dickon Among the Lenape Indians

This 1938 first edition copy of Dickon Among the Lenape Indians by M.R. Harrington was purchased at the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME; an exciting find in a bookstore outside of New Jersey. Still used as an educational tool for New Jersey elementary school students, this work has been lauded for its accurate depiction of Lenape Indian life…

Sword of the Wilderness

 Sword of the Wilderness by Elizabeth Coatsworth tells the story of a child kidnapped by Native Americans in 1689 in Maine. This copy was published in 1936 and purchased at Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, Maine. I particularly enjoy collecting old illustrated children’s literature that describes life in early America, particularly encounters with Native Americans, so this fits…

Thrilling Lives of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill

A 1911 edition of Thrilling Lives of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill by Frank Winch, purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ. Another great addition to my collection, combining my interests in folklore, early perceptions of Native Americans and children’s literature. History is merely the chronicle of great men. Their deeds remain alive forever…