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Connor, Ralph; Louis Rhead, illus. The sky pilot: A tale of the foothills. Chicago: Fleming H. Revell & Co., 1900. 8vo (18.8 cm, 7.375"). Frontis., 300 pp.; 5 plts. $20.00
From the prolific Canadian novelist Ralph Connor — pseudonym of the prominent Presbyterian and later United leader, the Rev. Dr. Charles William Gordon (1860–1937). This tale of the "Foothill Country" — where the "rounded hills . . . join the prairies to the [Rocky] mountains" — follows preacher Arthur Wellington Moore, also known as the "Sky Pilot," and his attempt to bring religion to the wild frontier by building a church. American artist Louis Rhead provided six plates to illustrate the story.
Binding: Publisher's yellow cloth with black lettering to spine. On the front board, the main design features a cowboy stamped in black with his face hidden in the shadow of his hat; a brown-stamped section bears black lettering. Binding by => Frank Hazenplug, unsigned.
Provenance: On front free endpaper, two name-stamps of Sarah E. Lembeck.
Minsky, American Decorated Publisher Bindings,1872–1929, Vol. III, p. 9. Binding as above, rear board lightly soiled. Provenance as above, some ink from stamps transferred to front pastedown, very occasional faint spot of soiling to page margins. A simple but bold decorated binding. (37560) Please RESHELVE This.
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